Will Hagle is extremely pro-Saffron

Busta got Arab Money. The A$AP Mob sips Persian wine. One of A$AP Ferg’s solo tracks from last year’s Lords Never Worry mixtape, Ferg takes a note from Pusha T’s new playbook. He believes there’s a Lord above him, he’s just the Lord of everything else.

Or at least he’s the Lord of the Trap, per the title of his tape and the clothes that the Mob’s advertising in this video (everything is for sale on Ferg’s website). And despite the amount of scrawny Coachella bros that flailed their arms to Baauer in the Sahara Tent for the past two weekends straight, Ferg’s bringing guns and grills back to trap music. Of course, it’s easy to forget that even the New York-based A$AP Mob rose to fame by appropriating some styles typically associated with the South. In this post-regionalist hip-hop era, Authentic is just the name of the new LL Cool J album.

“Persian Wine” is everything that a Ferg track should be— sprawling, violent and disorganized, a welcome break from the “Fuckin’ Problems”-like A$AP tracks that’ve been clogging up the radio lately. It begins and ends with a prayer. It has a hook, but it doesn’t seem like it does.

Mid-song, the beat takes a brief Chopped N Screwed detour while a group of young A$AP imitators yell “I got these choppers on deck” in pre-pubescent voices. Someone needs to get these kids on a track with the young Danny Brown from the “Grown Up” video. Or Lil P Nut. Where’s the DJ Khaled of kiddie rap when you need him?

“Persian Wine” and its accompanying video are a promising reminder as to what the A$AP mob is capable of when they collaborate with each other rather than with Skrillex. Ferg may not be poised to blow up quite like Rocky, but at least he’s putting in work. When the Persian Wine flows, fuck everything else.


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