“This is not an ASAP Rocky Show, this is the ASAP Rocky Mother F*ckin Party N*ggas” Brixton Academy May 2013

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The air was thick with the sweet smell of mary jane.  The Brixton Academy crowd was hungry to see A$AP.  White sheets hung flapping around the empty stage while Kendrick Lamar beats were played out.  We were all waiting patiently for 24 year old Harlem rapper, A$AP Rocky and his mob to get up on stage and spit some lines.  After a silence the heavy beats dropped and the young rapper took to the stage for one hell of an intro to the show and as the lights pierced through the smokey haze the mob went straight in with ‘Suddenly’.

A$AP Rocky is an amazing performer – he literally hit every beat spot on and blew the album out of the water.  The playlist for the night included ‘Suddenly’,  ‘Long Live ASAP’ , ‘Whassup‘ , ‘ Angels’ , ‘Wild for the Night’ , ‘Pretty flacko’ , ‘Trilla’, ‘Goldie’, ‘Fuckin Problems‘ & ‘Peso’.

During his intro to ‘Purple Swag’ the rapper addressed the crowd with his expectations for the night saying “I want you to know, they called me here to perform today, but I came here to party tonight.  This is not an ASAP ROCKY show, this is the ASAP ROCKY mother fucking party niggas!  I wanna see crowd surfing, I wanna see mosh spinnin, I wanna see slam dancing, I wanna see bitches with their titties out…..I wanna see some weed smoking…

A$AP definately ran the show true to his word despite security’s attempt to stop him.  He himself got into the crowd (and afterwards complained on the mic that a girl had got a little too personal with his privates), he crowd surfed, he got fans up onstage – he got properly involved.  There was no ego, no attitude, no self-ritiousness – he was 100% committed to the night and the crowd.  At one point during the night he asked for all the girls to come to the front of the academy so he could choose the prettiest ones to get up on stage – only to humiliate them after about 8 seconds of dancing telling them to get the hell off cause their dancing wasnt up to scratch!

The performance ended at around 10.30pm – making it feel like a very short performance. I guess he ‘ended on a high’ which is not a bad thing. All in all a class act, from the minimal white stage lit up with chandelier and purple lights, to the totally engulfing beat, all orchestrated by a seriously talented young rapper. I know tonights show is completely sold out – those lucky enough to have tickets, you will not be dissapointed!

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