Still Striving

A$AP Ferg - Still Striving
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2017 Ratings: #553 / 721
User Score
Based on 107 ratings
2017 Ratings: #581
August 18, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

74
HipHopDX

Still Striving sounds like a direct continuation of 2016’s Always Strive And Prosper with a hint of 2017 sprinkled in.

67
Pretty Much Amazing

Sophomore album Always Strive and Prosper had ASAP Ferg striving to expand his lyrical and sonic palette and prospering less than half of the time. Still Striving then, perhaps self-consciously titled, course-corrects by dropping pretense and delivering what we came to Ferg for in the first place: banging beats, fire flows.

65
Paste

Still Striving isn’t groundbreaking, but it’s a solid record. Ferg has the chops to be considered one of his generation’s greats, but in terms of creative vision and originality, he’s still not quite there.

61
Pitchfork

Though he’s still got style on the mic, Ferg’s latest is a regression into the gleeful ignorance that colored his earlier work.

60
The Needle Drop
NY rapper A$AP Ferg delivers a slight return to form with his latest mixtape.
40
Exclaim!
The project's title is deceptively ambitious — rather than build on last year's clearheaded introspection and lush beats, Ferg regresses lyrically, and pairs his bland rhymes with uninspired production that's hard to sit through.
Jack
NR
Man, this could have been fucking great. Songs like Trap and a Dream, Rubber Band Man, Olympian, Plain Jane, Mattress REMIX, East Coast REMIX, Nandos, and Tango are all fucking fantastic songs. The problem with this mixtape is, there are lots of songs holding it down as a cohesive project, mainly due to the features. Aww Yeah, What Do You Do, Coach Cartier, Mad Man, and One Night Savage as examples of songs held down by their features. If those songs were taken off, this could have easily been ... read more
Z.Younk
58
Trap Lord was a good style for him. His last LP he was trying grime and pop and most of the lyrics were corny (Strive). On this album he's blending old school NY shit with a million features where nobody contributes anything good honestly. Ferg sounded like he was struggling lyrically on the last few but never more than here.
birdmanslawyer
45
Loaded with features, and sadly not much substance. A step up from the last project for sure, but that's not saying much. Although Plain Jane and Olympian go fucking hard, there are not enough "WOW" moments that make this project more listenable. "Mad Man" seems the most ridiculous of the bunch, with Playboi Carti's slurred adlib speech over a flat C-Note beat. Then we have the Migos feature, which is horrible, top that with "The Mattress Remix" which is absolutely ... read more
CxAylward
51
features save this
BruhMan
48
I actually enjoyed "Always Strive And Prosper" so for me this was a huge disappointment. At least he saved the best for last. I really didn't expect to get "Tango" after 40 minutes of generic trap.

FAV: Trap And A Dream, Rubber Band Man, Olympian, What Do You Do, Nandos & Tango

LEAST: Nasty (Who Dat)
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Track List

  1. Trap And A Dream (feat. Meek Mill)
  2. Rubber Band Man (feat. Cam’ron)
  3. Olympian (feat. Dave East)
  4. Aww Yeah (feat. Lil Yachty)
  5. What Do You Do (feat. Nav)
  6. Coach Cartier (feat. Famous Dex)
  7. Mad Man (feat. Playboi Carti)
  8. Plain Jane
  9. Nasty (Who Dat) [feat. Migos]
  10. The Mattress REMIX (feat. A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti & Famous Dex)
  11. One Night Savage (feat. MadeinTYO)
  12. East Coast REMIX (feat. Busta Rhymes, A$AP Rocky, Dave East, French Montana, Rick Ross & Snoop Dogg)
  13. Nandos
  14. Tango
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