A$AP FERG REDESIGNS NYC’S FAMOUS RUCKER PARK BASKETBALL COURT – WITH JAYLEN BROWN’S HELP
Written by Nate Matthews on October 14, 2021
t’s no secret that A$AP Ferg loves Harlem, New York, the place where he was born and raised. Fans can see him hanging out around his old neighborhood and giving back to those in need, and just this last weekend the rapper was a part of a meaningful project in one of Harlem’s most famous places.
On Saturday (October 9), A$AP Ferg teamed up with the NBA Players Association (NBPA) and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to officially reopen the Greg Marius Court at Holcombe Rucker Park in Harlem. The special ribbon-cutting ceremony was open to guests with celebrities such as Fat Joe and NBA legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving in attendance.
A$AP Ferg was tapped to redesign the court, which has been graced by countless basketball legends — NBA stars and streetball icons alike — since the 19050s, alongside creative director Set Free Richardson. The renovation included a new scoreboard, backboards, rims and bleachers installations. According to Ferg, the inspiration for his design came from Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown.
“What really inspired this court design, because I had so many designs, I spoke to my friend Jaylen Brown, he plays for the Boston Celtics,” Ferg told the guests at the legendary Rucker Park. “We was on the phone for hours because I just really was diving for inspiration… He was telling me the history on basketball and he told me about the Mayans.”
Elibert, Mark. “A$AP Ferg Redesigns NYC’s Famous Rucker Park Basketball Court – with Jaylen Brown’s Help.” HipHopDX, HipHopDX, 11 Oct. 2021, https://hiphopdx.com/news/id.65108/title.asap-ferg-rucker-park-renovation.