In our complete and unfiltered recap of Lollapalooza 2015, we didn’t go into too much detail about A$AP Rocky’s set. But that said, his performance deserves a eulogy of its own.
Although I’m not a long-time fan of hip-hop, I do attribute my introduction to A$AP Mob as the pivoting factor in my recent obsession for the genre. Other artists I’m particularly fond for include Rich Homie Quan and Childish Gambino – but as I’ve learned – talking rap can become as sensitive as debating politics.
So for now, I’ll stick to the point.
A$AP Mob is a fascinating crew of ruthless musicians. And on Day 3 of Lollapalooza Music Festival, the group’s frontman left a sizable footprint in Grant Park.
Considering its backdrop (the Midwest’s premier music festival), A$AP Rocky’s show was one of the wildest that I’ve ever witnessed. ‘Organized chaos’ would be a good way to describe it. ‘Legal rioting’ would be another.
Opening with the scandalous but sophisticated “Hella Hoes,” A$AP fired on all cylinders by playing hits like “M’s” and A$AP Ferg’s “Shabba.” The crowd also went nuts when he covered “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana and “Jump Around” by House of Pain. And about midway through the show, he even gave a controversial shot out to Chicago’s notorious rapper, Chief Keef.
In the video below, you’ll see the bedlam that occurred during the second verse of “Wild For The Night” – Rocky’s liberating collaboration with Skrillex. When he closed the set with “Fuckin’ Problems,” the crowd responded in a similar rowdy fashion.
Although his music might recommend a heavy dose of drug use and overall rebellion against society, A$AP Rocky is a brilliant and creative artist. And from what I saw on Sunday at his Lolla performance, he’s one of the most talented musicians out there.
At one point during the set, A$AP Rocky even took a second to share some wisdom with the crowd:
“Without sounding too cliché, be true to your motherfucking self…If my black ass can do it, so can you.”
In a nutshell, A$AP Rocky was spectacular. It was a violent clashing of raw emotions and irresistible tempos. It was balanced and poised, but fierce at the same time. Just to put it in writing, A$AP Rocky put on the best show of Lollapalooza 2015.
And frankly, it wasn’t even close.
P.S. If you missed him at Lollapalooza, you’re in luck. A$AP Rocky will be returning to Chicago on September 27th, one of the major stops on his recently-announced tour with Tyler, The Creator. The show will take place at Aragon Ballroom, and as you might have assumed from the rant above – I highly recommend you go.