As a member of the A$AP Mob, A$AP Ferg has pretty much always been on hip-hop's cutting edge. That said, the rapper still holds wholesome lyricism in the highest regard. That's a point he made clear when he praised Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole during a recent stop by XXL's DJ Whoo Kid-hosted podcast, Whoolywood Shuffle.
Speaking with Whoo Kid about the current state of hip-hop, Ferg, who's showed he's as comfortable with boom bap as he is with "Plain Jane," gives props to Kung Fu Kenny and Cole as he offers up his explanation for their widespread, platinum-coated appeal.
"At the end of the day, I feel like the biggest artists are the ones who are actually saying something that you can hear and put towards your life," he explains. "You know like, Kendrick, J. Cole...I think those guys are huge because their music is medicine. Like, people can use it—they take it like a pill."
Elsewhere during the podcast, Ferg retraces the way some of A$AP Mob's music has been influenced by Houston before explaining the Harlem clique's role in helping rap penetrate the world of fashion. Pretty good stuff.
Whoo Kid also chops it up with actor Jason Mitchell
, who famously portrayed Eazy-E in N.W.A's biopic, Straight Outta Compton
. Now Mitchell is in the upcoming film Superfly
, which he discusses, as well as his life interacting with acting legends. Mitchell even lets loose a ton of gems about his career—and a few words about the halted rap battle between Drake and Pusha-T.
Stream the Whoolywood Shuffle podcast episode on iTunes
. You can check out this edition of Whoolywood Shuffle
for yourself below. Ferg's comments about K. Dot and J. Cole begin at 18:50. Mitchell comes on at the 34-minute mark.
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