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Always Strive and Prosper is the second studio album by American rapper ASAP Ferg. It was released on April 22, 2016, by A$AP Worldwide, Polo Grounds Music and RCA Records.[1][2] The album was supported by two singles: "New Level" featuring Future, and "Back Hurt" featuring Migos. Other appearances include Missy Elliot, A$AP Mob, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign, Rick Ross and Schoolboy Q, among others.

Always Strive and Prosper
ASAP Ferg Always Strive and Prosper.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 22, 2016
Recorded2015–16
GenreHip hop
Length
  • 47:28 (standard edition)
  • 54:02 (Best Buy deluxe edition)
Label
Producer
ASAP Ferg chronology
Ferg Forever
(2014)
Always Strive and Prosper
(2016)
Still Striving
(2017)
Singles from Always Strive and Prosper
  1. "New Level"
    Released: December 18, 2015
  2. "Back Hurt"
    Released: June 28, 2016

Contents

SinglesEdit

On December 18, 2015, ASAP Ferg released the album's first single, titled "New Level". The song features a guest appearance from Southern hip hop recording artist Future, with the production that was handled by Honorable C.N.O.T.E.[3] On January 19, 2016, the music video was released for "New Level" featuring Future.[4]

On June 28, 2016, the bonus track "Back Hurt" featuring Migos, was sent to urban radio as the album's second single.[citation needed] The following day, the music video was released.[5]

Promotional singlesEdit

"Let It Bang" featuring Schoolboy Q, was released as the album's promotional single on March 24, 2016.[6] The following day, the music video premiered for "Let It Bang" featuring Schoolboy Q.[7] "World Is Mine" featuring Big Sean was released as the album's second promotional single on April 1, 2016.[8] The official video for the song was released on June 26, 2016.[9] The audio for "Hungry Ham" featuring Skrillex and Crystal Caines, was released as the album's third promotional single on April 7, 2016.[10] The audio for "Strive" featuring Missy Elliott, was released as the album's fourth promotional single on April 14, 2016.[11]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic74/100[12]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [13]
The A.V. ClubB+[14]
Consequence of SoundC[15]
Exclaim8/10[16]
The Guardian     [17]
NME3/5[18]
Pitchfork Media7.3/10[19]
Rolling Stone     [20]
Spin5/10[21]
XXL     (XL)[22]

Always Strive and Prosper has received generally positive reviews. At Metacritic which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received a score of 74 based on 15 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[12]

Commercial performanceEdit

In the United States, the album debuted at number 8 on the Billboard 200, selling 35,000 units in its first week.[23]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Rebirth"2:15
2."Hungry Ham" (featuring Skrillex and Crystal Caines)Skrillex3:35
3."Strive" (featuring Missy Elliott)2:50
4."Meet My Crazy Uncle (Skit)"BrownTodd Bee0:22
5."Psycho"
  • Brown
  • Barsh
  • Abdul-Rahman
  • Volpe
  • Tannenbaum
  • Seeff
  • DJ Khalil
  • Clams Casino
2:58
6."Let It Bang" (featuring Schoolboy Q)Lex Luger2:31
7."New Level" (featuring Future)Honorable C.N.O.T.E.4:24
8."Yammy Gang" (featuring ASAP Mob and Tatianna Paulino)2:33
9."Swipe Life" (featuring Rick Ross)
VERYRVRE3:13
10."Uzi Gang" (featuring Lil Uzi Vert and Marty Baller)
TM883:32
11."Beautiful People" (featuring Chuck D and Mama Ferg)
  • DJ Khalil
  • Clams Casino
3:15
12."Damn Not Again (Skit)"BrownTodd Bee0:21
13."Let You Go"StarGate3:16
14."World Is Mine" (featuring Big Sean)No I.D.3:45
15."Phone Call With Breezy (Skit)"BrownTodd Bee0:41
16."I Love You" (featuring Chris Brown and Ty Dolla Sign)
  • Hagler
  • Jordan Lewis
3:47
17."Grandma (Skit)"BrownTodd Bee0:20
18."Grandma"
DJ Khalil3:50
Total length:47:28

Notes

  • "Rebirth" and "Psycho" features background vocals from Nikki Grier.
  • "Beautiful People" features background vocal from Nikki Grier and Lauren Pardini.
  • "Grandma" features background vocals from Sid Sriram, Ajanee Hambrick and Malik Spence.

ChartsEdit

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[25] 16
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[26] 102
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[27] 11
French Albums (SNEP)[28] 142
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[29] 77
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[30] 35
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[31] 34
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[32] 38
UK Albums (OCC)[33] 67
US Billboard 200[34] 8
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[35] 2

ReferencesEdit

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