The Saga Continues: A$ap Ant Releases “Addie Calipari”

For a little over a year now, I’ve been exploring and diving into A$ap Ant. The Baltimore rapper has intrigued me with his wordplay, the production of his songs, and his consistency when it comes to dropping new music for his fans. While we’re constantly focused on the “star” members of the A$ap mob, the real work is happening to the ones you aren’t paying attention to and Ant is one of them.

When I first start noticed Ant it was while I was listening to his verse on “Runner” with Lil Uzi Vert on Cozy Tapes vol. 1. Then again on Cozy Tapes vol. 2 where he made more features on songs such as “Blowin Minds”, “Walk on Water”, and “Get The Bag”. This is when I knew I had to find more music by him.

So in 2018 when he released “The Prelude”, I was able to get a sense of what kind of rapper he was and his signature sound. Seven (7) songs, each about 2 minutes or less. What I found unique about Ant, other than his lyricism, was his consistency. Since The Prelude, Ant has consistently put out great quality projects so fans like myself never have to wait for new music from him — which is something I can get behind, for sure.

It was no question that I had to support and listen to his latest project — Addie Calipari which pays homage to the head coach for the college basketball team University of Kentucky. The rapper also makes that known in his album work, created by @antawge, which shows him at a basketball game holding the net.

Artwork by @antawge

The song breakdown

The album starts off with Tyson’s Corner, a reference to an area in Virginia with high end shopping centers. Tyson’s Corner shows off Ant’s wordplay and signature sound off bat — “he like a Christmas tree, when we shoot we light him up”. Sliding into Lord Superb, Ant plays with some bars to describe his childhood over a Sparkheem beat. Next, NBA Live 2005 and Offseason Workout — both references to the cover of the project. 21 Donut (feat. Lulu P) immediately catches my attention because of the best change. The first half of the project were beats with similar tempos and bass — great none the less, but 21 Donut’s beat reminded me of an old beat Lil Flip would be proud of in 2005. Tris Stratus — which I believe is a reference to a bad bitch and my favorite WWE Diva, is more of a freestyle from Ant which I could appreciate especially since its only one minute long. Okay so I know I’m a feminist and all of that but I have to be honest, Bri Bri Keep Playin is the song I keep on repeat everyday. I know y’all might be mad because of the lyrics but listen, between the beat, the catchy lyrics, I’ve been corrupted. The slow tempo of the beat along with the relaxed tone of the rapping, you definitely get a vibe from this one that separates itself from the other songs. And Bri Bri, I hope you stopped playin. Alright so, I lied; Cross Country Elementary is the other song I have on repeat too. Maybe it’s the beat or maybe it’s Ant rapping “get yo b*tch off my f*ckin d*ck” about eight times but Spizzledoe and Ant definitely snapped with this one — #GYBOMFD is the mood for 2020? A&W Cream Soda and Beat And 1 (feat Baby 9eno) both produced by Sparkheem with Jonny Caravaggio show off more of Ant’s creative wordplay. As the project ends, Ooze Edition and Infantry Mobbin both shine a light on the rapper’s brand Marino Infantry.

A$ap Ferg Releases His New Traplord Collection

Earlier this week, A$ap Ferg, member of A$ap Mob, announced the release of his new Traplord collection.  

About five years ago, Ferg released his debut album Trap Lord with features from his mob member A$ap Rocky and the legendary Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. 

The Harlem native created a streetwear clothing line to coincide with his album; which seems like a likely duo since the “Shabba” rapper comes from a line of designers. In fact, his father ran a shop in Harlem where he printed tees for hip-hop icons Heavy D and Diddy. Before he ran his own store, Darryl Ferguson Sr. worked with the great Dapper Dan who was a pioneer that combined high fashion with hood fashion.

Ferg’s Traplord University collection will be made up of a variety of sweatsuits. With designs from a university’s track team and fall toned colors, the new line is perfect for the fall season. You can check out the full collection here.

Photos: Courtesy of @officialtraplord and @asapferg via Instagram  

A$ap Rocky Announces His Winter Tour- The Injured Generation Tour

At last! Asap Rocky announces he will be going on tour 6 months after releasing his third studio album, Testing. 

The tour will kick off November 11 at Camp Flog Gnaw. Following that, Rocky will have 20 more shows that will officially end the tour mid-February in Miami, Fl.

Presale tickets will go on sale October 30 at 12pm.

Here’s a list of the cities you can catch The Injured Generation Tour:

  • 11/11/2018 – LA, CA
  • 12/08/2018 – NYC, NY
  • 01/08/2019 – Minneapolis, MN
  • 01/09/2019 – Chicago, IL
  • 01/11/2019 – Toronto, ON
  • 01/13/2019 – Montreal, QC
  • 01/15/2019 – Philadelphia, PA
  • 01/18/2019 – Uncasville, CT
  • 01/20/2019 – Washington, DC
  • 01/22/2019 – Greensboro, NC
  • 01/23/2019 – Duluth, GA
  • 01/25/2019 – San Antonio, TX
  • 01/26/2019 – Houston, TX
  • 01/27/2019 – Grand Prairie, TX
  • 01/30/2019 – San Diego, CA
  • 01/31/2019 – Inglewood, CA
  • 02/01/2019 – Sacramento, CA
  • 02/02/2019 – San Francisco, CA
  • 02/05/2019 – Portland, OR
  • 02/06/2019 – Kent, WA
  • 02/17/2019 – Miami, FL

Rapper, Key!, Drops New Song “Zach Morris”

Atlanta rapper, Key!, drops a new song on his SoundCloud titled “Zach Morris”. For the youngins, Zach Morris was a popular, stylish jock in the hit show “Saved By The Bell”.

On the track, Key! compares himself to the popular jock while everyone else was Screech – the clumsy nerd, opposite of Zach Morris. Listen to the track below and give us your thoughts.

 

A$AP Rocky Covers Otis Redding’s classic “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay”

Rarely do we get to see rappers out of their element and when we do it can be very good or very bad. In the case of A$AP Rocky taking on a soul classic, the result was very good. Accompanied by a live saxophone and other instruments, Rocky crooned his way through the track effortlessly. Not only did he sound good, he definitely looked like he was enjoying himself. Watch the performance below.

3 Things You Need To Know About A$ap Rocky’s Under Armour Collaboration

 The Structure 

By looking at the shoe, you might think it’s a  ‘90’s chunky, skater shoe. But in his interview with HighSnobiety, Rocky clarifies that that was the inspiration. He wanted a skater/rave shoe. For us rave goers, you know how difficult it is to find a comfortable shoe that doesn’t uphold to the rave life. This shoe does exactly that. The SRLo is made  up of different materials, has an extra chunky midsole, and a thick tongue that is branded by Awge.

The Inspiration 

While making this shoe, Rocky worked closely with Davey Mayhew, known legendary skater, who was the designer for Osiris D3. If you were a skater from the hood, then you know exactly how iconic this mash up was.

Skate Rave

Now, many people in the sake community aren’t too happy with this new term Rocky has coined for the direction of his shoe but after doing some deep research on the skater life and rave life, it makes sense, right? So, skate rave. Just as it states, skaters & ravers coming together. From the thick exterior and thick soles, it’s basically everything a skater and rave goer could ask for.

We’re actually excited to see more of Rocky’s take on the skater life. Since Testing, he seems to be playing with this theme so let’s see what else the rapper has in store for us.