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The DMV has seen an exploding crop of new rappers the past few years, and one of the next ones to really blow hails from Baltimore by the name of YG Addie, also known as A$AP Ant. He's young in age, but long in hustle, having started Marino Gang, which propelled him into the spotlight before he then linked with A$AP Mob. From there, it was a wrap, as he's taken every opportunity to put his signature style on not only his songs, but everybody else's too; he's one of the harder working rappers we've seen come along. He made a name for himself after he joined A$AP with the song "Coke and White Bitches", which is a fan favorite on tour, but has heat all throughout his catalog. You can hear him prominently featured on the upcoming A$AP Mob album L.O.R.D. as well as his brand new single "Splurge", which is available on iTunes now. We had the chance to chop it up with Addie and got him to open up about his hometown, how he linked with A$AP, his mom's cooking, and much more.
It's Just a B-more Thing
One of the prominent faces of the Maryland rap scene, along with King Los and Logic, Addie takes a lot of pride in his home city and reps it to the fullest in his music, and life in general. We asked him about some Baltimore shit, and this is what he had to say:
On Food: "Crabs, even though I haven't had them in a minute. I fuck with shrimp heavy, I'm not really into lobster or anything like that. My mom is mean on the grill with the shrimp and chicken."
On Rappers: "It's good we got guys making it, but everybody who's rushing to the top falls off. People don't know how to climb the ladder and be patient. There's a lot of guys that hit Baltimore radio with one-hit-wonders and then fall off. If you're from Baltimore, you gotta take it global first to get those loyal local fans, but keep using that Baltimore slang."
On Sports: "I fuck with the Ravens and Orioles, most definitely. Orioles are #1 in the division right now"
On The Wire: "I don't get mad when people ask if the city is really like the show, because that's the only way people can relate with Baltimore, that's all they see on the national scale. I love The Wire, we're a small city, but we got a lot of stories to tell, and that's just one."
Networking & Collaborations
We asked Addie about his relationship with Fredo Santana, as the two have worked together quite a bit, whether on songs or shows. He told us, "I been knowing Fredo since back in the day. That's like the only real friend I got out in the industry. When he had a show in New York, he threw me on the bill. He stay showing me love, that's a friend, for real. Fredo's mad humble, good dude. When wework together on songs, we like to be in the studio together cooking up, it's more organic. Hopefully I'll be in Chicago soon so we can knock some joints out."
Watch Your Track
Addie has no problems snatching up somebody else's track and bodying them on their own shit. Actually, he does it a lot. "When I hear new music, and how somebody rapped on it, I'm like damn, I can do better than that. My biggest one was probably that OG Bobby Johnson one, got like 180k plays, opened some more doors. I don't think anybody did that joint like me. I can't hop on Drake shit like everybody else because it's too generic for me."
Though he wasn't an original member of A$AP Mob, he was brought into the family as if he was. Linking with the Mob at first over clothing, the working relationship quickly grew into a friendship. "I had a clothing line called Marino Goods. You probably saw it in like the second Rocky video, "Peso" I think it was. I knew Yams back when I was in high school and he had told me about Rocky. We were just trying to help put each other on, like they'd wear my clothing in the videos and I'd help promote A$AP down by me. It's all very rare, they're like my brothers, for real. They heard me rapping around the time of those Stash House freestyles and it was kind of a wrap from there."
Addie figures to be prominently featured on the highly anticipated new A$AP Mob album, L.O.R.D., and has already had one song called "See Me" released from the project. The album was first announced as a late 2013 release before being pushed back multiple times. Ferg and Rocky have stated in interviews that the pushbacks are only due to the Mob wanting perfection on the album, and not wanting to settle for anything less. We asked Ant for his take on the album and it's subsequent pushbacks, but he couldn't say too much on the subject. "I don't want to speak too much on the pushback, but just know I got some heaters on there. I'll have 3 or 4 songs on there, you know, with an album sometimes it's songs you recorded like a year ago because of clearances and stuff like that. So from last Summer to about January, all my songs are in, so I'm just waiting. I don't want to talk too much on when it's coming out because that's Yam's place at the end of the day. I think we're going to drop a little something before the album comes out too though."
In this week's edition of On The Come Up, we talk to one of the illest young rappers to come out of the DMV in a minute, A$AP Ant.
HotNewHipHop's On The Come Up series profiles rising stars in the rap game that show strong promise and the will to succeed. Most of the time, they're new to the site but deserve some shine. We will profile artists and producers ranging from those in the deep underground to artists just about to bubble up into the mainstream that you may have missed. You'll be able to check out some of their best work, and we'll break down what makes them great by category. Throughout the article, you'll find links to hear more from the artist or producer, and you can leave suggestions in the comments letting us know who we should profile in the future.
This week we head down to Baltimore to learn a little more about YG Addie, better known as A$AP Ant, one of the most prominent rappers in the DMV and a key member of the A$AP Mob. Yeah, we know, he's a little higher profile than the average artist featured in OTCU, but in a mob as deep and talented as A$AP, we just want to make sure you didn't miss out on one of the dopest young MCs in the game.