2013 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher Lineup To Feature TDE, Slaughterhouse, A$AP Mob & More

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Here is a look at the official line up for the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher, The cypher will feature the whole TDE camp, the Slaughterhouse crew, A$AP Mob and more. Check out the official line ups below. The award show is set to air on October 15th.

Cypher 1: Wax, Rapsody, Emis Killa, Rittz, Jon Connor
Cypher 2: (A$AP Mob) A$AP Ferg, A$AP Twelvy, A$AP Nast, A$AP Ant & A$AP Rocky
Cypher 3: Action Bronson, Star Life Breezy, Travi$ Scott, Tifanny Foxx & Lil Kim
Cypher 4: (Salughterhouse) Joell Ortiz, Crooked I, Royce Da 5’9″ & Joe Budden
Cypher 5: (TDE) ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad & Kendrick Lamar
Cypher 6: Chocolate Drop (aka Kevin Hart), Nick Cannon, Nelly, Boris Kodjoe, Dwayne Martin & JB Smooth
Cypher 7: Asia Sparks, Bad Lucc, Problem & Astro

A$AP Ferg & A$AP Yams Reveal A$AP Mob Album Release Date [Video]


Vibe Magazine recently caught up with A$AP Ferg and A$AP Yams on the red carpet at the MTV VMAs yesterday. Ferg talks about his new album “Traplord” which is available now and Yams goes on to announce that the new A$AP Mob album will be out on October 15th. No official album title has been released yet but we will keep you posted. Anyway watch the full interview above.

A$AP Ferg – “Trap Lord” [Album Review]

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Trap Lord Album Review
by Michael Clark

At the end of the opening track on Trap Lord, ASAP Yams runs through the various achievements of the ASAP Mob and then offers up the question, “What’s next?” He then proceeds to answer it with “Trap Lord.”

Before hearing this album, I didn’t know much about Ferg. I knew he joined ASAP Rocky on the fantastically spacey Kissin’ Pink, off LiveLoveA$AP. I had seen his name featured on a handful of odd singles released over the last year and I had heard Work a few times at parties. But nothing he put out could’ve prepared me for Trap Lord.

Firstly, the irony of having Bone Thugs-n-Harmony on this album is incredible because Ferg himself sounds like he could be a lost member of the group. One of the many marks of a good emcee is his or her ability to make whatever they’re doing seem effortless and Ferg glides through the album’s darkly percussive production with ease. And save for a few instances – his verse on Murda Something – he never forces anything.

Speaking of the production, it’s monstrous in the best possible way. At the beginning of ASAP Rocky’s track Keep It G – also off LiveLoveA$AP – Rocky explains “this is music for the villains.” Ferg took that statement a step further and made an album for the villains. Like I said, it’s dark, percussive, and wicked. It is not meant to inspire. Tracks like Let It Go and Fergivicious won’t put you in a good mood, and that’s a good thing. These songs do exactly what they’re supposed to do. They take you to a place you tend to not want to visit or places you didn’t know you wanted to explore. At the end of the day, this is a soundtrack for those who go looking for trouble.

Now, Trap Lord isn’t without its missteps. I don’t care much for the eloquently echoed hook on Dump Dump – I f*cked yo bitch n*gga / I f*cked yo bitch // she sucked my d*ck n*gga / she sucked my d*ck – which I thought to be the worst track. Comparatively to the other songs on the album, it feels cheap. I also had an issue with the Work Remix. It has some, how can I say this, unwelcomed guests. I don’t hate Trinidad James or French Montana by any means but c’mon. If you can maneuver a Bone Thugs feature, then I’m sure it wouldn’t have been that hard to locate two better rappers. Granted, I realize it is purely a raucous banger for the sake of being a raucous banger, but I think Ab-Soul or Mac Miller could’ve added something more memorable.

While he does tend to repeat some of the same topics throughout the course of the album – violence, sex, drugs – Ferg has managed to put out one of the most impressive hip-hop debuts in recent memory. And as the final seconds wind down on the album, one thing is certain. You definitely couldn’t copy Ferg’s style at Kinko’s.

Album Grade: B+

Best Songs: “Let It Go” // “Hood Pope” // “Didn’t Wanna Do That

Written By Michael Clark
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