Trap Lord - A$AP Ferg
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Aug 22, 2013
    80
    Originally conceived as a mixtape, Trap Lord rightfully exists as a proper album, with thirteen tracks totalling fifty-one marvelous and misanthropic minutes.
  2. Aug 20, 2013
    80
    Ferg reaches beyond the boroughs and borrows from various regional musical and linguistic influences to create a set of songs laced with introspection, menace, and smartly conceived verses.
  3. Aug 19, 2013
    80
    The rapper is an excellent tour guide through this warped landscape of thrills and chills, and even if Rocky remains the A$AP Mob's most obvious and outgoing choice, there's an argument to be made that the more interesting one is Ferg, a Trap Lord if there ever was one.
  4. Aug 22, 2013
    75
    Though Trap Lord's vision is refracted through split personalities--for better or for worse--A$AP Ferg still sounds like a star in the making.
  5. He still lacks the kind of technical rapping skill that made A$AP Rocky reach star status. Regardless, A$AP Ferg has constructed an album that surpasses the quality of Rocky's Long.Live.A$AP from earlier this year.
  6. 75
    Trap Lord is not an A$AP record; it is an A$AP Ferg record, sui generis, and that is its greatest achievement.
  7. 70
    Originally planned as a mixtape, there’s an unfinished feeling to Trap Lord, which in turn lends a lot of promise to the eventual follow-up.
  8. Aug 28, 2013
    70
    Trap Lord is an impressive outing for Ferg and another win for A$AP Mob.
  9. Aug 27, 2013
    70
    Trap Lord won’t be for everyone, but it’s worth more than one listen, because beneath the trap beats and somewhat cliché storyline is a debut album that’s exciting, different, and worth a spot on the shelf.
  10. Aug 21, 2013
    70
    Overall, A$AP Ferg’s Trap Lord, is a solid, if an sometimes-uninspired effort.
  11. Aug 20, 2013
    70
    Trap Lord’s such a tightly bound listen, however, that it jars when it misses the mark.
  12. Aug 19, 2013
    70
    In contrast to comrade Rocky's music, Trap Lord succeeds largely despite its production, fuelled by Ferg's oddball enthusiasm and sincerity.
  13. Aug 19, 2013
    70
    There's nothing on Trap Lord to suggest Ferg will follow A$AP Rocky onto the pop charts, but it's a rewardingly dark and grounded listen.
  14. There’s not much sugar to sweeten the pill, meaning Trap Lord is often one-note and depressing.
  15. Aug 26, 2013
    60
    Slow, silky and menacing, with twists of eccentricity, his debut is a finely constructed mood piece.
  16. Aug 26, 2013
    60
    It’s a fun ride, to be sure, but once the high wears off and all that’s left is the darkness, you can catch a faint glimpse of oblivion. Hopefully we get to peek deeper into the chasm the next time around.
  17. Aug 21, 2013
    60
    The problem with Ferg’s swag raps, though, is that like any party (or after-party) that goes on for too long, it ends up just feeling overwrought and repetitive.
  18. Aug 19, 2013
    60
    Ferg has enough lyrical promise and personality to make him a legit trap player, if not, quite yet, a lord.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Aug 25, 2013
    8
    A dark, trippy and gritty journey through Ferg's mystical yet scarily realistic world, similar to Rocky's yet more 90's hip-hop, Reggae, trap and gothic inspired. Rocky manages to greatly balance two sides of hip-hop. Modern day trap with 90's rugged style, coming out complicated yet addicting. While Ferg follows many modern day rap trends on the album (gold, cars and women), he still manages to shine and stand out from the crowd as his own man with his own style that is hard to explain but can be seen thoroughly through out the album. Although it would have been nice to see Ferg spit over some more 90's hip-hop beats, he still widely attracts an audience with his flexible flow and sometimes Jamaican reggae sounding voice. This can be seen mainly and impressively on tracks like "Let It Go' and the "Work Remix" where, in both, we can hear him slightly tweaking his voice and flow to match with the beats, giving the audience an adventurous vibe. During a full cohesive listen, Ferg will most definitely take you into his dark haunted world, were you can almost see the murders and other gruesome events happening right in front of you. A world were gritty rappers like Method Man and Biggie would fit right into and what Nas would describe as the "Dungeons Of Rap". Ferg has legendary old-timers and new-comers alike, all who (except for French Montano) really add to the depth of the album. Ferg may not be one of the best rappers out right now, but when it comes to Trap and the underground side, he sure does have a serious suggestion for being considered "Lord". Full Review »
  2. Aug 21, 2013
    4
    I am stunned that I am not calling this a complete and utter failure. As a whole, is it a good album? Nah, but is pure hot unadulterated trash? Nah. It is actually ok for what it is, much like Stay Trippy. I am slightly impressed by A$AP Ferg, though I wish he focused on making more songs like "Cocaine Castle". Full Review »
  3. Aug 21, 2013
    7
    A$AP Ferg's Trap Lord is probably the best A$AP Mob project since A$AP Rocky's unforgettable 2011 mixtape, Live. Love. A$AP with good production and great features from A$AP Rocky and from legendary rappers, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony & Onyx and many more. The album is very hype and delightfully lyrical but it doesn't set the bar high for Ferg as the album cuts short at 13 tracks and falters with sour tracks like 4:02 and Dump Dump. Although the album is still a solid listen especially 4 A$AP fans. Full Review »