With his debut Trap Lord hitting stores Tuesday (August 20), A$AP Ferg sat down with GQ magazine to dish on the definition of a "trap lord," where he sees himself in the next five years, penning tracks with Waka Flocka Flame and his response to Kendrick Lamar calling himself the King of New York on Big Sean's "Control." Peep the highlights below.
On the definition of a "trap lord":
"A trap lord is basically the lord of the trap, and my trap is rap."
On his favorite designers:
"I'm really into simple things, things you could wear every day. I like lifestyle designers like Ralph Lauren, Alexander Wang, and Jeremy Scott. Jeremy Scott reminds me of Harmony Korine, mixing all worlds and making them into one—you just never know what he's up to. Alexander Wang is a young designer and his style is so profound. He took sports and street and kind of combined it into upscale high fashion. He made a white T-shirt a luxury. And Ralph Lauren just never gets old. I love his stuff. I painted my walls with Ralph Lauren paint, so I have suede walls at my crib—it's olive, but it has instructions on how to paint your walls to give them this suede effect. For him to think of that, I felt like that was an innovative idea."
On where he sees himself in five years:
"Wow, I've got high expectations for myself. I see myself on top, doing what I love to do, and doing it the way I want to do it. No rules, just doing my own thing."
On Kendrick Lamar's self proclamation being the King of New York:
"What's a king to a lord?"
On writing with Waka Flocka Flame:
"That was so dope. Me and Waka, we really cool; we fam. We linked up in Miami to write, and the first day I was there with Jim Johnson and we didn't really come up with anything. The second day is when I saw Waka, and the chemistry of us being homies, we just said "We're here, we might as well do a track together." I never knew he was so into his work—he sits down with the engineer and he tells them what effects to do, what traps to make... He was telling me, "Yo, Ferg, I think you could do this better," and I would tell him, "Yo, Waka, I think you should put this effect on your voice." We were totally involved, and it was all good."
Read the full interview here.
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