A$AP Ferg has a musically diverse sophomore album on the way in Always Strive and Prosper with production from Pharrell Williams, Noah “40” Shebib, Swizz Beatz and more but the Harlem All-Star is currently putting his artistic talent display in a rather unexpected manner.
Starting December 5, adidas Skateboarding and the Shabba Ranker will join forces for the Traplord collection, which encapsulates the style Ferg has influenced millions with during his successful stint in the rap game. The date also coincides with the “Always Strive And Prosper: A Photo Exhibit by Brock Fetch” at Art Basel Miami Beach, the world’s premiere art convention. Fetch is an underground skate and street photographer renown for his trademarked documentation of pivotal moments within Hip-Hop and skateboard culture.
Unbeknownst to many, Ferg is actually a skilled artist and he honored his late running buddy, A$AP Yams with an one-of-a-kind painting that will be on display during Art Basel next month.
“[Artistry] is not alien to me,” Ferg explained to adidas Group. “I grew up going to art school. My major was fashion and my minor was fine arts. It’s just a little different to see me actually painting. No body actually seen me in the process. [This painting] means a lot to me because obviously it’s Yams. You can see the birthmark and the vision that’s coming out of his eyes. This was just so natural for me to do.”
Very impressive, indeed.
Check out A$AP Ferg put the colors to the tribute in the gallery below.
Photos: Brock Fetch