The article that you are about to read will challenge all of your preconceived notions of what you believed was simply an article. You are about to experience a new way to feel, perceive, and share love.
Thousands have gathered for the experience of the year. They come to see one man who has traveled across the globe to spread his message in a unique way.
He has captivated crowds since his path began. Releasing his thoughts, emotions, and life to all those who have come across him in his journey. His journey through the ultimate experience; Life.
A loading screen featuring classic black and yellow smiley faces spin around on the screen as the crowd waits in anticipation. Every second is one closer to the beginning of something new. They believe they have an understanding of what is about to happen to them, but they yet to feel it.
The arena goes dark. A simple caution symbol is now displayed on the screen. The lights slowly begin to bring the room back to life. A dense fog takes hold of the stage, if only for a moment. The words of the man they came to see begin to enter their world, yet no man is seen.
The people can feel what is happening. They realize now that they are in something completely different. Something they've never felt before at a rap concert. Something that is... real.
With the crowd, the words, and the fog setting the stage for him, he brings it all together. In a flash, he enters their sights. His presence sends the people into a frenzy. A$AP Rocky has now commenced The Injured Generation Tour.
A$AP Rocky's newest album "Testing" was the inspiration for the tour. For months, the album and videos that accompanied the music were all just trailers for the event. He planned a more intimate setting for the shows, making them more exclusive by only performing at 18 venues in less than one month.
He opened the show with the top single off of the album "A$AP Forever." Sprinting onto the stage, fully clothed with a hoodie and a ski mask on. Hiding behind the mask was an artist with a lot to say and many emotions to share.
Come fuck with the MOB, shout out to the Lords and the Gods
The fog is finally settling after a few songs and Rocky is asking the crowd if they are ready for the rules. They must follow these rules if they are to accept the experience in its totality. His goons who are joining him on stage and in the crowd are also rocking the ski masks, and it is their job to set the tone for the people and to ensure that everyone is following the rules.
You must love one another. You must smile when you are told. You must clap when you are told. And finally, you must mosh when you are told.
So he tested his crowd right away to see if they were paying attention. He performed a major banger with "Yamborghini High" to get everyone who was on the floor to dance around like some maniacs. He then followed it up with "Multiply" which consists of intense beat drops. By this time, it is certain that at least two or three kids down in the pits had some bumps and bruises.
He had the crowd in the palm of his hands. And with everyone locked in, he asked for a moment of silence in memory of his best friend A$AP Yams. Although it has been over 4 years since his passing, his name still rings on thanks to the love of his friends in the A$AP Mob.
This silence led to a change of scenery for the show. It was time for Rocky to flex a bit.
After a brief intermission, he opened his second act with the second single off of the album with "Gunz N Butter." A large sheet covered the stage fell to the floor. And behind the sheet was Rocky levitating on a floating crash test car. He is performing mid-air in front of a screen displaying him on the ride of his life, while taking the crowd on the ride of theirs.
As he is getting down from his car, he stops the music for a second. He sees two guys fighting in the crowd, and he calls for them to come to the stage. He explains to the crowd that by fighting, they are breaking the rules originally set for the show.
He made them apologize to each other, and dance with him on stage. The two kids were either drunk or on some type of drugs because they still couldn't comprehend what was happening. But once that "OG Beeper" beat dropped, all was forgiven and forgotten.
Got my first pager, that was 1998
Things were starting to get a little bit too crazy, so Rocky decided it was time to take a trip. Not like a trip down memory lane, but like an actual acid trip. More specifically, "L$D."
As he lay on the ground looking up at the ceiling, the screens displayed images that the mind could only create while on hallucinogenic drugs. The smaller screens showed the crowd watching in awe. And once he began singing to the women specifically, the stage began to get flooded with bras.
A$AP Rocky goes by many nicknames, but he said after tonight his new name would be the Lingerie Lord. And as he transitioned into the next phase of the show, all of those girls who threw those bras on stage were feeling like it wasn't enough for the Pretty Mutha Fucka.
Titties began to take control of the big screens. Big titties, little titties, saggy titties, and most likely some underage titties. You could see all of the teenage boys eyes lighting up, because it was probably the most action they were going to get that night. The Lingerie Lord encouraged the ladies to continue sharing their wealth while he continued to tear down the stage.
With everyone getting their breather with the slow songs, he ramped up the energy one last time before the night was over. He wanted the crowd to spread out and really go at it in some crazy mosh pits. With every beat drop, you assumed that someone was going to have to get stretchered out due to injury.
But the name of the tour said it all. The Injured Generation has gone through enough emotionally and mentally to prepare them for this moment. A nod to Three Six Mafia with "Slob on my Knob" really showed the age difference amongst the crowd as one could tell that at least half the kids there did not known the song, but still went crazy because they could feel the energy.
The energy was high all the way until the final song of the night. The show was ending, but A$AP never ends. As he performed "Long Live A$AP," the crowd experienced a bittersweet moment. They were thankful for the ride that he took them on, yet they did not want it to end.
As he thanked the crowd and took his final bow, the crowd chanted "A$AP! A$AP! A$AP!" He gave one final wave goodbye, and he exited the stage. All that was left was a cloud of weed smoke coming from the crowd, and a screen with the smiley face image on it again with the words "Thank you for coming!"
If you made it to the end of the show, you survived the crash test. And you can now put "A$AP" in front of your Twitter handle and pretend like you're in the MOB.