A$AP Ferg collects his third Hot 100 hit with Still Striving mixtape track “Plain Jane,” which peaks at No. 54 for the chart dated Nov. 18. Below, the Harlem rapper recounts how he chose to sample a classic Three 6 Mafia beat for the new track, his tour packing essentials and how a family surprise made his 30th birthday one to remember.
You sample Three 6 Mafia’s signature “Slob on My Knob” beat for “Plain Jane.” What made you rework that track?
People [usually] send me beats, but this time I was in the car with my uncle, and we were going hard to “Slob on My Knob.” I was like, “Hold up, nobody did this song over yet?” That song meant so much to me. [Three 6 Mafia’s] Juicy J was one of the first guys to take me on tour. I wanted to make him proud.
I’ve never worked with Dr. Dre. We just kicked it, and that’s what that was. With Pharrell, we’ve been cooking up some tracks for my new album. Hopefully, everything works out the way it’s supposed to.
You turned 30 in October. How did you celebrate?
We had a show [in Houston], and mid-performance A$AP Rocky brought my mom out with a cake. She doesn’t come to a lot of shows; she’s private and she does her thing. For her to come all the way out — I don’t think she’s ever [been] to Houston or wanted to go to Houston — I wasn’t expecting that.
Because you’re a fashion savant, what three things do you always pack when you’re heading on the road?
My jewelry box with all of my jewelry and stuff in it. I would have to say I pack an extra bag — a duffel bag — just in case I go shopping. And I pack my computer.
What’s been your favorite stop on the A$AP Mob Too Cozy tour so far?
New York was lit because I was home. I was seeing a lot of people sad that they couldn’t get in, but they somehow found a way to sneak in. It was just wild. It reminded me of an early on A$AP [Mob] show. And it wasn’t too big to where it didn’t feel personal — it felt real personal.