Words by Jesse Serwer—
Dipping into Bunji Garlin’s catalog for a second time, Harlem-rapper-of-Trini-extraction A$AP Ferg has breathed sudden new life into the Viking of Soca’s Trinidad Carnival anthem “Truck On D Road.” While Ferg’s “Petit Valley” used the riddim from Bunji’s “Carnival Tabanca” as a canvas for a song about falling in love with a Trini gyul, the “Truck On D Road” remix slows Jus Now‘s electro-soca rhythm down to a tempo suitable for hip-hop radio, which is exactly where it debuted, on Funkmaster Flex’s Hot 97 show last night. Ferg’s time at Carnival this year has clearly left an impact: the Harlem rapper adopts a periodic Trini accent, offering Carnival-time observations about “girls from Tribe in their fancy clothes.”
The result is definitely something new; we’re not sure what to call it. Let’s try trapival music. Stream below.