Billboard reports that earlier this month, an Australian groom surprised his wife, an A$AP Ferg superfan, with a personal message from the Harlem rapper during their wedding.
In a video that played during the couple’s nuptials, the Hood Pope gave the pair his blessing. “We are gathered here today to witness the marriage between Michael and Jessica,” he said. “If anyone sees the reason why these two should not be wed, then shut the f–k up and f–k you. By the power vested in me and the A$AP Mob, you are now man and wife. Shabba.”
Michael Dawson, a copywriter from Sydney, explained how he recruited Ferg for the video in an interview with the Pedestrian:
“[A$AP Ferg] was performing in Sydney [at The Hi-Fi, back in May] and I just got in touch with his people to make the request, then they came back and said, ‘We’ll arrange for you to put the idea to him and he may say no’. He put on a meet-and-greet where people got photos, and the tour manager arranged for me to hang back to ask, then he introduced us and I gave him my spiel. I was so surprised when he said ‘Yeah sure’, he was actually super down with it.”
Dawson kept the video under wraps for six months from his wife, Jessica — who he says listens to Ferg’s trap tunes “pretty much 24/7” — but says it was worth it.
“She was over the moon, she literally couldn’t believe it,” he says about her reaction. “The language raised a few eyebrows among the older family members who had no idea who he was but amongst our friends it was pretty huge.”
Watch Shabba bestow his Hood Pope blessing on their union below.