A$AP Paints Vancity Purple [Live Review]
Vancouver, BC – Living North of America has often made it difficult for us to see our deserved amount of musical entertainment. Especially when a bus full of rowdy rappers tries to make it across the border all at once. A$AP Rocky was determined not to let his Vancouver date head into cancellation, after issues crossing from the East caused him to cancel his Toronto and Montreal dates. On tour with Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q and the whole A$AP Mob on the LONGLIVEA$AP Tour, Rocky was forced to leave behind a few as he made his way into Vancouver to an enthusiastic bunch of all ages that packed in the sold-out Vogue Theatre this Saturday night.
Rocky did not waste any time. The young MC jumped on stage like a firecracker, wild’n out and crowd surfing before the end of his first track. His background stage décor had a group of soldiers holding an upside down American flag – which he explained “represents the battle we be fighting”. Putting the crowd into a purple haze with violet lighting, “Wassup” had the room singing along to every word of the melodic hook. LIVELOVEA$AP tracks were definitely crowd favorites as Rocky professed his love for all things purple – purple weed, purple drank – then finished off “Purple Swag” by cutting the beat and singing “everything is purple” like a slightly creeping lullaby. The crowd was definitely captivated and far from sleeply which encouraged a little heartfelt-ish love story of a “trill bitch” Rocky once loved and who inspired “Purple Kisses”.
Breaking up the evening with a set of interludes, Rocky brought out Ferg and Twelvy for a partial A$AP Mob party. “Work” led the Mob to wish A$AP Ferg a happy birthday which eventually had the whole room singing the HBD song. “Man, Detroit never sang to me on my birthday” Rocky recalls. Although the whole tour wasn’t in full effect, tracks like “Coke And White Bitches”, “Brand New Guys” and “Hands On The Wheel” were partially played, almost making up for the potentially epic performance that could have been if Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q were to jump on stage to spit their own verses.
Rocky’s confidence is obvious – he’s at the top of his game – but he remained grateful to be satisfying his Canadian fans, thanking the crowd and apologizing repeatedly for the issues crossing the border: “I guess we gonna have to turn it up times 2!” “Goldie” had the crowd going bananas and by the time favs like “Trilla” and “Get Lit” were dropped, the spot was mos def turned up times 2. Flacko had to pause to drop a little rant on a topic, which clearly weighs on his mind. “I hate racism, man. I just had to say something about that” and as he closed the show with “Peso” and 4 semi-bad bitches on stage, the crowd was feeling the hype and craving more. A rowdy and smoked show by a live pretty muther fucker – what more could you ask for? The night came to a close and the boys picked their favorite pretty white girl from the crowd and left the stage. A rap show just the way it’s supposed to be done.
Review by KassKills for HipHopCanada
Photos by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada