Last week, J Scott and A$AP Lou, otherwise known as the duo Cozy Boys, tour DJs for the almighty A$AP Mob, embarked on a five-city leg of their Asian tour. Understandably, the hype surged to feverish levels when it was announced that they were going to bless the decks at Cherry Discotheque. As far as sweaty, banger-heavy club outings go, their set last Saturday was most definitely one for the memories.
Pulling up to the club, you might have mistaken it for a campout for Kanye West’s ever-popular Yeezy sneakers – that’s how long the queue was. The crowd came prepared to flex, decked out in brands commonly associated with the A$AP Mob such as VLONE, Guess and Raf Simmons. It was inspiring to be present at a venue where like-minded people gathered, representing the culture with the same taste in music, clothing, and lifestyle.
That’s why it was more than apt, when, standing beneath a massive “A$AP Worldwide” backdrop, A$AP Lou opened his set with “Magnolia”, by one of rap’s current youth-favourites, Playboi Carti. It’s safe to say everyone knew how to ‘Milly Rock’ to that. The energy level was set to the default of turnt, mostly because of the stream of club-crushing hits that unspooled from the speakers. Picture everyone in the club rapping word-for-word to Future’s “Mask Off”, A$AP Rocky’s “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2”, XXXTENTACION’s “Look at Me” and Skepta’s “Shutdown”.
Midway, roles were switched as J Scott hopped on the decks and A$AP Lou took over mic duties. The partnership between the duo was seamless – in either configuration, they knew exactly how to hold the crowd in their thrall. And with Singapore being the last stop of the tour, the duo clearly wasn’t holding anything back. At one point, A$AP Lou hopped on the console, hyping the crowd while drinking straight from a bottle as J Scott continued churning out the anthems.
Props must definitely be given to FVDER and Drem, who threw down great support sets. Their presence that night was a loud and proud testimony of the unifying power of hip-hop. Besides that, the night was also significant for being a moment when the kids representing the new school hip-hop era came out and partied in force to the music they love. With everything that’s going on in the world at the moment, it was great to be in the midst of such good sounds and vibes. The message, as it were, was obvious: Always Strive and Prosper.
Photography by Gabriel Tan (@Gabetan).