A$AP Ferg + Murda Beatz + Heater IV @ MTelus – 18 December 2019

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A$AP Ferg at MTelus

A$AP Ferg sparked fires at MTelus on his Floor Seats album tour with support from Heater IV and Murda Beatz

The atmosphere outside the MTelus was surprisingly calm when I arrived – not what you’d expect at all before an A$AP Ferg gig and a world away from the heated, chaotic energy inside. 

This tour marks the release of A$AP Ferg’s latest studio album ‘Floor Seats’ which features collaborations with the likes of A$AP Rocky, Ty Dolla $ign and Brent Faiyaz.

Heater IV

First on stage was Heater IV – like Peter but with an H – as he reminded the audience throughout his set. Like our headliner A$AP Ferg, Heater IV originates from Harlem, New York. 

His performance was upbeat and almost theatrical, as he jumped across the stage in a glittery chainmail crop top and a huge pair of sunglasses. At moments I couldn’t help but think of Titus Andromedon from Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, in the best possible way. 

Murda Beatz 

The second support act of the night was Canadian DJ and producer Murda Beatz. Hailing from Ontario, Murda Beatz went from producing in his bedroom to working with some of the biggest names in hip hop including Drake, French Montana, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz and Travis Scott. 

If you don’t know him by name you’d definitely know him by sound, and his set was made up of chart-topping hits like Drake’s Nice for What and Travis Scott’s Butterfly Effect. 

A$AP Ferg

After a prolonged, tense build-up of music and lights, A$AP Ferg emerged on stage to chants of “A$AP, A$AP” from the crowd.

Within minutes of his performance, A$AP Ferg forced the crowd to form a mosh pit, and with each new song, he managed to turn the energy up a notch. 

Despite the high energy A$AP Ferg did not hesitate to be vulnerable and open up to his fans about his background and the experiences that formed him and his music. Mattress, for example, from his 2017 album Still Striving is inspired by his childhood growing up in Harlem.

At one point, he encouraged the entire audience to hold a light in the air in memory of A$AP Yams, and the rowdy crowd became a sea of phone lights and lighters.

It’s clear that A$AP Ferg is a born performer, with a talent for riling up a crowd and bringing them back down. 

Review – Cate Spree
Photos – Dave Jdb Gogan

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