Gulou is about to get gangsta. That's because burgeoning hip-hop star A$AP Ferg is set to take the stage at Yugong Yishan on September 14. The rapper's Beijing gig was announced in a press release by promoter Split Works.

As part of the A$AP Mob – lead by its most famous and charismatic member, A$AP Rocky – A$AP Ferg boasts a laid back flow that is frequently rife with hilarious punchlines. In 2013 he was voted Rookie of the Year at the BET Hip Hop Awards (broadcast by premium urban arts and culture network BET). That distinction was given to Ferg in lieu of his 2013 debut album, Trap Lord, which Rolling Stone called "Slow, silky and menacing, with twists of eccentricity, his debut is a finely constructed mood piece," while AllMusic raved "With the deep, dark, and delicious Trap Lord, A$AP Ferg enters the A$AP Mob's immersive murder music hall of fame, having crafted an album as out there and attractive as A$AP Rocky's official debut Long.Live.A$AP." The album was noted for its upbeat hit single "Shabba," an upbeat, dance hall inflected tune dedicated to lauded Jamaican musician Shabba Ranks that was made all the more popular by the release of its shamelessly goofy music video.

A$AP Ferg further stepped out of A$AP Rocky's shadow with his 2016 follow up, Always Strive and Prosper. For Ferg, the new album marked a major leap forward, thanks to both its eclectic guest list (fellow gangsta MC's like Rick Ross and Schoolboy Q, pop hip-hop vet Missy Elliot, and EDM star Skrillex, just to name a few) and deeper lyricism. The latter was noted in a review by Pop Matters, which said: "With Always Strive and Prosper, we now know about Ferg’s family, his faith, his ambitions, and his past, and his story is more beautiful that anyone ever expected."

Ferg's Yugong Yishan gig will also feature opening acts Little Simz (an acclaimed, burgeoning British MC and singer) and local rap favorite Dawei.

The show will be a late one, set for Yugong Yishan on September 14 at 11.30pm. Ticket prices will be announced soon.

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