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Paying it forward: A$AP Ferg enjoys giving up-and-coming artists a boost

A$AP Ferg is touring in support of his EP, “Floor Seats.” (Courtesy of Renell Medrano)

A$AP Ferg is used to chaos – especially when he’s on tour.

“The crowds have been crazy,” he says. “It’s always great to get on stage and perform. I’m blessed to be able to do this.”

A$AP Ferg is touring in support of his EP “Floor Seats.” The tour makes a stop in Albuquerque at El Rey Theater on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Hailing from New York City’s Harlem neighborhood, A$AP Ferg released his debut album, “Trap Lord,” in 2013, featuring the singles “Work” and “Shabba Ranks.” His follow-up album, “Always Strive and Prosper,” released in 2016, featured the hit single “New Level.”

Both showcased an artist unafraid to take his craft to thrilling new places.

In 2017, the “Still Striving” mixtape kept his momentum up.

In addition to his music, he continues to reach new heights with his endorsements that include Redline bikes, Adidas, Hennessy and Tiffany & Co.

A$AP Ferg says the album is about four years in the making.

During the process, he reached out to artists such as MadeinTYO, Asian Doll, Rico Nasty and A$AP Rocky.

“It’s just me being a fan of the new artists,” he says of working with new artists. “Collaborating with them helps keep things fun and innovative. I want to push boundaries and create new music.”

When it comes to collaborating with a band, he’s looking for a brand that has a legacy and lineage that is well-respected.

A$AP Ferg tries to collaborate with new artists to lend a hand up.

It’s a way of repaying the opportunity he got from Big Sean when he was starting out.

“I got to work with Busta Rhymes, too. Giving Rico Nasty and Anthem a chance is important. They need us. We need them, too. They help keep me on the cutting edge. I know they’re coming up big time, and I want to be part of that. That helps kick myself into overdrive. The new kids are the gatekeepers of hip-hop. The next best thing holds the power, and he has the key to the gate. Some see me as a legend, and that’s cool. I’d also like to be known as the guy who helped bring others up.”

A$AP Ferg is also getting back into a writing routine – outside the studio.

“I get a different result each time,” he says. “The power that I have from writing gets stronger. Editing helps make your words more powerful.”

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