Shabba (song)

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Single by ASAP Ferg featuring ASAP Rocky
from the album Trap Lord
Released July 16, 2013
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:41
Label A$AP Worldwide, Polo Grounds, RCA
Songwriter(s) Darold Ferguson Jr., Rakim Mayers, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Curtis Samuel, Matthew Washington
Producer(s) Snugsworth
ASAP Ferg singles chronology
"Work (Remix)"
"Hood Pope"
"Work (Remix)"
"Hood Pope"
ASAP Rocky singles chronology
"Wild for the Night"
(2013) Wild for the Night2013
(2013) Shabba2013
"Fashion Killa"
Music video
"Shabba" on YouTube
Fashion Killa2013

"Shabba" is a song by American hip hop recording artist ASAP Ferg. It was released on July 16, 2013 as the second single from his debut studio album Trap Lord (2013). The song, produced by Snugsworth, features a guest appearance from Ferg's ASAP Mob cohort ASAP Rocky.[1] The song's title refers to Jamaican dancehall musician Shabba Ranks, who makes a cameo appearance in the song's music video and appears on the remix. The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Music video[edit]

On July 15, 2013, the music video for "Shabba" featuring ASAP Rocky was released.[2] The ASAP Mob and Shabba Ranks make cameo appearances throughout the video, which was directed by Andrew Hines.


On November 22, 2013, the remix featuring Shabba Ranks, Busta Rhymes and Migos was released.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

On December 2, 2013, Complex named "Shabba" the third best song released in 2013. They commented saying, "As the son of Trini parents growing up in Harlem, Ferg was raised around Caribbean sounds, so it's fascinating to see him pay tribute to the dancehall emperor by breaking down Shabba’s essence to a mathematical equation. “Eight gold rings” x “four gold chains” x “two bad bitches” x “one gold tooth” = Shabba Ranks. Getting Shabba to appear in the song’s infectiously raucous video, and later on a remix, is more than a co-sign, it’s a coup de grace that elevates this sure-shot party-starter to more than just a simple shout-out. So when Ferg says “my yute don’t ramp with me,” trust and believe that he knows exactly what he’s talking about."[4] Pitchfork Media ranked it at number 23 on their list of the top 100 tracks of 2013. They elaborated saying, "Ferg's rubberband flow tauntingly flossing about making raw-dogging his key to relationship trust, rocking gear like it's Mortal Kombat couture. [...] Even with all the punchlines, it's a performance driven almost entirely by charisma – factory-line machinery beats assembling a disco-lit 25-foot riser for Ferg and Rocky to ascend, their Morse code stutter-step voices slipping into a semi-patois flow so catchy it could get away with saying less than it actually does."[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 7
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 34


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States July 16, 2013 Digital download ASAP Worldwide, Polo Grounds, RCA
September 20, 2013[7] Urban contemporary


  1. ^ "iTunes - Music - Shabba - Single by ASAP Ferg". July 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "A$AP Ferg f/ A$AP Rocky "Shabba"". Complex. 2013-07-15. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  3. ^ "iTunes - Music - Shabba REMIX (feat. Shabba Ranks, Migos & Busta Rhymes) - Single by A$AP Ferg". 2013-11-22. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  4. ^ "3. A$AP Ferg f/ A$AP Rocky "Shabba" — The 50 Best Songs of 2013". Complex. 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  5. ^ "The Top 100 Tracks of 2013". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  6. ^ "American single certifications – A$AP Rocky – Uber Everywhere". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  7. ^ "Frequency News". Frequency News. 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2014-01-25.