I'm a fan of A$AP Rocky, and when I heard about this album I honestly wasn't too intrigued. I've heard A$AP Ferg on A$AP Mob - Lords Never Worry. For the most part I thought that mixtape was terrible. Ferg didn't catch my ear at all. Then I heard Hood Pope, Shabba, and the Work Remix over the summer before this album was released. It had me interested to say the least. Ferg has a clear Bone Thugs influence in his music. It's music you can vibe to, have in the background, cruise to, workout to.
It starts out with a super ignorant song called 'Let It Go'. Sure it's all about letting a gun go, spraying relentlessly, but does anyone take it that seriously? It's music. Sometimes ego music is nice. This album has a few of those tracks if that's your thing. I would even say the next song 'Shabba' classifies as ego tripping music. As a direct quote from the hook "Sha Shabba Ranks Sha Sha Shabba Ranks 8 gold rings like I'm Sha Shabba Ranks". It's catchy if you couldn't tell already.
The album has a few nice features as well. As mentioned before A$AP Ferg is clearly a Bone-Thugs-n-Harmony fan. The song 'Lord' features them, and it's everything you thought it would be. Supreme flow, a laid back beat, hard lyrics. You'll even hear Ferg with a Bone Thugs esque flow.
Other notable features include Schoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky, Trinidad James on the 'Work Remix'.
There are plenty of tracks that stand out on this 13 track album. 'Hood Pope' has a smooth yet dark feel where Ferg paints a picture of himself as a pope in his hood. Where he is a trap lord that watches over his people. It also talks about how he's having to fight off demons.
'Fergivicious' also speaks about the pain he's enduring or was enduring. '4:02' has a Kid CuDi feel to it. 'Didn't Wanna Do that' samples 'Los Angeles Negros - No Morira Jamas' (the same sample used in Damian Marley - It Was Written). While it's obviously about retaliating with guns, Ferg has lines like "You wanna live that street life? Go ahead, go ahead. You can't live long living that street life." which discourages it. 'Cocaine Castle' surprisingly speaks on cocaine usage, and the struggles it puts people through. I say surprisingly because I didn't see it coming. It's actually conscious rap which caught me by surprise. The song is catchy enough that you'll listen to it again, and it actually holds substance speaking about drug abuse. I appreciated that as a fan of conscious rap myself.
All in all, the album is great. At 51 minutes playtime it's not really short even for a 13 track album. I would say it manages to stand out with all the hip hop albums I've heard this year. The production is on point throughout the whole album, and Ferg manages to ride each beat like a champ. My personal favorite tracks are: Let It Go, Shabba, Hood Pope, Fergivicious, Work Remix, Didn't Wanna Do That, Cocaine Castle.
As a side note I want to talk about the 1 star reviews. They bought the clean version on accident instead of the explicit because the clean version isn't labeled 'censored', and they're rating the album 1 star because of it. Kind of unfair to other buyers, and Ferg in my opinion. Thought I'd mention it here so people know why there are so many 1 star reviews.