Ilosaarirock Festival 11th – 13th July 2014  \\  Joensuu  \\  Finland  \\  ilosaarirock  \\  @ilosaarirock

A$AP Ferg (USA)

A$AP Ferg

A$AP Mob, the group that took New York's alternative rap scene by storm, first gave us A$AP Rocky, who signed a multi-million record deal with Sony and became ludicrously successful. Then all eyes turned on A$AP Ferg, another major label signee emerging from the same group, whose debut album Trap Lord released last August landed in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 on its first week. Ferg and Rocky's planned appearance in Helsinki last summer was sadly cancelled, but now A$AP Ferg is finally coming to Finland – and to Ilosaarirock Festival 2014.

With his dark and heavy beats and the deliciously groggy atmosphere of the songs, A$AP Ferg's tunes are much more underground than those of his colleague Rocky. The sheer beastliness of the singles Work and Shabba bring to mind Busta Rhymes, who features on one of Ferg's remixes.

In A$AP Ferg's own words, rap is a competitive sport, and the one thing about being a rapper is that everybody's on the track to beat out the best. Here is the very best of rap at the moment; come and see an appearance that will take some beating!

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