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Throwback Thursday: A$AP Mob – Lord$ Never Worry (Review)

Read this TBT special as HTF go back to A$AP Mob’s mixtape Lord$Never Worry



 Artist: A$AP Mob
 Release: Lord$ Never Worry
 Release Date: Out Now
In honour of A$AP Ferg releasing his debut album this week, we here at Team Ferg    are looking back at the A$AP Mob mixtape “Lord$ Never Worry“. A$AP Rocky seemingly came out of nowhere with his mixtape “Live.Love.A$AP“, released at the top end of 2011, the following year saw acclaim, a string of features and sold out tours with Drake, and fellow up and comers Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd. A$AP Mob spent little or no time riding the wave, and instead focused on introducing the many other members of the crew. Intending to show that A$AP was far from Rocky‘s backing band, “Lord$ Never Worry” was made to cast the spotlight on each of the teams members. Although this is the first introduction to the other members, the tape doesn’t expect you to fall in love with a bunch of strangers, and gives Rocky fans enough to stay happy and inquisitive.

Opening with “Thuggin’ Noise” resembling a villains theme music from a 70’s western. “Rocky where you been?” riffs throughout the song, along with the hypnotic melody and Rocky‘s verbosity almost convinces you that he is returning from a four hiatus as opposed 6 months where he appeared on practically every record. It’s a strong start to the record, giving early A$AP fans what they want, and immediately moving onto introductions. “Full Metal Jacket” is a posse cut/roll call as many of the rappers would likely be strangers to most listeners. Rocky starts off with a more flexible verse than most of his output up to this point. A$AP Twelvy and Da$h give pretty uninspired verses, but the beat manages to keep the momentum. A$AP Ant screws his voice for his part, again nothing particularly special, but thanks to the beat remains perfectly enjoyable. A$AP Ferg‘s verse by no means amazing does display an early versatility, which couldn’t be attributed to him from his sole appearance on “Live.Love.A$AP“s “Kissin’ Pink“. Ferg has 6 appearances on “Lord$ Never Worry” equal only to Rocky.

Over the course of the mixtape it quickly becomes clear that Ferg’s is the Mob’s next move. Ferg teams up with A$AP Nast on “Bangin’ On Wax“. Here we really see Ferg cut loose on a mellow beat that knocks, but still struggles to match the uncaged sound of Fergs verses. He screams and mixes flows at will as if he knows the level of attention  that’s on him. He’s clearly out to impress and does. Shame then that Nast doesn’t match Fergs enthusiaasm. Instead his flow is slowed down, as if it was written to a different instrumental. He does try to add menace to his voice but the lyrics don’t add anything, especially when rapped so slow. Nast in general puts a pretty disappointing performance on this tape which is a shame compared to how he’s rapping now.

Ferg’s star is confirmed on the breakout hit “Work” which essentially led to his record deal and “Trap Lord” album. For a mixtape it is surprisingly full of singles: the aforementioned “Work“, the brilliantly titled “Coke And White Bitches: Chapter 2” and probably the best track on the album “Bath Salt“. Featuring the Flatbush Zombies, Rocky and A$AP Ant all take a verse to talk about a couple of nightmarish screnarios. The Zombies kill it. Sorry, nothing to report here. Most notable is probably Ants verse which whilst lyrically pretty good, has a shocking flow, especially compared to what the Zombies did moments before. But just before he completely derails the track Rocky comes through a delivers (maybe) the strongest verse, also really displaying his star power.

The mixtape also has some perfectly selected features with Danny Brown brining some much needed sleaze to “Coke And White Bitches: Chapter 2“. Jim Jones brings his renown ad-libs with him on “Freeze” and my God are they bad, but the song is light hearted enough to handle it (but seriously he needs to be stopped!) Raekwon makes everyone smarten up on “Underground Killa$“. He spits a verse that encompasses everything the Mob have become known for and really raises the bar for Rocky and Ferg. They try their best to reach, but just rap about the same thing again. But the verses does what they’re supposed to. Despite some really lacklustre verses, the production is the tapes saving grace. The beats make you forget about the awkward flows, and at times bad lyricism :

“Know I keep it low key like a mother f__king midget door”

And keep your head nodding in blissful ignorance. All involved do try their best, they know it’s their time to impress but really they just aren’t up to the level they need to be for a mainstream release (but watch out for Nast)
The tape does it’s job of boosting Rocky’s rep as one of the most exciting newcomers and also showcases Ferg as the next to watch out for from the camp.

6/10

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