Tyler, The Creator gets nasty; A$AP Rocky pulls out quick in Vancouver
Vancouver, BC – Originally published Nov. 11, 2015 – A$AP Rocky and Tyler the Creator on tour together is a force to be reckoned with. With the A$AP Mob and Odd Future crews combining squads and setting out on tour, the Rocky And Tyler Tour is a boys club of pure energy and entertainment. The tour hit Vancouver’s Rogers Arena this week presented by Live Nation.
If the Mob x Golf Wang collab isn’t heavy enough the addition of Danny Brown and Vince Staples gave the show an extra bit of rap diversity, catering to a wide variety of audiences. Although a majority of screaming under-agers covered the floor, Vince Staples introduced his cutthroat style to the Vancity crowd proving his Freshman worth injecting tracks from Summertime ’06 into the ears of the youth. His skilled lyricsim may have gone over their heads, but those who were knowing definitely caught the vibe.
Danny Brown’s larger than life presence took over immediately and he wasted no time getting into his signature brand of razor-sharp party raps. Like a fully turnt up Roger Rabbit on molly DB has a way of charming a crowd in the weirdest feeling way. He’s endearing, kinda sweet and ruggedly raps his fucking tongue off. A few shy giggles in between songs and Brown had all the love directed his way making the crowd chant lyrics to Old tracks like “Dip” and “25 Bucks”.
Immediately stepping on-stage with his OF clique – Taco and Jasper – Tyler, the Creator asked the crowd take a minute get their pictures taken care of because he demanded full attention from the jump – “Get it over with ’cause I want everybody to jump to this song”. His brash, straight-up sense of humour borders on reaching for some questionable LOLs but Tyler is a born frontman and set a Cherry Bomb of explosion from the minute he walked on-stage. He’s fucking wild; not everyone’s cup of tea but a seasoned entertainer to the fullest. Making mention of who has “nice titts” within sight Tyler may have verbally groped the audience but he put in close to an hour of solid work with full stamina.
Pretty Flacko stepped on-stage looking cozy boy under a hoodie and plaid jacket. His braids were pulled back, gold fronts in tact and Rocky was looking like the man who invented swag. He had a full tiered stage-set up with the Mob, Twelvey, Nast and YG Addie right by his side, paying respects to fallen A$AP head, Yams right from the jump.
Rocky’s set was like how you could imagine he runs game. He comes in smooth, low key, looking fly but not flexing. He works you slowly and gives you a little bit of what you want to hear, but not too much, just the right amount to have you hooked from the beginning. Then when he has you in the palm of his hands he gets his friends to join in, they all go hard, then he bounces and leaves you like “what the fuck just happened?” A sheer 35-minute set that was perfectly captivating but not nearly as long as the crowd was thirsting for. He loved hard and then left.
Mostly tracks from At.Long.Last.A$AP covered the set list with the addition of “Hella Hoes” and “Shabba”. Points of note: Rocky held it down with “L$D”, voice on point, melodically crooning his way into everyone’s Snapchat story. Honourable mention goes to “M$” with fake US dollars shooting from the side stage. So G.
Short and sweet, Rocky gave it his all and banged it out hard but he left something to be desired. His confidence and ability shows that he’s is heading into rap legend status, so you can take it or leave it, but he knows you’ll probably take it.
Special thanks to Live Nation, Timbre Concerts and Roger’s Arena
Written by Kasskills for HipHopCanada
Photography by Jamie Sands & Kasskills for HipHopCanada