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A$AP Ferg, 'Trap Lord'

A$AP Ferg, Trap Lord
Courtesy of RCA Records

If A$AP Mob are today's Dipset, Ferg is the Juelz to Rocky's Cam'ron. The Mob wingman delivered two of New York's biggest street heaters this year with "Work" and "Shabba"; the rest of Trap Lord expanded the crew's sonic reference points, landing somewhere between Bone Thugs for the Tumblr sect (check his mournful croning on "Hood Pope") and an SNL parody of a Nineties-era Bad Boy compilation. Good, hearty fun for all.

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