Going out in sweatpants and a sweatshirt while wearing a full face of makeup might seem odd, but I was ready to get down on Saturday night at the Skyway Theatre with the help of A$AP Ferg, and his phenomenal openers—Murda Beatz and MadeinTYO (pronounced Made in Tokyo, for those who aren’t familiar with him). Promoting his latest album, Floor Seats that came out in August of this year, Minneapolis was only stop number nine of Ferg’s nationwide two-month tour.
The room that Skyway Theatre chose to place this show in was perfect; big enough for everyone to spread out and make the most epic of mosh pits, yet small enough to feel close to the stage no matter where you stood. The crowd that filtered into the show was as diverse as ever, probably due to Ferg’s tour featuring not only two rappers, but also a DJ/producer. Half of the people in the audience seemed to be expecting some kind of rave concert, and the other half were there to chill and vibe with the A$AP Ferg classics they know and love. Regardless of what was expected from the night, every one delivered the hype responses the performers were looking for. The fifteen-foot-tall colored lights on stage added to the intensity of the show and might have warranted an epileptic advisory considering how wild they were going.
First up was MadeinTYO, an up and coming American rapper. He opened with “I Want,” a song featuring 2 Chainz that was on his 2016 album You Are Forgiven, and got everyone ready to party as soon as his biggest hit song, “Uber Everywhere” came blaring out of the bass-heavy speakers. After only performing a select few of his own songs, MadeinTYO closed by performing “Hot Shower”— a hit off Chance the Rapper’s 2019 album, “The Big Day”—that he was featured on with DaBaby.
Immediately after MadeinTYO bid us farewell, all the lights went dark. Murda Beatz, the famous Canadian producer/DJ, came strolling out on stage to only the creepiest of intros from the song “I Got 5 On It” (feat. Michael Marshall). If you’ve seen the movie Us, you know the tune I’m referring to; chilling. Murda went off during his set and included all the certified bangers you’d expect to hear from him live. As a producer/DJ, Murda claimed the stage well; he got the crowd fired up by encouraging the formation of several mosh pits and added unexpected twists to his well-known songs to keep them fresh. The coolest moment from his set by far was playing the opening sequence from “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes and letting that fade into the chorus from “M.A.A.D City” by Kendrick Lamar. Even the security guard standing off to the side of the stage was bopping his head along to the beat.But, of course, he still made time for his most well-known songs, and even some mild madness. He brought MadeinTYO out on stage to perform “Ned Flanders” with him since they made that song together and then proceeded to bring girls from the crowd up on stage with him to be his fill-in backup dancers during a couple of the slower jams.
Even with all the craziness—from Ferg acknowledging each and every girl who flashed him, to calling out the most vocal of fans—I still think the quote of the night was, “I wish I could turn this [stage] into one big mattress,” which was, admittedly, the smoothest possible way Ferg could have chosen to introduce his song “Mattress.” What a ladies’ man. To close out the night, Ferg chose none other than “Plain Jane,” his 3x Platinum hit song that everyone knows the words to.
Major props to A$AP Ferg and his openers for a great night. If you’re located in any of the cities remaining on this tour, I highly recommend checking it out.