Album Review: ASAP Ferg's 'Always Strive and Prosper' is Exceptional

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It's not often that you find a hip-hop artist who can alter his lyrical ability and create a pretty versatile album.

The list is very short however, ASAP Ferg has official etched his name on that list with his new album Always Strive and Prosper.

In a broad sense, the Always Strive and Prosper album is exceptional because it has a little bit of everything for from trap to EDM and classic hip-hop, ASAP Ferg has created a body of work that spans a number of genres reaching out to an even wider fanbase.

The album kicks off with "Rebirth" a wild sounding introduction where Ferg talks about combining his Hood Pope and Trap Lord sound all in one.

It's a great lead in to "Hungy Ham" featuring Skrillex and Crystal Caines. The high energy "Hungy Ham" is a single that fans heard prior to the release of the album and it really sparked excitement and energy prior to the release of Always Strive and Prosper.

Everyone completely fell in love with Ferg's collaboration with Missy Elliott titled, "Strive." To have a co-sign from Elliott is pretty huge and it just goes to show that Ferg is continuing to surround himself with mentors who can have a positive effect on his artistry. Things get very New York with a track titled, "Psycho" which happens to be a standout piece on Always Strive and Prosper.

Ferg gives fans his storyteller approach to rapping and illustrates street story while getting a few things off of his chest.

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The mellow "Psycho" works its way into the gangster/trap vibe of "Let It Bang" featuring ScHoolboy Q. The trap vibe continues onto "New Level" featuring Future which happens to be a very dab-friendly song.

Ferg gets the ASAP Mob and Tatianna Paulino for "Yammy Gang" which is clearly titled in honor of their fallen member ASAP Yams. Rocky steps in with a slick verse followed by ASAP Nast and ASAP Twelvy.

"Swipe Life" featuring Rick Ross is a Tinder inspired track with plenty more layers. The trap vibe is still ringing on "Swipe Life" and Ross actually fits pretty well with the overall sound making for a pretty awesome track.

While featuring OG's like Elliott and Ross, Ferg also calls on new acts like Lil Uzi Vert and long time friend Marty Baller.

Always Strive and Prosper rolls out with a series of skits and tracks that include "Beautiful People" featuring Chuck D and Mama Ferg, "Let You Go," "World is Mine" featuring Big Sean, "I Love You" featuring Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign and finally a tribute to Ferg's "Grandma." Overall Always Strive and Prosper shows growth and appreciation for where Ferg has come from.

It's an exceptional body of work. You can stream Always Strive and Prosper below and let us know what you think about the album in the comments section.

Stream ASAP Ferg's Always Strive and Prosper Album