A$AP Ferg and A$AP Rocky perform live during Rolling Loud music festival
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Trouble in the Mob? A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg's Friendship Is in Question

ASAP Rocky and ASAP Ferg have been close for years. However, speculation suggests that the two are no longer friends. Here's the real story.


May 18 2024, Updated 4:01 p.m. ET

In the early 2010s, A$AP Mob ruled the Harlem music scene.

Formed in 2006 by A$AP Yams (Steven Rodriguez), A$AP Bari (Jabari Shelton), and A$AP Illz (Illijah Nicholson), the collective quickly expanded to include rappers A$AP Rocky (Rakim Mayers), A$AP Ferg (Darold Durard Brown Ferguson Jr.), and A$AP Twelvyy (Jamal Phillips).

Together, the group became synonymous with innovation, style, and boundary-pushing artistry. Members of A$AP Mob are now prominent figures in both fashion and music.

Rocky has since become the most famous member of the group, and he praises A$AP Mob for their culture-shifting creativity.

“Plans for the Mob is just to be creative too,” Rocky told Acclaim. “We’ve got A$AP Ferg, A$AP Twelvyy, A$AP Nast — they all coming up next. Honestly their stuff is just as good as mine, so I feel like people don’t really appreciate what the A$AP Mob has to offer for 2013 and beyond.”

However, there has been a shift in the mob. Ferg has made a huge life transition and seems to be distancing himself from the group. Now, fans are wondering if Rocky and Ferg are still friends.

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aap rocky aap ferg and jim jones perform at yams day
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) A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, and Jim Jones perform at Yams Day 2020.

The drama between A$AP Mob members started in 2020.

Rumors of A$AP Mob’s split started rumbling in 2020, after A$AP Illz made a shocking announcement on X (formerly known as Twitter.)

“Ferg ain't ASAP no more. Sorry, guys. That n***a burnt out, songs dumb trash. Mr anthem can’t get right,” Illz wrote (via Rap-Up). The tweet came out of nowhere, leaving fans confused about the state of the group.

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However, A$AP Nast settled those fears, emphasizing that Ferg did not leave the mob. “The Trap Lord was not and will not be kicked out of A$AP — false news, everybody go home now #ASAPforever” Nast tweeted.

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A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky, and A$AP Illz perform during the ASAP Mob Album Release.

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Ferg later addressed the controversy in an interview with Ebro in the Morning, explaining that Illz tweeted his remarks out of anger – calling the comments, “petty.” Ultimately, Ferg continued his association with the collective.

“I am the A$AP Mob,” Ferg told Ebro. “Who’s been waving this flag for the past couple years? You can’t spell A$AP without saying A$AP Ferg.”

A$AP Ferg changed his name, but he’s still friend with A$AP Rocky

On May 13, Ferg dropped his new single “MDMX,” and fans immediately took notice of how the song was billed. Ferg dropped “A$AP” from his public moniker. This caused a frenzy among A$AP Mob fans, with many suggesting that Ferg was formally kicked out of the hip-hop collective.

“Couple things I noticed — he dropped A$AP from his name, no A$AP Mob tagging or artwork throughout the video, no members either. Bro said f**k them n***as?” one fan tweeted.

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However, that is not the case. On May 9, Ferg and Rocky reunited, proving that their bond is just as strong as ever.

In a clip shared online, the rappers are seen sitting together in a car, jamming out to new music. The unreleased song in the video appears to be a collaboration between the two, but that has not been confirmed.

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