Amped is but one word to describe the Saturday night crowd.
Photos by Heaviest of Art, taken at the House of Blues in Anaheim on November 30th.
Just down south of where SLAYER was putting a close to their legendary career was a group of hundreds waiting to rage along with Harlem's own A$AP FERG, who is currently celebrating the successful release of his new chapter Floor Seats. As such, the House of Blues in Anaheim welcomed all to bask in the hype of the EP as Mr. Ferg came to town with a performance spanning tracks from across his existence. Needless to say, we were all in for a great night.
Southern California has experienced gloomy weather and rain for the past couple of weeks, however, it did little to stop many from arriving in time to pack the venue very early on. which provided an early glimpse of the madness to follow. With a Chanel denim bucket hat came MADEINTYO, who got things going early on.
Crowds began to gather towards the center for the Atlanta rapper's stirring performance, consisting of back to back bangers that had a few people throwing it back. The famed Uber Everywhere made an obvious appearance and had the hundreds rapping in unison, as expected wherever it plays. MADEINTYO also brought out his Atlanta cohort 24HRS for a few of their many collaborative efforts, including Cap.
BAS kept the stage hot with his trademark flow and lyricism, further cementing his role under the Dreamville banner. Bras across the stage (as pictured below) can only indicate that the hosting audience was enthusiastic about the ongoing BAS showing, which was nothing short of a vibe.
Though MURDA BEATZ was unable to perform during the West Coast dates due to scheduling conflicts, BAS held it down with conviction. It's safe to say he enjoyed the stage time as much (if not more) as the fans he stood before.
As BAS walked off stage to a cheer from the Anaheim, the time for A$AP drew shorter. The few moments of preparation had many antsy for the A$AP show to follow, including ourselves for we were eager with the camera. Soon after, stage lights lit up and so did the crowd.
FERG came firing from the jump with the Floor Seats title track, ramping up the already high bar that was set by his tour mates. Jumping ensued and the House of Blues became an entirely new entity, charged by every verse and chorus from tracks like Butt Naked and Jet Lag. The new EP is as well received in person as it is through the headphones.
Seeing as he's collaborated with MADEINTYO on Floor Seats and more, it was inevitable for A$AP to bring him back for one energizing performance of Wam and Ned Flanders, each of which had the audience rocking back and forth and waving along with the duo. Add the legendary Work (Remix) and Shabba to the MADEINTYO collab and you have yourself one explosive crowd.
Vibrant stage lights added a much needed layer of persona to the already enthralling live performance. FERG's colorful patchwork shined with every beam of light, and even more so when the rapper took it to a new level with, you guessed it, New Level. Hands waved and bodies rose to the occasion at moment's notice once this one dropped.
It's no doubt that A$AP FERG's discography was meant for the live setting. There wasn't a single moment where people remained idle or mute while A$AP stormed through his crowd-pleasing setlist. Years after his debut and FERG still commands with the same authenticity that Trap Lord brought forth. With over a dozen dates still to go, one must make it their responsibility to avoid all responsibilities getting in the way of you being at this show. Just let the below slideshow of images show you what you're missing.
The Floor Seats Tour is currently underway and making stops across the country. You can check out remaining dates below and pick up your tickets HERE.