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Yo, yo-yo, yo
90’s era Nasty, yeah
Yo, Ty Beats!
[Verse 1: A$AP Nast]
I need some time alone
Cold, my rhymes will turn your mind to stone
That’s the work of satin niggas be hating but I’m a pot of gold
This ain’t just me rapping it’s real and something you gots to know
Catch a mark nigga hating, get him a casket, that bastard’s ‘bout to go
Whoa, Nasty baby I’m crazy, the 90’s raised me
I’m just as smart, probably smarter than half the cats who play me
Brazy, dropping miss daisy, hit on my strap
In my zone, mind on my money like where that shit at?
I’m all alone, that’s my only hope
And be damned if I’mma chase that with some phony homes, on the real
It be the ones that say, “We got this, that you ain’t alone”
As long as I’m here to pull out the Glock 9 and cocked it
He mad you got rich but on the low you should’ve watched him
Cats conniving, head first into the livest object
"That was your man, now you ‘bout to die quick"
Over some fly shit, you feel reminded of your fast-life ventures
And winters, blinded ‘til the flashlight enters
[Hook: A$AP Nast]
I got a funky-funky style with a funky swag (x2)
I bought the funky-funky Nikes got the hat to match (x2)
I got a funky-funky style with a funky swag (x2)
And when I kill ‘em with the flow, ain’t no coming back (x2)
[Verse 2: Method Man]
I got a poor man’s panache, I be stretching the cash
I’m a little passive aggressive, you get a stretcher when I’m mad
For the line, manic depressive, rappers stressing me bad
Got too many less than impressive rappers left in my path
Better yet, we gon’ leave ‘em left in the past
Someone slides, this time I ride, you get left in the back
Who am I? I’m a titan so be expecting a clash
Start to waving arms at you, you’d think I’m catching a cab
No questions cause the answers [?] ass
Look at Meth, breaking bad like he cooking meth in the lab
Still a lethal weapon but try and bless him with math
Rappers never learn their lesson so I ain’t letting ‘em pass
I ain’t letting ‘em brag, I ain’t letting ‘em swag
Fuck swag, just being blunt, while I’m plucking my ash
Y’all ain’t up in my class in the building
It’s A$AP Meth, quick to kill ‘em, that’s an ASAP death
[Hook: A$AP Nast]
[Verse 3: A$AP Nast]
Straight out the back, dog, I’m Shaq strong, I’m breaking backboards
Draped in Tommy, my bitch beside me, young god body
I play the back of clubs, click a file, young as a [?]
Fools get rowdy, ain’t nothing dumb, my guns from Saudi
High off the Maui, don’t trip your weed, rolling a [?]
You know the El Sucio Guapo, I’m head honcho
I sport the poncho, connect Vassandro, the illest y’all know
Killing ‘em pronto, my funky fresh is filthy, designer
But check my rhymes though, my verse is like atomic bombs, yo
Haters like side hoes, I peel off in the illest Tahoe
Watch out for potholes, H leaning, that’s why he drive slow
Nast Diablo, the 90’s era shit in effect
Clowns be watching, best protect ya necks
[Hook: A$AP Nast]
A$AP Mob premiere’s A$AP Nast Trillmatic official video on 106 and Park. Full Episode.
A$AP Mob talks 90’s inspiration, VGX Awards, Rocky winning the Global Icon Award & they announce the release date and title of their new album.
L.O.R.D drops March 4th
A$AP Mob plays Kiss, Marry, Diss on 106 and Park
A$AP Mob talks Wu-Tang Clan, how each MC makes it on a track and what to expect in 2014
Trillmatic Official Video - A$AP Nast ft Method Man
first single from the A$AP Mob compilation album Lord set to drop March 4th
by Ernest Baker
We talked to A$AP Ferg to about achieving his vision, a recount of his biggest, most memorable accomplishments from the past calendar year and what he’s learned from them. From his views on uncompromised artistry to that infamous “Trap Lord in stores now” moment at the MTV VMAs, this is Ferg’s take on 2013, straight from the man himself.
I talked to you back when people were still uncertain if anyone outside of A$AP Mob, and even then you were really passionate about where you wanted to take your music. What was it like seeing your vision realized this year?
It worked out because I mapped it out. There’s a lot of things I had skills at before music. By the time I got into the music business, it was an outlet for me to do a lot of other things. It was basically just knowing what I wanted to do. I had an idea, but I didn’t know exactly where my future was going to take me. I knew somewhat what I wanted to do and how to start.
What was your biggest moment or accomplishment in 2013?
Everything. Getting signed to a major label. Putting out an album without a mixtape. Getting Rookie of the Year at the BET awards. Getting Bone Thugs-N-Harmony on a song. Getting B-Real and Onyx on the same song. Making hits. I got three songs on the radio. I never thought this would’ve ever happened. Me becoming a rapper and everybody fucking with my shit. I didn’t see it happening.
Well, it definitely happened. Some people’s favorite memories are just when “Shabba” or “Work” came on at the height of a party.
