MANCHESTER, Tennessee — A$AP Rocky had the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival getting down Sunday night, as the Harlem rapper deftly presented cuts from his 2013 smash debut, Long. Live. ASAP.
Starting off with the album’s title track, he announced, “I came to party … Welcome to my world.” Lead single “Goldie” and “PMW (All I Really Need)” also represented the release, and A$AP went back to his 2011 mixtape, Live. Love. ASAP, for “Peso,” “Purple Swag” and “Brand New Guy.”
The 24-year-old has his bravado down, proclaiming, “You’re stoked for one of the best shows you’re gonna see at this festival.”
A$AP invited a few dozen fans onstage to share his view, bouncing “F—in’ Problems” and leading the crowd in a “Long live A$AP” chant.
“Work (Remix)” closed out the set, as the rapper expressed his gratitude: “Thank you, world. Peace.”
Earlier Sunday, back-to-back sets from rappers Macklemore and Kendrick Lamar had the main stage bouncing.
On Saturday, R. Kelly brought his sexed-up soul to the farm with a perfect blend of feel-good party jams and gut-wrenching ballads, including his “I Believe I Can Fly” closer, backed by a robed choir.
Also Saturday at Bonnaroo, Jack Johnson filled in for Mumford & Sons , who canceled their appearance after bassist Ted Dwane had surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain. Earlier in the day, Nas and Bjork held it down on the main stage.
On Friday, the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Solange, Schoolboy Q and Chad Hugo of the Neptunes joined forces for a “Superjam,” showing off their skills as Boston band Lettuce, featuring a tight horn section, brought the funk.
Twenty One Pilots got Bonnaroo revved up for the weekend Thursday with the off-the-charts pep of their opening-day set.
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