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A$AP Ferg may be the Trap Lord on wax (with a new “Trap Anthem” with Migos under his belt), but there’s a whole other side to the Harlem rapper that you may not know about. The subject of VICE‘s latest Autobiographies episode, Ferg walks us through his life story — from being the son of a hip-hop graphic designer (his dad designed the Bad Boy logo) to discovering art and fashion to his early battle rap days downtown.

Ferg also opens up about the death of his father, who passed away just days before his 17th birthday, and how he found salvation through art. “Everything just went blank,” he remembered. “I stayed in the crib for three days straight, just painting. I remember looking at the canvas smiling, looking at that art that represented him.”

Despite his initial ambition to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a designer, it was at A$AP Rocky’s urging to pursue a rap career. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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