A$AP Rocky and Tyler, the Creator Put On The Concert of The Year


Christian Santiago

A$AP Rocky brings out the A$AP Mob on stage in San Francisco.

Christian Santiago, Staff Writer

This is the lineup that would have made middle-school me lose my mind. In the great year of 2011, Danny Brown released XXX , A$AP Rocky released Live.Love.A$AP, and Tyler, the Creator released Goblin. All of these albums made these rappers super stars in the hip-hop world, and they finally came together for a show that was hyped up from start to finish. On Nov 15th, the Rocky and Tyler Tour came to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco for the concert of the year.

The show started with newcomer Vince Staples, who got everybody moving from the start. His set was short, only about 30 minutes, but he made the most of it. He started with the opening track from his Summer ‘06 album, “Lift Me Up.” Then he went into tracks from his earlier mixtapes, and ended with the classics “Norf Norf “and “Señorita.” He’s coming back in March, and, if you like conscience rap with a hint of gangsta, definitely go see Vince.

Now while I like Danny Brown, Tyler, the Creator and A$AP Rocky, I feel like their newest releases weren’t as good as the previous ones. Don’t get me wrong, I loved A.L.L.A., Cherry Bomb and Old, but I feel they weren’t as consistent as their older material. That being said, Danny only played most songs from Old. They were better live than listening to by yourself. The electro-dubstep feel to the songs is perfect for large venues. Danny only played one song from XXX, the underground hit “Lie4”, but honestly that was fine. He still performed his heart out and got the people standing still moving.

I’m not going to lie, I tried rapping with Tyler again. This was my sixth time seeing him live, so nothing was really new for me. Of course he was great, coming to the show literally 20 minutes after he got off a plane. He was mainly talking about his Camp FlogGnaw Carnival, an annual festival Tyler hosts every year in LA, that he held the previous day, which had an attendance of 30,000 people. The main difference from his set and the others were that more people were moshing around then listening to the music. Which makes sense: he’s known as an angry rapper. It was just annoying. But still Tyler always puts on a hell of a show, and as always he delivered.

A$AP Rocky. What more is there to say? He absolutely murdered the stage. While playing mostly songs off A.L.L.A., like Danny, it didn’t seem to matter. I have never seen that many people jump around then when “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2” started. His entire set had highlights throughout, from him bringing fans on stage to dance to “Shabba”, to him finishing his set with a freestyle of Tyler, The Creator’s “Yonkers”. But the absolute best moment of the show, however, wasn’t A$AP Rocky. It was when he brought the Based God himself, Lil B, to perform his classic song “Like A Martian.” This was definitely the concert of the year, and it makes me sad that it was the last show of the tour. Because I would pay to see it all again.