A$AP Rocky does pretty much what the fuck he wants in Vancouver
At the Vogue Theatre on Saturday, October 20
There was a lot of talk that Harlem-born rapper-on-the-rise A$AP Rocky wasn’t going to make it to the Vogue Theatre on Saturday. The 24-year-old MC and his backing crew, A$AP Mob, cancelled their recent eastern Canada dates due to border issues. Add the fact that Danny Brown and SchoolBoyQ (who were both scheduled to open in Vancouver) announced earlier in the week that they were not showing up, and a no-show seemed plausible.
So, when A$AP Rocky blew onto the stage just after his scheduled show time (how weird is that for a rap show?), the sold-out house of Brooke Candy lookalikes and coked-up fanboys burst. Rapping his way across a war-themed stage, in an "A$AP RSVP" jacket, his gold teeth catching the spotlights, Rocky was all charm and energy. He stage dove at the end of the first song, bouncing back to the stage like a rubber ball, and then pumped his arms.
"They kicked us out the border 500 times this year," he announced after apologizing for the absence of nearly half the A$AP Mob, Danny Brown, and ScHoolboy Q, and then burst into "Wassup".
A$AP Rocky has yet to release an official studio album. But that's how fame works today. It's informal. It's DIY. What matters is reputation, word of mouth, and a bunch of good videos that blow up the Internet and the man born Rakim Mayers has got all this. A fan-released compilation of his YouTube tracks, titled Deep Purple is what brought him to the attention RCA Records, who offered him a reported $3 million record deal. His debut, LongLiveA$AP, is scheduled to be released this Halloween.
During his set, A$AP Rocky proved that he is worth millions. He's ridiculously charming and has a goofy-yet-sexualized star quality that attracts everyone around him. Dudes think he's cool. Girls want to fuck him.
"I wrote this next song when I was involved with this female, she would roll my weed," he mumbled before going into his hit "Purple Swag", that followed by "Purple Kisses".
A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg bounced around a stage that included camouflage netting and that famous shot of flag-waving American troops at Iwo Jima. Hits like "Work" and "Thuggin Noise" sounded full and scrappy. When the rapper revealed it was Ferg's birthday, the crowd immediately sang for him without being asked.
A$AP Rocky and his crew played unreleased songs, asked the crowd about "tuna-fish weed", played "Coke and White Bitches" with Danny Brown's part pumping through the MacBook. They also chucked out T-shirts, demanded mosh pits, and brought handpicked hot chicks up on stage to grind with the Mob members.
A$AP Rocky was young, cool and overtly confident. He singled out a 22-year-old girl from the audience and asked her to "suck his cockus" then giggled to himself. Star power. Do whatever the fuck you want. He sucked on joints and smiled, his mouth full of gold. It was easy to watch.
"I'm on a beautiful cloud right now," the MC said before going into a speech about where he'd be without his career and the importance of stopping racism. "We all purple people."
The night ended with "Peso" the breakthrough track that brought A$AP Rocky to the attention of New York hip-hip radio. The MC left a seemingly satisfied crowd hollering his name as the Stooges’ "I Wanna Be Your Dog" played out from his DJ's setup. An odd choice for an exit? Not really when you do whatever the fuck you want.