In a recent interview with The Vine, the A$AP Mob‘s second most famous member spoke about his crew and his hometown. A$AP Ferg was asked to share his thoughts on the current climate within the New York City hip-hop scene, and he didn’t mince words. When asked if it was important for New York rappers to put on a great live show, Ferg was frank in his response.
“Nah, because there’s a lot of New York rappers who are lazy,” Ferg said directly. “For sure.” He also admitted that he wasn’t certain if the A$AP Mob was all that beloved in its hometown. “Um, I don’t really know. Honestly. Because there are people who travel from all across the world to come to New York for our shows. Whether the New Yorkers themselves embrace us like that, I’m not really sure.”
Speaking about the A$AP Mob, Ferg also made it clear that he has always intended to forge his own sound and persona, regardless of affiliations. In the wake of Mob star A$AP Rocky’s 2013 success, many seemed surprised to see Ferg take a different direction, artistically.
“I was born alone, I’m gonna die alone. I have my own identity,” Ferg said. “I’m my own person and no two people are the same. I want to teach the f—— kids out there that they can be themselves and still flourish and go and make things happen— go and be the biggest artist and the biggest whatever you want. That’s my own mission in life—to preach to kids that they can do whatever they want to do— and the fact that you are yourself, that’s special in itself.”
When questioned about plans for the rest of 2014, he replied, “I’m just gonna put out more records; we’re gonna put out this A$AP Mob album. I’m gonna put out another album and then another album after that. And then I’m gonna put out a mixtape, and then I’m gonna put out another ten songs, and then I’m gonna put out a hundred more songs and a thousand songs after that.”