ASAP Mob

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A$AP Mob
ASAP Rocky+Ferg.jpg
A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg performing with A$AP Mob in December 2013.
Background information
Origin Harlem, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Years active 2007–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website asapmob.com
Members A$AP Ant
A$AP Bari
A$AP Ferg
A$AP Lotto
A$AP Nast
A$AP Rocky
A$AP Illz
A$AP Twelvyy
A$AP Ty Beats
Da$h
Past members A$AP Dom
A$AP Yams (deceased)

ASAP Mob (stylized as A$AP Mob) is an American hip hop collective formed in 2007, in Harlem, New York, by members A$AP Yams, A$AP Bari and A$AP Illz.[1] The Mob is a collective of rappers, producers, video directors and fashion designers who share similar interests in music, fashion, style and art.[2] The collective consists of New York-based rappers, most of whom carry the "A$AP" moniker, such as A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Twelvyy, A$AP Nast and A$AP Ant. The collective's resident record producer A$AP Ty Beats, also carries the moniker and has produced several songs for his ASAP Mob cohorts, most notably Rocky's debut single "Peso".

On August 28, 2012 the group released their first full-length project together, a mixtape titled Lords Never Worry, which received mostly mixed to negative reviews by critics. In August 2013, it was announced A$AP Mob's upcoming debut studio album, would be released on October 15, 2013, however that would be delayed. They later released their debut single "Trillmatic", in December 2013. The song, by A$AP Nast, is an ode to 90's hip hop and features a guest verse from Method Man.[3][4][5] Their debut studio album, titled L.O.R.D., was set to be released in 2014, however the album would later be scrapped.

On January 18, 2015, A$AP Mob founder, Steven "A$AP Yams" Rodriguez, was found dead at the age of 26.[6] The cause of death was ruled acute mixed drug intoxication.[7]

History[edit]

Formation and early beginnings (2007–12)[edit]

In 2007, Steven Rodriguez, professionally known as A$AP Yams, formed the collective internationally known as A$AP Mob, with fellow New Yorkers, now known as A$AP Bari and A$AP Illz.[1] Harlem-bred rapper A$AP Rocky, joined after Bari had kept bringing him up to Yams, who eventually took interest.[1] In the summer of 2011, the group began to gain major recognition after the respective music videos for Rocky's singles "Peso" and "Purple Swag" (both produced by A$AP Ty Beats), went viral on YouTube. Rocky followed up with his breakout mixtape Live. Love. A$AP, in October, which was praised by critics and fans alike.

In October 2011, Rocky signed a record deal with Sony Music Entertainment worth $3 million. $1.7 million of that money was earmarked for his solo work and $1.3 million to fund his company A$AP Worldwide, along with A&R and executive producer ASAP Yams.[8] Rocky said that he sought a "bigger platform" for him and his collective with the deal.[9]

In 2011, A$AP Dom, the collective's designer, who worked on the design of the iconic VSVP pieces for Blackscale, wanted to venture out and do his "own thing". He subsequently left the Mob and changed his moniker to Dominic Lord and is now a songwriter and producer.[10]

Lords Never Worry and L.O.R.D. (2012–15)[edit]

Members of ASAP Mob with Joey Badass (left) at the Under the Influence Tour in Toronto, Canada on 10 August 2013.

On August 27, 2012, A$AP Mob released their debut project, a mixtape titled Lords Never Worry, as a free download.[11] During September through November, Rocky promoted his solo debut album, with a 40-date national concert tour, the Long Live ASAP Tour, with opening acts Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown, and A$AP Mob.[12]

In January 2013, A$AP Ferg was the second member of the group to sign with a major label, also signing a joint venture deal with Rocky's same labels, RCA and Polo Grounds, which released his single "Work", for retail on iTunes.[13] The labels also later promoted an official remix of "Work", featuring Rocky, French Montana, Schoolboy Q and Trinidad James.[14]

Rocky's debut album Long. Live. A$AP, was released on January 15, 2013, to generally positive reviews from critics.[15] The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 139,000 copies in the United States.[16]

A$AP Ferg announced that A$AP Mob would release their debut album after the release of his solo debut album Trap Lord.[17] It was later revealed the release date for the upcoming ASAP Mob album would be October 15, 2013, however it would be delayed.[18] A$AP Ferg released his respective debut studio album Trap Lord, on August 20, 2013, under A$AP Worldwide, Polo Grounds and RCA.[19] The album peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200 and number four the on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, with first-week sales of 32,000 copies in the United States.[20] In November 2013, ASAP Rocky announced that ASAP Mob's debut album would be titled Lords.[21] On December 3, 2013, it was announced that the album would be released on March 4, 2014.[4] On December 4, 2013, the album's first single, titled "Trillmatic", was released along with an accompanying music video.[22] The single, produced by A$AP Ty Beats, features verses from ASAP Nast and fellow American rapper and New York City-native, Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man. The album title was then changed to L.O.R.D.[23][24] On January 13, 2014, "See Me" by ASAP Ant, another song from L.O.R.D. was released.[25]

On September 26, 2014, A$AP Yams revealed L.O.R.D., had been scrapped. Posting on his personal Tumblr and replying to a fan, Yams wrote the following: "L.O.R.D. IS SCRAPPED. FLACKO JODYE SEASON THIS FALL".[26]

