By Lauren Hernandez
A$AP Ferg came to East Stroudsburg’s campus on Friday, April 20. The Campus Activities Board (CAB) planned and ran the event.
Doors opened around 7:15 p.m., and all types of students starting walking in. The crowd was very diverse, but everyone had one thing in common—they wanted to see A$AP.
DJ Jibbs opened the stage. He played music for the incoming crowd until around 8:30 p.m.
DJ Jibbs played hits to get the crowd hyped up for the show. He played songs like “God’s Plan” by Drake, “HUMBLE” by Kendrick Lamar, and “Walk It Talk It” by Migos.
The direct support opener, Grand Khalid, kept the crowd’s energy. He’s a local rapper that had the support of ESU students throughout his performance.
He played all original songs, with the exception of “God’s Plan,” and kept the crowd entertained. During the first song, he had dancers who appeared to be ESU students.
During his last song, he had a sort of entourage come out and support him.
He was having a lot of fun on stage, and the crowd was giving positive feedback.
“I thought he was pretty cool,” said Devon Ellis, a non-student that attended the show. “He seems to really enjoy his own music, and I think that’s a really important quality.”
Hundreds of students waited anxiously for A$AP’s arrival. Around 9:15, the rapper opened with “Trap and a Dream,” and the crowd went wild.
A$AP was dressed in a pink bubble coat with a black t-shirt and black pants. The coat didn’t last very long as he began dripping sweat. The crowd gave back every bit of energy he exerted.
A$AP took a moment to pay a tribute to A$AP Yams, a member of the A$AP Mob that passed due to a drug overdose in 2015. He had the crowd scream “Rest in Peace A$AP Yams.”
Ferg continued on to play hits like “East Coast” and “Work.” He stopped to take a moment and thank the crowd for coming.
He acknowledged that he never sees his mom or any of his family due to being on tour for months at a time, and then he called the crowd his family.
After this he said he was going to “take it back to a classic.” The crowd started chanting “SHABBA” over and over. Ferg looked at his DJ and as soon as “Shabba” kicked in, the crowd went crazy.
Hands were in the air, people were jumping and dancing. You couldn’t hear A$AP anymore, only the crowd. The party didn’t stop there.
Ferg closed the concert with his biggest hits, “New Level” and “Plain Jane,” which just went double platinum.
The crowd knew every word to the last two songs, and A$AP had a giant smile on his face. “Plain Jane” concluded, A$AP thanked everyone for coming, and hundreds of people poured out of the Rec Center.
The Sherman Theater provided the stage and set up, and Theta Chi worked as security.
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