Monday, 19 August 2013

Exclaim: Album Reviews - A$AP Ferg - Trap Lord / Earl Sweatshirt - Doris


I've neglected you. Recently reviewed the new A$AP Ferg and Earl Sweatshirt records. Both very good for different reasons but Trap Lord so far is getting more rotation.

Harlem, NY rapper A$AP Ferg has established himself as the warped right-hand man of A$AP Mob cohort A$AP Rocky. After stellar cameos on Mob-affiliated projects, on debut Trap Lord, Ferg blends two decades of rap styles, from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and M.O.P. to Southern trap rap. Ferg pays tribute to his influences while expanding upon them: Bone Thugs blaze through the operatic "Lord," while "Fuck Out My Face" revives '95 shout-rap via Three 6 Mafia, with verses from Aston Matthews and a reinvigorated Onyx and B-Real. Ferg fluidly transitions from smooth crooning to aggressive ratatat spitting, alternating between murderous ("Fergivicious," "Dump Dump") and melancholy ("Hood Pope").

Doris is more of a grower. Check the review here and listen to Earl and Vince Staples' Hip Hop Quotable worthy verses on "Hive".


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