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A$AP Ferg brings a dispatch from the underground

It’s one of the longest-standing traditions in hip-hop: When one artist from a crew gets a big break, he or she is supposed to come back to share the spotlight with the rest of the group. In other words, if you can’t make it on your own, just hope you’re standing next to someone who can.

Harlem rapper A$AP Ferg, who performed at the Middle East Downstairs Monday night at the closing US date of the “Turnt x Burnt” tour, owes some of his momentum thus far to A$AP Rocky, last year’s overnight success story, which he duly noted by briefly covering Rocky’s hits “[Expletive] Problems” and “Wild for the Night” during his hourlong set. But judging from the raucous reaction to his sold-out all-ages show, Ferg is doing just fine without him.

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