A$AP Ferg recently dropped the music video for "Shabba," the first single from his August 20 release Trap Lord, and it features a cameo from one of the Harlem rapper's musical idols: Shabba Ranks, the Jamaican dancehall artist who inspired the bass-heavy track. Ferg dropped by Fuse HQ to explain how the video came together...
"Shabba was the second person to go platinum doing Jamaican music, besides Bob Marley," Ferg explains of Shabba's influence. "I just wanted to pay tribute. He was lost in the sauce I wanted to bring him back up."
Shot in Yonkers, NY with fellow A$AP Mob rapper A$AP Rocky in the director and writer chairs, the "Shabba" video is a visual tribute to '90s hip hop culture. "I wanted to bring back that '90s feel with Cross Colours clothes and that imagery," says Ferg. "It's what I grew up lovin'. It's what I was aiming for." The plot involves Ferg and Rocky sneaking into Shabba's mansion and partying: "We wear his clothes and I'm in his bed with his girls," says Ferg. "It was a fun video!"
Watch the full interview above and then check out the final "Shabba" music video. And prepare for the arrival of Trap Lord. Ferg is certainly ready: "I'm tired of talking about it," he says. "I just want people to hear it."