The Hood Pope of Harlem came down to Los Angeles this weekend to drop some knowledge on us. 30-year old New York rapper A$AP Ferg had an intimate conversation with his fans conducted by journalist Elliot Wilson at the 2019 BET Experience. Throughout the conversation, Ferg took us deep into his mindset as an artist, discussed how he continues to inspire young kids growing up in the hood, and stressed how important it is to never forget to be human.
Throughout the entire conversation, Ferg shared with us that he was not just a rapper but an overall artist. He claims he knows exactly which songs are going to be hit.”I knew “Work” was going to be crazy”, Ferg said and he was not wrong. To date, A$AP Ferg’s Work has nearly 100 million views on YouTube. Ferg also mentioned how he felt the same about his track “Plain Jane” which went triple platinum. According to Ferg “creating a song is like creating a world”. Once Ferg sparks up a song, he can already envision how the song looks like as a whole from the visuals down to specific costuming.
The artist also elaborated on the juxtaposition surrounding being called the Hood Pope or the Trap Lord. Just last year the A$AP Ferg became the first male rapper to become a spokesperson for the luxury jewelry company Tiffany & Co. He also has attended Paris Fashion week and has become a fashion icon for many. On the other hand, Ferg still lived in Harlem up until very recently because he believes it is important to inspire young children growing up in such an area. “I wanted kids to see a celebrity in Harlem to show them that it is possible” Ferg shared. Therefore, it’s no surprise that when asked, A$AP Ferg truly does believe he is the King of New York.
Amongst all his success, A$AP Ferg is still a student of life. Whether it’s about money, music, or girls, the artist continues to learn from other successful icons in the music industry such as Pharell and Timberland. Nevertheless, maybe one of the most important gems A$AP Ferg shared with us at the BET Experience is to never forget to take a break and be human. Ferg says “Artist think they have to be robots all the time. It becomes a thing where the machine can't stop and we forget that we are not machines. We aren't mechanical so we have to take time out. We have to see family. We have to mourn peoples death. We have to be human.”
Fans can look forward to A$AP Ferg’s next album titled Floor Seats. The artists announced that Floor Seats will be featuring several upcoming female rappers such as Rico Nasty and City Girls.
Check out more of EARMILK’s coverage on the 2019 BET experience here.