A$AP Mob has been at the top of the shortening list of hip hop music groups since 2012. Here is a look back at their groundbreaking debut tape, Lord$ Never Worry.
Before the late A$AP Yams passed away, Rocky became the new Billie D. Williams, and Ant got bars, A$AP Mob was once the hungriest young group of artists that ever decided to get on the mic.
As they rose from the unfinished foundation of The Diplomats’ plans in Harlem, New York, A$AP Mob gained the support of every rap OG who was still alive to witness their birth and first reflections on the art. With TDE being their only true friendly competition at the time, the potential for the mob to set everlasting trends remained limitless.
A$AP Rocky is the most well-known member of the group, girls love him and his rap ability has no boundaries. For the beginning song on the tape, “Full Metal Jacket”, the mob decides to give him the first verse, rolling in with his recognizable “uhh” adlibs similar to Master P, Rocky delivered an ideal verse for the debut of their collaborative style. He mentions that the mob “just came up” and the rest is history.
As every artist introduced themselves throughout their own lines on the tape, the noticeable characteristics of each person are still coherent in their music today. Nast began to stretch his nouns, Ferg brought forth his attempts at serenading the audience with his vocal construct, and Rocky still spewed out his wordy phrases with pressing urgency and a heavy Harlem accent.
Aside from putting their own talents on display, A$AP Mob also assisted fellow New York rap group, Flatbush Zombies, in bringing their talents to the mainstream spotlight by adding them on the track “Bath Salt”. While Raider Klan played a supporting role in Rocky’s evolvement, the mob’s waves and surrounding influence on the slower and melodic style of rap music being produced today, for the most part, started with this tape.
If you’ve never gotten to experience the sounds on this tape that have strongly assisted the reshaping of hip hop culture, now would be a good time to hear Throwback Thursday’s leading candidate, Lord$ Never Worry by A$AP Mob.