“I just want to say, what I experienced was crazy. I’m so happy to be here right now, y’all don’t even understand. That was a scary, humbling experience, but I’m here right now. God is good.”
– asap rocky
After weeks of alarming headlines and international support from the music community. A$AP finally addressing his nearly-five week stint in a Swedish prison. The gig in Anaheim, California, marked Rocky’s first post-incarceration concert appearance. Fans swarmed to the front of the stage far ahead of the headlining rapper’s scheduled set time, anxiously awaiting his arrival.
“Free Flacko!”, “Fuck Sweden!,” and “ASAP, ASAP.”Fans yelled out awaitng his arrival.
Rocky silhouette appeared, spitting 30-second-long snippets of, “A$AP Forever” and “Gunz N Butter” behind the giant sheet, building an even deeper anticipation from the roaring crowd. Before launching into an unreleased Juicy J-collaboration, the curtain dropped, revealing Rocky and a crew of over 30 male dancers all dressed as TESTING dummies. He paused to encourage mayhem just before the Playboi Carti and Tyler The Creator assisted “Telephone Calls.”
“Man, I wish Carti was here, I wish Tyler was here, open up the f***ing mosh pit. I know this is a radio show, but I wanna see a f***ing mosh pit.”
– asap rocky
Rocky still hadn’t mentioned his legal troubles, though he threw the crowd a curveball by bringing Tyler to the stage after all. Rocky and Tyler fed off each other’s energy, moshing across the stage as fans animatedly screamed “Who that is!” along with them. At that point he finally addressed his prison experience, expressing his gratitude for freedom and his love for all who prayed for him.
“Hip-hop never looked so strong together, we’re a big, strong community.”
“When I was in Sweden, I would listen to the radio, and I would hear my brother Ferg’s song, I wanna hear that song now!”
Rocky demanded as Ferg graced the stage for his new single and a blend of “Work,” “Plain Jane,” “No Limit,” and more. “Open that b***h up!” and warning “girls with freshly painted toenails” and “punk a** boys” to move aside. His masked stage mates then hopped into the center of the crowd to make space for the havoc, as a several-minute-long “mosh pit tutorial” played on the big screens.
“I’m so happy to be here. I know y’all was praying for me, I’m not guilty ’n shit, but I’ll need y’all to keep praying for me. I get the verdict on Wednesday, hopefully I don’t go back to jail,I got nothing against Swedish people. When I was locked up, it was Swedish people protesting outside the jails for me, standing up for me.”
– asap rocky
“Yamborghini High” was the closing track, for which Rocky was joined by Nast, Ferg, and other entourage members. “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2,” reengaging fans for a “Lord, Pretty, Flacko, Jodye” chant, which served as the soundtrack for the newly-freed artists walk off.