Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Fox Theater, Oakland
Better than: Anything else you could do on a Wednesday night. Where were you!?
Bouncing around on a stage draped in camouflage nets with the rest of the A$AP mob, A$AP Rocky
wore a bright white army-like vest in front of a giant banner depicting that iconic scene of Marines raising an American flag at Iwo Jima -- but this time the flag was upside down and backwards.
"We're fighting a war to be understood," Rocky explained, while gesturing to his outfit.
But last night, to everyone's surprise, A$AP Rocky would have some local rap heroes as his allies.
"I know where I'm at," Rocky told the Oakland crowd at the Fox Theater before introducing his first of two surprise guests -- Too $hort.
As the beat to "Blow The Whistle" hit the PA and Too $hort made his way out from the back, a bellowing roar came from the crowd. Arms flailed, people danced, and minds (even more so than whistles) were blown as the A$AP Mob joined the Oakland rap legend in the delivery of his biggest hit.
The local crowd sang along to every word, and exploded in unison when the beat dropped for the line, "Bitch! Why you gotta say it like Short?"
After the song, A$AP Rocky brought Too Short to the center of the stage to thank him and explain what an honor it was to share the stage with him. But just as everyone began to think that was the end, Yay Area lingo-creator E-40 came out and went right into "Function."
If the reaction to Too Short was crazy, then what E-40 got was just insane. These fans truly loved E-40, and they showed it with their enthusiasm for everyone word he was spitting. After Earl finished up his piece, he and Too Short did their new song, "Dump Truck," the first single from their new double album, out Nov. 6th.
That's right, as if the Mob weren't enough back him up in this war, A$AP Rocky decided to take it one step further and create a full-fledged coalition of the rappin'. With all these guys doing their thing in one place, there was enough testosterone on stage to strip everyone in a thousand-mile radius of their Tour de France titles.
And if their testosterone wasn't off the charts, you could certainly get
them for "doping," as just about every performer of the night, smoked
weed on stage as if it was a performance-enhancing drug.
Naturally, the amount of organic masculinity these men were putting off was too much for some ladies to handle, so wouldn't you know it -- some panties were thrown on stage. At first A$AP Rocky said "Oh! Some panties!" and picked them up, but after closer inspection he was disappointed in what he found.
"Ah man, these are some crusty panties. Now I've got cooties!" he said before tossing them away from him.
A$AP Mob didn't just count on the local stars to generate crowd energy. The group was charismatic and exciting to watch throughout the whole show. There were stage-dives, mosh pits, conversations between members of the Mob that lead right into songs, prayer sessions, and voice-over narration giving us some insight into the history and purpose of this Harlem-born crew.
The supporting acts, Schoolboy Q and Danny Brown, also had some tricks up their sleeve. The crowd lost it when Schoolboy Q had Kendrick Lamar run out from the back and do "ADHD," "Backseat Freestyle," and "Fuckin' Problems."
There had been rumors and speculation that Lamar would make an appearance, because he had a show early at Rasputin to promote his new album.
Most wars are, well, kind of lame. This one? This one was off the chain. To the victors go the spoils. At this show, anyone who had a ticket was a victor.
Schoolboy Q's bodyguard is soooooo sick. He is this big buff guy who wears all black and has a white towel around his neck that he holds onto. He stood on the side of the stage whenever Schoolboy was on stage and just looked TUFF. I wish I had a bodyguard like this. Or even better, I wish I WAS a body guard like this.By the way:
A$AP Rocky spent a decent amount of time trying to find a pretty girl in the crowd, only to ask her if she wanted to "suck [his] cockiness."
By the way:
Some of the best reactions of the night came in between sets, when they played 2 Chainz over the PA. During his verse in "Mercy" the whole venue was singing along and dancing to the track.