The A$AP Mob, originally formed by the late A$AP Yams, A$AP Bari and A$AP Illz, is as recognizable as other big name collectives such as G Unit and TDE. It has also led to the stellar solo careers of a few of its members, namely A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg. However, it may not be done producing stars just yet. While A$AP Twelvyy and Da$h are also recognizable names, Rocky’s own cousin A$AP Nast may be poised to become the next big thing from A$AP Mob.
On “NV” off of the Ferg Forever mixtape Nast claims “Yeah I’m the cousin of Rocky, I’m supposed to be first,” which in the context of the song demonstrates his envy at Ferg’s rise to fame, but it can be taken somewhat literally as well. Perhaps Nast should have been the next in line to make a name for himself, and maybe there is some jealousy rooted deep in his verse on this song, but that’s a whole different discussion. Let’s get back to talking about Nast.
While his discography isn’t exactly lengthy (“Trillmatic” and “Black Mane” being the only tracks he isn’t a feature on), he still puts in work when given the opportunity. This may not be the case on Nast’s rapping debut, Rocky’s “Uptown,” but he does demonstrates his East Coast influence early on with his first solo hit “Black Mane,” off of A$AP Mob’s mixtape Lord$ Never Worry, where he uses multiple flows to deliver his sharp lyrics and rhyme scheme. His feature on Ferg Forever may also be one of the best off the mixtape. The anger he delivers his verse with makes the content believable, something that is quite impressive. It’s as if he is able to act through rap, a skill that eludes other MCs.
Like most of A$AP Mob, Nast’s lyrics are mostly narcissistic while maintaining a clever rhyme scheme and organization along with word choice. Here’s a bar off of “Trillmatic” for example:
“Fools get roudy, ain’t nothin dumb, my guns from Saudi/ High off the Maui, don’t trip your weed, rolling the finest/ You know the fronto, Sucio Guapo, I’m head honcho/ I sport the poncho, connects with Sandro, the illest y’all know.”
He also demonstrates the ability to rap in multiple voices and tones. His voice on “NV” is far quicker and delivers his bars more rapidly than on “Black Mane,” which appears to be the style he’s moving towards. The emotion he is able to bring to his game sets him apart as well. It’s hard to convey this through just a quote but listening to either “NV” or “Trillmatic” will make this very apparent. It’s almost reminiscent of Nas, who is clearly one of his greatest influences. All of his verses bring the same energy too, whether or not he goes with a more laid back flow like on “Black Mane” or his speedy East Coast cadence which he demonstrates on “NV.”
Nast has a presence about him that makes him come off seeming, for a lack of better words, nasty, the reason for his namesake, which could also be another nod at Nas as well. This is what makes him unique, much like Rocky has his fashion and Ferg has his trapping. Overall, Nast is the complete package, but his lack of work is disappointing. Unfortunately there is no news of when Nast will strike next, only that he plans on it, and an A$AP fan can only hope that time is sooner rather than later. With the release of A.L.L.A. earlier this year there has to be more room cleared up for Nast to record some well overdue solo work. For now, we can only sit back and wait for El Sucio Guapo (Nasty Handsome) to make his next move.