A$AP Ferg Preaches to the Kids in ‘Hood Pope’ Video
In A$AP Ferg’s new video for “Hood Pope” the Harlem born rapper rides through the streets in a big black Jeep drinking a 40 like he’s king of the city.
The video, directed by Shomi Patwary, shows scenes of little kids stealing and struggling to survive, clear from the scars that Patwary highlights in several close-up shots.
But Ferg is talking directly to the Harlem kids with the track off his 2013 debut, Trap Lord, letting them know there’s still some hope out there, but they have to smarten up: “You talking about you riding with them/ And fighting with them, those ain’t your friends/ You dying, lying on cement, momma be crying ‘Don’t take him!’”
By the end Ferg’s standing in the park, giving a sermon to the local teens, letting them know, “Young Trap Lord, feel your pain, I be down for my people.”
Watch the video via Complex.
In an interview with Radio.com, Ferg talked about growing up in Harlem and wanting to prove to his block that he could get out of those kind of situations that he talks about in his music. There were a lot of people he saw that didn’t get out, or worse, but Ferg wanted to prove to himself and the people around him that he could make more of his life.
“I used to sneak into industry parties when I was 15 just to see something different,” Ferg said. “I wanted to bag a model chick, and I wanted to bring them back to the neighborhood to say ‘Look what I got.’…For them to see one of their own, somebody come from the dirt, from the bottom make it. That they can make it as well. That’s what I want to show them.”