I actually digested Trap Lord a while back and just never wrote about it. What that delay says about my evaluation of the album will have to remain unconfirmed for a few more sentences. Maybe I just got busy? Anyway, I was content to move on quietly from this A$AP Ferg album, but T, our newest commenter, asked for my opinion. So here it is. Blame this on T…
Trap Lord is terrible! Because Ferg can and sometimes does make much better music than this album, on this album! Stated another way: Trap Lord couldn’t be more inconsistent if it was Nas’ beat selection or The Roots’ thematic direction.
So where does A$AP Ferg show his version of brilliance? Well, Shabba Ranks works extremely well but is so explicitly made for radio love that it feels more like a con than true musical expression. But yes, I said it works extremely well, because its infectious party energy does indeed do that. And a few other songs have less instant appeal to cloud their quality. These are the Work remix, Lord, and Murda Something. They’re all dope examples of random thuggery on dark beats, and they almost give me hope for A$AP Ferg.
But is it telling that each of the four songs named above have features? (Check the highlights section to see who those features are.) And is it even more telling that on every song, the features run close to or succeed in out-rapping Ferg? Knowing that the answer to both of those is yes, a better question would be, does this make Trap Lord ignorable?
Despite Ferg’s insistence on disrespecting the profession of singing. Despite a song whose hook is the repetition of the line “I fucked yo bitch, nigga!”. Despite the quick degeneration of Ferg’s interestingly reminiscent of Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony flow into comatose whatever-the-hell. None of that exists to me. In Knowledge-topia, Trap Lord is four tracks long. Sure, Ferg is never saying anything. But that was never the point. So I’m good with what’s here, as long as I can skip/delete the crap out of the crap.
1. Shabba Ranks ft A$AP Rocky
2. Work ft French Montana, Trinidad James, Schoolboy Q, and A$AP Rocky
3. Lord ft Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony
4. Murda Something ft Waka Flocka Flame