The Rocky and Tyler Tour Energizes Vancouver
By Fanny Lau
The Rocky and Tyler tour made a stop in Vancouver on Tuesday November 10th, 2015, starring co-headliners A$AP Rocky and Tyler, the Creator and supported by Vince Staples and Danny Brown.
Vince Staples was the first to hit the Pepsi Live stage, rocking a Toronto Raptors’ We The North hoody. There was a build-up of excitement in advance of Staples’ first performance in Vancouver, and he had the crowd eating out of his hand from the moment he started his set with “Lift Me Up” from his debut record Summertime ’06. Staples not only carries confidence as a performer, but also passion for current events, as he told the audience between songs – a fact that is manifested strongly within his lyrics. Known for his unique style and eclectic blend of rap, Danny Brown was next to hit the stage, kicking off his set with ‘Smokin’ and Drinkin’. By this point in the night, the arena began to feel like an indoor festival, as the floor was packed and the energy level was through the roof. Not surprisingly, all four artists on the Rocky and Tyler tour are musical festival staples, and it’s easy to see why – the audience connects deeply to the intensity of their performances.
The liveliest performer of the night was none other than co-headliner Tyler, the Creator. Rocking a pair of overalls, Tyler performed songs from his latest album, Cherry Bomb. His animated persona was brought to life onstage, as he fed off of the energy of the crowd. He was every bit as enthused as the fans, and he posted on Twitter that Vancouver was his favourite stop on the tour.
Last but not least, A$AP Rocky made his way on stage with a few members of the A$AP Mob and unveiling the only backdrop of the evening – a three-level set which also housed his DJ. One of the highlights of Rocky’s set was his performance of “L$D” – the third single off his latest release, At. Long. Last. A$AP, featured his smooth vocals layered over a series of psychedelic beats. By the end of the night, it felt like a weekend party rather than a Tuesday.
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