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By Sinead Garvan. A$AP Ferg says working with Pharrell Williams is “dope” and he is “like a monk” in the studio. The pair have been working together on Ferg’s second album, which he says is nearly finished as he’s just putting the finishing touches on it. He admits he was in “awe” of Pharrell who spent a couple of days in the studio with him. “He is like a big brother figure for me, he gives me a lot of advice and drops jewels,” A$AP Ferg says.

“Just that experience of me being able to be in the studio with somebody I idolised for so long was great. “He changed my life with music because he showed me it was alright to be different, and make the music that you wanted to make.” In the studio next door were Haim, we think recording their second album too, whom he describes as his “sisters”. “We were running each other’s sessions and just bugging out,” he explains about Haim.

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“That is usually how it is in the studio… you bump into someone you know, other artists that you don’t see for a long time, but you all love each other. “It will be like ‘come to my session’ and you go to their sessions, you all go out to eat, you might go to a party or an art show and then come back to the studio.”

*bbc.co.uk