A$AP Ferg Makes VIBE’s Fresh Empire Event A Night To Remember
“This is a different kind of show tonight. Can I party with y’all?” A$AP Ferg, wearing a black hoodie, was asking the audience for support on Sunday night. He was already about 20 minutes into an energetic set that included radio hits and a crowd of kids who were following his every move, but as his Always Strive And Prosper hit single says, he was ready to take the show to a new level.
Teens packed The Studio at Webster Hall, an intimate underground venue that sits beneath the historic concert hall and nightclub in New York City’s East Village. DJ Whutever and DJ Boof played special high-energy sets to get the crowd turned up, as concertgoers jumped, danced and had a Milly Rock contest onstage. Attendees were welcomed to go to the back of the venue to take in a Fresh Empire experience that educated them about the health risks of smoking cigarettes — decreasing life expectancy, increasing stress, and bad breath — while arming them with free gear like T-shirts, hats, wristbands, backpacks and rally towels. A lucky five participants also won a meet-and-greet with A$AP Ferg after his set.
After beginning his set with “A Hundred Million Roses,” Ferg brought his Aunt Kim and the late A$AP Yams’ mother Tatiana Paulino onto the stage. “They have to see what we created,” Ferg announced. From there, the Harlem-bred Trap Lord raised the concert’s energy to another level, running through a string of his hit songs, album cuts and fan favorites like “Let It Bang,” “Hungry Ham,” “Work,” and “F*** Out My Face.” Midway through his performance, Ferg showed his gratitude for having young, energetic fans and for being back in his stomping grounds of New York City after a busy year on the road.
“I love y’all like y’all are my kids. I’ve never missed a show. That’s how devoted I am to y’all. I just came off of a five-tour run. I’m so happy to be in New York City,” he said. “I don’t care if I’m sick, or if I’m in my bed. Or, if I’m sick, I’d invite y’all to my house to party with me!”
The audience returned the love: they jumped up and down for every song, crowd surfed, and mosh pitted. Impressed by a teenage girl who kept up with the mayhem, he brought her up on stage and saluted her in front of the crowd before letting her continue to watch the show. Attendees who couldn’t handle the fracas had to get out of the way. “Feel free to mosh pit and crowd surf,” Ferg said. “If you don’t want to mosh pit, don’t come to an A$AP Ferg show. We’re gonna have fun tonight,” he said, before leaping into the crowd to join in on the fun. Ending the show with bangers “Shabba” and “New Level,” A$AP Ferg made Sunday’s show a night for him and his fans to remember.