Always Strive and Prosper

A$AP Ferg - Always Strive and Prosper
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2016 Ratings: #711 / 877
User Score
Based on 208 ratings
2016 Ratings: #797
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April 22, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
A.V. Club

Rap albums are inherently narcissistic, the product of one person’s values and interests, yet on Always Strive And Prosper, the secondary characters are every bit as fully drawn as the buoyant personality at the center of it all.

80
The Guardian

He may yet be condemned to the time-honoured role of doughty lieutenant, but Always Strive and Prosper – eclectic, smart, skilful, occasionally experimental – is strong evidence that it would be a terrible oversight.

80
AllMusic

Always Strive and Prosper is so stimulating and so eclectic that Ferg could be nominated as hip-hop's truest maverick in the already free and freaky year of 2016.

80
XXL

A$AP Ferg is on a new level of ambition on Always Strive and Prosper ... Not only does he strive to become a better, more diverse artist, he definitely prospers in more ways than one as he continues to make a name for himself as one of New York’s biggest talents.

80
Exclaim!

While Ferg takes risks with production, offering a sound that may not jibe with his day one fans, he still provides the darker and ominous lyrics that are embraced by trap music.

76
HipHopDX

Despite the occasional uncertainty, Always Strive and Prosper answers more questions than it poses. Ferg has clearly stepped up his game by delivering his most well-rounded project thus far.

73
Pitchfork
He’s making this transition from Trap Lord to Hood Pope, attempting to address his congregation of all the perils that come with celebrity. It’s a vulnerable position in which to be in, following a self-proclaimed lord status. But strip away the features, strip the beats, strip the quirky nicknames, and you’re left with Darold’s wise words, coming through loud and clear.
70
Rolling Stone

The follow-up to his acclaimed 2013 debut Trap Lord sees the Harlem rapper open up with more honesty, humor and charm.

70
PopMatters

With the exception of a few minor faults here and there, Always Strive and Prosper is an excellent sophomore album for ASAP Ferg. Although many would have been satisfied to have another Trap Lord, he pushed himself into uncharted territory, and the risk paid off.

60
The Line of Best Fit
He’s more than willing to show his chart aspirations, which is by no means a bad thing, but it’s the songs themselves which fall short.
60
NME

Trap lord, misty-eyed raconteur or pop crossover star? Ferg’s hoping to be all these things at once – he just doesn’t quite have the charisma to pull it off.

58
Pretty Much Amazing
Throughout ASAP Ferg is just trying shit out; some of it sticks and some of it sucks. With the quality being an obviously mixed bag, the album is backed by a glut of guest appearances and is strung along by a thinly-veiled narrative about family and home.
50
Consequence of Sound

Always Strive and Prosper doesn’t play to Ferg’s strengths. It feels more like album made by a big label committee, carving up a talented rapper piece by piece and stripping away everything that makes him special.

50
Spin

If you were to overlook the glaring disparity of its sonic palette and the general scattered nature of the ideas and tracks on Always Strive and Prosper, there are still the undercooked raps, which often completely lack nuance.

BuffaloStaple
28
So this is one of those albums where people will probably be like, 'It's not so bad, it's just a handful of loud hip hop bangers, just let loose, have fun, don't take it too seriously' etc. Except, whilst this album is going for that 'handful of fun hip-hop bangers' approach, the tracks here sound really awkward to me, Ferg just doesn't sound comfortable here. I mean you have your highlights, like Let It Bang with ScHoolboy Q just goes hard af, but tracks like Hungry Ham and Yammy Gang are ... read more
snarekickblues
31
Hahahaha nawwwwwwww
Z.Younk
54
Ferg makes an album that sounds like it was recorded in London. Very grime influenced, which is new for Trap Lord but fitting of his personality.
BrickTacos
75
I honestly cant put my finger on why I like this album having recently come back to it after 3 years it just hits me different some songs are massive misses mostly on the tail end, Psycho and Let it Bang are probably one of my favourite string of two songs on any album
WillToven
45
Definitely not as defining as Ferg's previous work. I felt as if this album was not quite up to par with his style of music. This album to me is most likely going to be his lowest point and I hope he learns from what failed in this to what his strengths are like his work in "Still Striving".
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Track List

  1. Rebirth
  2. Hungry Ham (feat. Skrillex & Crystal Caines)
  3. Strive (feat. Missy Elliott)
  4. Meet My Crazy Uncle (Skit)
  5. Psycho
  6. Let It Bang (feat. ScHoolboy Q)
  7. New Level (feat. Future)
  8. Yammy Gang (feat. A$AP Mob & Tatianna Paulino)
  9. Swipe Life (feat. Rick Ross)
  10. Uzi Gang (feat. Lil Uzi Vert & Marty Baller)
  11. Beautiful People (feat. Chuck D & Mama Ferg)
  12. Damn Not Again (Skit)
  13. Let You Go
  14. World Is Mine (feat. Big Sean)
  15. Phone Call With Breezy (Skit)
  16. I Love You (feat. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign)
  17. Grandma (Skit)
  18. Grandma
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Added on: March 22, 2016