ASAP Ferg

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ASAP Ferg
ASAP Ferg Live In Concert.jpg
ASAP Ferg performing in December 2013.
Background information
Birth name Darold Ferguson, Jr.
Born (1988-10-20) October 20, 1988 (age 25)[1]
Harlem, New York City, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 2007–present
Labels A$AP Worldwide, Polo Grounds, RCA
Associated acts ASAP Mob, Juicy J
Website www.traplord.com

Darold Ferguson, Jr. (born October 20, 1988), better known by his stage name ASAP Ferg (stylized as A$AP Ferg), is an American hip hop recording artist from New York City's Harlem neighborhood. He is a member of the hip hop collective A$AP Mob, from which he adopted his moniker. In January 2013, Ferg signed a solo record deal with Polo Grounds and RCA, the same labels that helped launch A$AP Worldwide, when Ferg's A$AP Mob cohorts ASAP Rocky and ASAP Yams, negotiated their own respective deal in 2011. His debut album Trap Lord was released on August 20, 2013, and was met with generally positive reviews.

Early life[edit]

ASAP Ferg was born Darold Ferguson in Harlem on October 20, 1988. Ferg was raised in an area notoriously known as "Hungry Ham (Hamilton Heights)".[2] His father, Darold Ferguson, owned a Harlem boutique and printed shirts and logos for record labels including Bad Boy Records and luminaries such as Teddy Riley, Heavy D, Bell Biv DeVoe, and more. Even though he immersed himself in music, the younger Ferg pursued fashion at first.[2] Inspired by his father, who died of kidney failure, Ferg launched clothing and jewelry lines at a young age and attended art school.[2] Launching Devoni Clothing in 2005, he designed and distributed high-end belts worn by Chris Brown, Swizz Beatz, and Diggy Simmons.[2]

Musical career[edit]

2009–2012: ASAP Mob[edit]

Eventually, he started doing music. "Trapping means hustling," he explained. "I went from painting to making clothes to rapping. I always put myself into everything I do one hundred percent. It doesn't matter what I'm working on. I want to perfect everything I do. Success is the only option. They call me ‘Trap Lord’ because my hustle game is impeccable."[2] Friends since high school, ASAP Rocky recognized that Ferg had an "impeccable hustle game" and pushed Ferg to continue rapping as much as possible. They later joined the hip hop collective ASAP Mob, from which they both adopted their respective monikers.[2] Since 2010, they collaborated on various songs such as "Get High," "Kissin' Pink" and "Ghetto Symphony", the latter being from Rocky's chart-topping major label debut, Long. Live. ASAP (2013).[3]

2012–present: Trap Lord[edit]

Ferg's debut single "Work", produced by Chinza // Fly, appeared on the ASAP Mob mixtape Lords Never Worry, released on August 28, 2012.[4][4] The song's music video quickly earned over 2 million online views and was dubbed one of the "50 Best Songs of 2012" by Complex Magazine.[5] On January 10, 2013, he announced Trap Lord would be the title of his debut album.[6] When speaking on his debut album Trap Lord, Ferg said: "I hope people take the good and the bad from what I've got to say, I've seen so much shit in my life. There were times I ducked bullets at a basketball game, and then I went to a fashion show. I've experienced depression. I've experienced triumph. I've experienced hate. I've experienced love. I learned how to be independent. I made it out of the hood, and now I want go to the top."[2]

On January 10, 2013, it was announced that he signed a record deal with RCA Records and Polo Grounds.[7] On May 14, 2013, the remix to "Work", featuring fellow American rappers ASAP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, French Montana and Trinidad James, was released to digital retailers.[8] On June 2, 2013, while revealing Trap Lord would feature guest appearances from hip hop groups Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Onyx, Ferg announced that the album would be released on August 20, 2013.[9] On October 15, he was named "Rookie of the Year" at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards.[10] However, he was not there to accept the award as he did not think he was going to win.[11]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B US
Rap
UK
Trap Lord[12] 9 4 2 85
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

EPs[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B/HH US
Rap
L.O.R.D.[14]
(with ASAP Mob)
TBR TBR TBR
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with year released
Title Album details
Lords Never Worry[15]
(with ASAP Mob)
  • Released: August 28, 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
US R&B
[16]
US Rap
"Work"[17] 2013 100
[18][19]
30 Lords Never Worry
"Work" (Remix)[8]
(featuring ASAP Rocky, French Montana, Trinidad James and Schoolboy Q)
Trap Lord
"Shabba"[20]
(featuring ASAP Rocky)
107 34
"Hood Pope"
"Shabba (Remix)"[21]
(featuring Shabba Ranks, Busta Rhymes and Migos)
Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
US R&B
US Rap
"Lotta That"
(G-Eazy featuring ASAP Ferg and Danny Seth)
2014 114 32 21 These Things Happen
"Hella Hoes"
(ASAP Mob featuring ASAP Rocky, ASAP Nast, ASAP Ferg and ASAP Twelvy)
60 L.O.R.D.
"Don't Wanna Dance"
(Elle Varner featuring ASAP Ferg)
4 Letter Word
"Truck On D Road" (Remix)
(Bunji Garlin featuring ASAP Ferg)
Differentology
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart
positions
Album
US
US
R&B

US
Rap

"Ghetto Symphony"
(ASAP Rocky featuring Gunplay and ASAP Ferg)
2013 52 Long. Live. ASAP
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Get High"[22] 2010 ASAP Rocky Deep Purple
"Kissin' Pink"[23] 2011 Live. Love. ASAP
"Harlem to Texas"[24] 2012 OG Che$$ N/A
"Home"[25]
"love2K"[26] 2013 Kilo Kish, Smash Simmons K+
"Max Julien"[27] Funkmaster Flex, ASAP Rocky Who You Mad At? Me or Yourself?
"Trap Lords"[27] Funkmaster Flex, Bodega Bamz
"Take It Easy"[28] Peter Rosenberg, ASAP Rocky New York Renaissance
"Uptown"[29] Travis Scott Owl Pharaoh
"Say Amen"[30] Bodega Bamz Strictly 4 My P.A.P.I.Z.
"Bossin Up"[31] Kid Ink, French Montana Almost Home
"Click Clack"[32] YG Mr. Sold Out Pt. 25
"So Cold"[33] Dash, ASAP Nast V.I.C.E.S
"Smoke Signals"[34] Audobon Hotel Audubon
"More Champagne"[35] DJ Whoo Kid, Wiz Khalifa, Problem N/A
"Lullaby"[36] 2014 Aston Matthews Aston 3:16
"Lac Lac"[37] Big K.R.I.T. N/A
"We Don't Fuckin Care" Onyx Wakedafucup
"Hands On Me"[38] Ariana Grande My Everything

Awards and nominations[edit]

BET Hip Hop Awards[edit]

The BET Hip Hop Awards were established in 2013 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate hip-hop performers, producers and music video directors.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2013[10] ASAP Ferg Rookie of the Year Won
ASAP Ferg and Scout Video Director of the Year Nominated

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