A$AP Ferg at the Novo

A$AP Ferg’s 31-city Mad Man Tour began late February and has been selling out venues ever since. I had the opportunity to catch him at the Novo DTLA in Los Angeles while on spring break.

Rapper IDK opened the show, performing his whole set with a slightly unsettling Ronald Reagan mask covering his head. With his punchy lyrics and striking appearance, he got the crowd sufficiently amped for the next opener, Carol City rapper Denzel Curry. Curry is notorious for his high-energy, quick-witted verses, and his stage presence was no different. Halfway through his set, he jumped into the pit and ended up performing the rest of his music while crowd surfing. My favorite part of his set was when IDK joined him to perform his song “No Wave,” which Curry is featured on.

Illustrator: Jaye Ahn

A$AP Ferg’s set opened with a dramatic light display as the Hamilton Heights rapper jumped on stage in a blinding all-white outfit. His set was mostly focused on “Still Striving,” his latest album release, but he covered other bits of his discography as well. Ferg’s stage presence can only be described as powerful. He has the ability to hype people up and then make the whole crowd quiet down and listen closely. He really showcased his talent as a solo rapper, as he was the only one on stage for most of his set. Ferg’s final song was “Plain Jane,” his highest charting single to date; the whole crowd voiced along, never missing a word.