(AllHipHop News) Hip Hop has been having a hot summer 17.
Albums by Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, French Montana, DJ Khaled, and 21 Savage control the five highest spots on this week's Billboard 200 album chart.
The Top 20 of the Hot 100 features singles by Khaled, French, Kendrick, Post Malone, Childish Gambino, Lil Uzi Vert, and Future.
Then there are newcomers like Playboi Carti, Cardi B, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, and YFN Lucci with tracks that are keeping parties lit.
With all the heat rising from the culture at the moment, which performer is seen as being at the head of the class?
According to A$AP Ferg, the answer is clear.
"Kendrick is the hottest," stated Ferg. "If you think about how complex his musicality [was] on his last album To Pimp A Butterfly - this [DAMN] album is more contemporary. He's working with today's sounds."
The Harlemite also discussed his appreciation for Lamar paying attention to his art and not what happens outside of the creative process.
In addition, Ferg talked about following the moves of K. Dot as well as Hip Hop icon Jay-Z.
"I see those same things in Jay. These type of artists that reach these pinnacles of success, they all have the same traits," said the A$AP Mob member. "I study a lot of people, everybody who's great. They just have that militant aura and they take themselves very serious."
He continued, "I feel like you should take your art real serious. I think a lot of people play with it. I'm trying to preserve the culture and push it forward."
A$AP Ferg's current discography includes the studio albums Trap Lord and Always Strive and Prosper.