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A$AP Rocky O2 Academy, Glasgow.

Byline: JULES BOYLE

26.05.13 A$AP Rocky is a refreshingly different kind of rap superstar.

More forward thinking than many of his peers, the New York MC is an outspoken critic of sexism and homophobia, citing a more utopian ethos than you usually hear from artists who expect to sell any records.

Not that you could make out much when he took to the stage.

Between the screams of the crowd and the brutal racket fired out by his DJ, the A$AP Rocky live experience was an all-out assault on the senses.

It was also, for the most part, quite brilliant.

There was no elaborate stage set-up, just a bank of white drapes alongside some plinths covered in white sheets, pitching him somewhere between reborn Greek god and a particularly careful painter and decorator.

The rapper bounded on stage alone for Suddenly.

Long Live A$AP followed before he slowed it down for the excellent Wassup, which saw a cascading synth melody form a euphoric backdrop to the track's languid, narcotic sludge.

Tracks like Jodye and PMW (All I Really Need) were glorious slabs of hardcore hip hop, all teeth-rattling sub bass and overlapping rhymes.

It was thrilling stuff from start to almost-finish, but he dropped the ball at the end by inviting (mainly female) fans on stage to "party" for 20 minutes as the DJ spun records. A flat ending, but still a winning performance.

JULES BOYLE
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 31, 2013
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