ASAP Ferg - Trap Lord (Review)

ASAP Ferg - Trap Lord

"Trap Lord" is the debut album from ASAP Mob member ASAP Ferg. The album features guest appearances from ASAP Rocky, Bone-Thugs-n-Harmony, Schoolboy Q, Onyx, B-Real and others. It was released on August 20, 2013 via ASAP Worldwide, Polo Grounds Music, and RCA Records.

1) Let It Go - The first song on the album has a bouncy instrumental with some eerie synths layered over window-shattering 808s. The beat is dope, but ASAP Ferg isn't quite as impressive, spitting some generic lines about how he is a boss and how he is down to let off some shots at any time. His flow is nice, but the lyrics are definitely lacking. Still, the chorus is catchy and the beats got my head nodding a bit. I'm feelin' this shit. Not a bad start.

2) Shabba (featuring ASAP Rocky) - This was the first official single released from the album and its ok I guess. The beat, by Snugsworth, is a darker, bass-heavy instrumental that suits both ASAP Ferg and ASAP Rocky's style nicely. Lyrically both emcees do their thing and kick some braggadocio rhymes about their women and extravagant fashion sense. I feel like ASAP Rocky has the stronger verse, but Ferg sounds ok on here too. This shit is decent, but not great.

3) Lord (featuring Bone Thugs-n-Harmony) - Now this is dope. The beat on here is dark as hell and both ASAP Ferg and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony sound great over it. It's really nice to hear Bone over some good production again since that has been a weak point on their more recent albums. Their fans always want them to be on some dark shit but they always tone it down for some reason (hint: radio play). Anyways, I'm really feelin' this one. Very dope and easily my favorite song on the album so far.

4) Hood Pope - This track was the third single from the album and it's pretty good. The beat, provided by Veryrvre, is laid-back and smooth but still contains plenty of ASAP Mob's trademark darker vibe. Fergenstein comes with a more sing-song flow than usual and kicks a few verses that contain some melodies reminiscent of old Bone Thug-n-Harmony. Very nice. This track is dope.

5) Fergivicious - This song has another darker instrumental with some more synths and knockin' bass that's got my head nodding a bit. ASAP Ferg comes correct on here and spits what are probably his best verses on the album. The subject matter is mostly the same as the rest of the songs, but he is rapping in a smooth flow that compliments the beat nicely and makes the recycled topics less noticeable. Another dope track.

6) 4:02 - This is more of an interlude than an actual song since almost two minutes of it is a skit before ASAP Ferg comes in and sings a little. I'll probably never listen to this again since it's really just a set up for the next track.

7) Dump Dump - ASAP Ferg raps about sleeping with your woman over a hard-hitting trap instrumental. The beat takes a while to build up and doesn't really drop until over a minute in, but sounds pretty dope once it does. Eh, this could have been better if it wasn't for the tired subject matter. This isn't a standout track for me.

8) Work (Remix) (featuring ASAP Rocky, French Montana, Trinidad James and Schoolboy Q) - I just want to start off the review of this track by saying that French Montana is probably the worst rapper I've ever heard in my life. With that out of the way, the beat on this track, courtesy of Darold Brown and Steven Pugh, is full of more trap music synths and trunk-rattling bass. ASAP Ferg, ASAP Rocky and Schoolboy Q all contribute the strongest verses while French Montana and Trinidad James come the weakest by far. This shit could have been much better if they were left off completely. Oh well.

9) Didn't Wanna Do That - ASAP Ferg kicks some street tales about getting back at the people who robbed his boy over another bass-heavy instrumental. The beat is nice, but Fergenstein doesn't really do anything new with it that hasn't been done a million times before. The chorus is kinda catchy though. Eh, this is just mediocre for me.

10) Murda Something (featuring Waka Flocka Flame) - This is a little better. The beat is more epic than the past few, with some trap synths, hard drums and haunting vocals on the build up during the chorus. True to the title of the song, ASAP Ferg and guest Waka Flocka just spit some violent rhymes about murder and such. The beat is dope, but the lyrics are just more of the same, which is to be expected I guess. Still, this is kinda nice.

11) Make A Scene (featuring Maad Moiselle) - ASAP Ferg threatens to make a scene over a mellow instrumental with some soft pianos, resonant synths and booming bass. The beat is nice, ASAP Ferg sounds ok and Maad Moiselle comes through with the vocals, but this song is kind of forgettable in the overall scope of the album. Oh well.

12) Fuck Out My Face (featuring B-Real, Onyx and Aston Matthews) - I was hoping for a real aggressive instrumental for this song given the great lineup and title of the song, but I was a bit disappointed with the final product. It's ok, but it's much more laid back than I was expecting. Regardless, ASAP Ferg, B-Real and Onyx all come correct, with Sticky Fingaz stealing the show (as expected). This is good, but I was hoping for more.

13) Cocaine Castle - The final song on the album has one of the best beats on here, with some spacey synths and soft piano keys. The beat is trippy and ASAP Ferg rips it, changing up his flow and delivery yet again to glide effortlessly over it. Lyrically it's just more of the same drug raps, but it sounds really good due to the delivery and dope instrumental. This is one of my favorite songs on here.

I'm going to rate the album

3 / 5

because there are a few bangers on here, but there is just as much filler as well. The beats are really good throughout, with some definite bangers early on in the album. ASAP Ferg fails to impress me lyrically on most of the songs however. His voice and flow are dope, but he isn't really saying much and he definitely does not try to do anything new to expand out of his trap music boundaries. It's a shame too since I was really looking forward to this album after the string of strong releases from ASAP Rocky. Still, there are a few tracks on here that are really good and should not be missed.


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