First and foremost I consider myself a pretty knowledgeable Hip-hop fan. Some people may call me a Hip-hop purist to my face and a snob to my back. I love old school and underground Hip-Hop (by old school I do mean the architects.) Some of the artists that have life long residency on my Ipod are Public Enemy, Afrika Bambaataa, Vinnie Paz, Jedi Mind Tricks and Chief Kamachi to name but a few (Actually I've been lucky enough to photograph Public Enemy pre Teminator X departure).
Unfortunately, I was not familiar with A$AP's work. Although, my 18 year old son Robert was and is very familiar with his music. When I informed him who I was shooting he was for lack of a better word he was a bit jealous. He actually said that he wished that he could be where I was instead of away at college.
The show was at a beautiful nightclub in the Sodo district of downtown Seattle called "Club Sur".
The artist was delayed as they usually are when they are expected to show up directly after a concert. He was basically supposed to show up the stage say a couple things, show his face and that was it. He wouldn't have it. I've been around a lot of artists but I can say that A$AP Rocky loves his fans. Although he got to the venue with only 40 minutes left in the night he takes the stage performed a handful of songs and even hung out with fans afterwards.
Also, I'll say that I do really dig the fact that the shirt he was wearing is the cover of the "Aphex Twin" album: "The many faces of Richard James." How many hip-hop cats know anything about "Aphex Twin?" He may not even know him but it's cool nonetheless.