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A$AP Ferg to headline Dillo Day

A$AP Ferg performs onstage. The rapper will headline Dillo Day 2019.

A$AP Ferg performs onstage. The rapper will headline Dillo Day 2019.

Source: A$AP Ferg on Facebook

A$AP Ferg performs onstage. The rapper will headline Dillo Day 2019.

Source: A$AP Ferg on Facebook

Source: A$AP Ferg on Facebook

A$AP Ferg performs onstage. The rapper will headline Dillo Day 2019.

Gabby Birenbaum, Campus Editor

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Rapper A$AP Ferg will headline Dillo Day 2019.

Ferg, a Harlem, New York native and member of the A$AP Mob hip-hop collective, has long been a target of Mayfest. He was slated to be a daytime performer at 2015’s Dillo Day, but that year’s show was cancelled. Mayfest director of booking Koyote Meiners-Rios said in a release the group knew they had to bring him back as a headliner as his star began to rise.

“We’re very excited to be bring A$AP Ferg to headline this year’s Dillo Day,” Meiners-Rios, a Communications senior, said in a Mayfest release. “He’s a legend with a distinct voice, heavy beats, and more than a few classics….He’s charismatic and high energy, and has proven to give an engaging live show, which is a lot of what we look for in a headliner. From his established discography to the promise of new music, Ferg has the passion that can carry a lineup.”

Along with famous members such as A$AP Rocky and the late A$AP Yams, Ferg and the A$AP Mob as responsible for hits such as “Get High” and “Ghetto Symphony”.

As a solo artist, Ferg is known for singles including “Work”, “Plain Jane” and “Shabba.” Mayfest co-director of promotions Nicholas Khang said Ferg’s discography is full of “bangers.”

“When you hear the signature ‘HOOT HOOT HOOT,’ you know the party is about to go up,” the Weinberg junior said in the release.

Meiners-Rios said hip hop/rap has been the top vote-getter among genres in Mayfest’s annual poll for the last few years, so landing a hip-hop artist as the headliner is an accomplishment.

Ferg has released two albums and two mixtapes since signing a solo record deal in 2013. His debut album “Trap Lord,” released in 2013, landed him the “Rookie of the Year” award at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards.

Most recently, he released the mixtape “Still Striving” in August 2017. Khang said he has a gut feeling Ferg’s next album will be his best, and feels excited to get to see him perform before he releases new music.

“Keep your eye on A$AP Ferg and get hyped to see him at Dillo Day 2019,” Khang said.

Email: gabriellebirenbaum2021@u.northwestern.edu
Twitter: @birenbomb

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