There was barely enough room to twerk at the Belmont on Tuesday night. A$AP Ferg and the rest of A$AP Mob hit the stage and invited everyone to join the mosh pit. Unfortunately, there was no Wall of Death, but the pogo-ing and excitedness of A$AP-fans throughout the show marked the rock’n’roll-level of stardom that these hip-hop artists have managed to reach.
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“This here ain’t a concert, it’s a mutherfukkin party,” was Ferg’s description of the night, as he and the Mob invited self-described “bitches” onstage to shake what their mommas gave ’em, culminating in a twerk-off to “Ocho Cinco“, which is now my personal booty-shaking song. Ferg dropped his obvious hits “Shabba” and “Work” off Trap Lord, , but gave plenty of time for the rest of the Mob to show off, impressing the crowd with some real lyrical talent and original verses. This rap collective has just the right mix of gangsta swag and marketing prowess to be recognized as legitimate rappers, even while making big hits.
Hosted by greasy local celebrity/trap-music DJ Tommy Kruise, and set up by local promoters Saintwoods – who have their finger on Montreal’s pulse now, more than ever before – this sweat-fest also featured The Posterz, who dropped their debut EP just five weeks ago. These boys are sitting on a powder keg, set to explode any minute – ending their set with Tommy Kruise joining in on the party ‘n’ going wild, you’re going to be hearing a lot from these boys in the near future.
Filling out the rest of the bill for the Turnt X Burnt tour were Cali rapper 100s, and Florida’s Joey Fatts and Aston Matthews. Along with DJ/Host Overdoz, these boys kept the crowd’s energy-level at a maximum, with Fatts showing that he’s got some serious lyrical skills in addition to being the producer behind Long.Live.A$AP. Throwing this much talent into the evening left no time to be bored or grab a smoke break, never mind trying to line-up for coat-check at the end of the evening. The result of the night was that steam, smoke, and people were still leaking out of the Belmont 30 minutes after the show.
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