On January 18, 2015, members of A$AP Mob revealed that A$AP Yams had died, however did not release any information about his death.[27] The cause of death was ruled to be caused by acute mixed drug intoxication.[7] However ASAP Mob members and affiliates, say Yams died due to his sleep apnea, which caused asphyxiation and pulmonary aspiration.[28][29][30]

Discography[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with year released
Title Album details
Lords Never Worry[31]

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
UK UK
R&B
"Bath Salts"[32]
(featuring A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ant, and Flatbush Zombies)
2012 Lords Never Worry
"Trillmatic"[33]
(featuring A$AP Nast and Method Man)
2013 193 29 N/A
"Xscape"[34]
(featuring A$AP Twelvyy)
2014
"Hella Hoes"[35]
(featuring A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast and A$AP Twelvyy)
60
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director(s)
"Trillmatic"
(featuring A$AP Nast and Method Man)
2013 Jonah Schwartz[22][36]
"See Me"
(featuring A$AP Ant)
2014 Andrew Hines[25]
"Xscape"
(featuring A$AP Twelvyy)
Simon Davis
"Hella Hoes"
(featuring A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, and A$AP Twelvyy)
Jonah Schwartz

Awards and nominations[edit]

BET Awards[edit]

Year Recipient / Nominated work Award Result
2014[37] A$AP Mob Best Group Nominated

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Huynh, Davis. "A$AP Rocky – Always $trive and Prosper". Hypetrak. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  3. ^ "A$AP Mob’s ‘Trillmatic’ Video: Count the 1990s References". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Video: A$AP Mob f/ A$AP Nast & Method Man – ‘Trillmatic’". Rap-Up. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "A$AP Nast Ft Method Man - Trillmatic - HipHopLeague". HipHopLeague. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Ducker, Eric. A Rational Conversation with ASAP Yams. NPR. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  7. ^ a b CARAMANICA, JON. "Staff Writer". New York Times. New York Times. 
  8. ^ Adaso, Henry. "A$AP Rocky Biography". About.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ Coleman II, C. Vernon (October 14, 2011). "A$AP Rocky Signs Record Deal With Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records". Hip-Hop Wired. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  10. ^ "MissInfo.tv » The New Bidding War Target: Dominic Lord, "Pierce" (Video) #Exclusive". Missinfo.tv. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  11. ^ Pelly, Jenn (August 27, 2012). "Download the New Mixtape Lords Never Worry From A$AP Rocky's A$AP Mob". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  12. ^ McDermott, Tyler K. (July 25, 2012). "A$AP Rocky Announces 'LONGLIVEA$AP Tour'". Billboard (New York: Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  13. ^ Daniel Isenberg. "A$AP Ferg Signs Solo Deal with Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records". Complex. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "A$AP Ferg Videos - Says "Work" Remix To Feature A$AP Rocky & Trinidad James". Hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  15. ^ "Long.Live.A$AP Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 1/20/2013". HipHopDX. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  17. ^ "A$AP Ferg Teases New A$AP Mob Album". XXL. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "HITSDailyDouble: Upcoming Releases". Hitsdailydouble.com. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  19. ^ "Trap Lord: Asap Ferg: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
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  21. ^ "Powerhouse 2013 Was Crazy!". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
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  23. ^ "A$AP Ant Plans A Robbery In "See Me" Video - XXL". XXL. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  24. ^ "Rap Release Dates: Juicy J, Meek Mill, Murs & Curtiss King, Killa Sha". Hiphopdx.com. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  25. ^ a b Breihan, Tom (January 14, 2014). "A$AP Ant – "See Me" Video". Stereogum. Spin Media. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  26. ^ "You my dude and A$AP Is my fav rap / fashionable ...". Yamborghini.tumblr.com. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  27. ^ White, Caitlin (January 18, 2015). "ASAP Mob founder ASAP Yams dead at 26". MTV News. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  28. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-juice/6450852/asap-rocky-asap-yams-death-sundance-2015-dope
  29. ^ http://www.mstarz.com/articles/59509/20150324/asap-rocky-asap-yams-suffocated-vomit-sleep-apnea-killed-video.htm
  30. ^ http://www.hollywoodtake.com/aap-yams-death-cause-revealed-joey-fatts-denies-overdose-talks-sleep-apnea-steven-69862
  31. ^ Breihan, Tom (August 28, 2012). "Download A$AP Mob Lord$ Never Worry Mixtape". Stereogum. Spin Media. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
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  33. ^ "Trillmatic (feat. A$AP Nast & Method Man) - Single by ASAP Mob". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  34. ^ "iTunes - Music - Xscape (feat. A$AP Twelvyy) - Single by A$AP Mob". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  35. ^ "iTunes - Music - Hella Hoes (feat. A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast & A$AP Twelvyy) - Single by A$AP Mob". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  36. ^ "New Video: A$AP Nast Feat. Method Man 'Trillmatic'". Vibe.com. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  37. ^ "Beyonce & Jay Z Lead 2014 BET Awards". Billboard. 2014-01-26. Retrieved 2014-05-14.