That’s crazy. The age difference of the people that I’ve touched is extraordinary to me. You have a person as old as 40 who knows who Shabba Ranks is, then you have children, like 5 years old, who have no idea who he is, but they love my music and the way the song sounds. It’s breaking age barriers. It’s breaking language barriers. I went to Russia and they knew it word for word, and they don’t know any English.
What was Russia like? Everybody goes to Europe or Asia or Australia, but America has this weird history with Russia.
It’s really cold over there. It’s gray every day, but the party scene is crazy. The girls are beautiful. Fucking amazing looking girls and everybody is turned up. It’s a whole other turn up. They have an appreciation for music that’s way more intense than the US. They loved me. They embraced me. I felt like my performance was too short. I wanted that night to last forever. There’s nothing weird about Russia. The weirdest thing in Russia is when you go to restaurants and everybody’s smoking cigarettes around you. You’re trying to eat your food and it’s regular for them to smoke in the restaurants.
What did you think of that whole “Trap Lord in stores now” moment at the VMAs when A$AP Rocky was presenting with Jason Collins?
I didn’t really think that it was so funny. Rocky was caught in a predicament where he couldn’t relate to what they were talking about, so he just promoted my album. Shout out to him for that. I’m his artist, so why wouldn’t he promote my album?
Are you aware of the meme life it had on the Internet? People were saying “Trap Lord in stores August 20th” for everything.
[Laughs.] Oh, I wasn’t aware of that. That’s funny though. That’s crazy. But to tell you the truth, that VMAs was so boring. We left right after he said that. He came off the stage and we left.
I’m sure five years ago you wished you were at the VMAs. What’s it like to be at them and so bored that you leave early?
I would’ve never thought that I would be at any award show. Now I’m on the other side of the fence and I get to see everything that happens and I’m kind of jaded. Well, not jaded. It just takes away all of the fun. You don’t look at celebrities as celebrities anymore. There are certain celebrities I still look at like, “Damn, I always wanted to meet this person.” Like Pharrell. I look up to Pharrell and he’s always been one of my biggest inspirations. Me and him have a really good relationship. But TV can really make someone look bigger than they are. When you meet them in person you’re like, it’s just a regular ass person. Or their attitude brings them even lower.
What things about the game are you privy to now that you didn’t expect?
This is a job for everybody. People get tired. People will be in a bad mood. We’re only human. I get both sides of the fence. From me being a fan, to the celebrity shit as well. I was never one to be so blind. I knew that everything wasn’t as it was perceived on television.
What’s at the top of your list for next year?
I just want to do shit that I want to do. Nothing for the label. No stupid shit. I want to do dope, artsy shit and not give a fuck about anything. That’s what every artist strives for, but politics get involved. Shit that regular fans don’t care about. That’s the shit that ruins art—collaborations just because you’re going to get more airplay. I don’t want to do none of that shit.
Do you think social media is essential for an artist?
Oh yeah, an artist definitely needs to be on the social media heavy because everything is going back to independence again. Artists are being birthed by themselves. There’s new artists coming up just through Instagram, Tumblr or Vine. If there was no Vine, there would be no Lil Terio.
I feel like you’ve been fighting this battle for originality and, almost, weirdness in rap, and I don’t think its contrived. Do you feel like it’s on you to be creative and do things that people aren’t going to do because they’re scared?
Yeah, people are scared, but not only that, people have so much pressure on them. You have this supply and demand and when you’re so busy it’s hard to be creative because you have all this other bullshit that’s trying to fuck up your creation. That’s when everything becomes microwaved. There will be a hot song today and it’s a wack ass song tomorrow. Now you really got to fight to put art out because of the bullshit on the radio that’s being sold. If you want to change hip-hop, you really have to take a stand and do the songs that you want to do. You got to make the music you want to make and force radio to play that shit. My whole thing with “Work” and “Shabba” is, you haven’t heard a song that sounds like that. Everything else on the radio sounds like each other. It sounds repetitious. My whole thing was I’m going to keep the whole dance part, it’s still going to be a party song, but it’s going to be a different rhythm. I’m going to add my ad-libs and it’s going to be my style. It sounds like a breath of fresh air.
Is there one thing you live and die by when you put your work out into the world?
To be a creative. I can’t conform to what they want me to do. If I’m going to do that, I just won’t make music anymore. I’ll fucking do something else. I can’t make music like everybody else makes music, just for the radio, on some money shit. I hear songs on the radio and I want to mix it over because I don’t hear the drums hitting a certain type of way. Or I want my ad-libs to be louder so I want to put another mix on it. It’s never over for me. People be satisfied with a little verse like, “Oh, I’ll get a check.” It’s not like that for me. I don’t give a fuck about the money at all. Sometimes I think I care too much. That may be one of my downfalls. I care too much.
But it’s better to follow your passions.
I’d rather do art and be broke and be with all my friends, rather than be rich with nobody around me. People think you need like a billion things. You don’t need nothing. I was still getting bitches when I was broke. Fucked up sneakers and I was still getting hoes. I have not changed. This money shit don’t mean nothing.
Last night via TravisScott.com, Travis Scott released an 8 minute visual for his collaboration with A$AP Ferg, Uptown off his Owl Pharoah mixtape. Watch the video above.