News: A$AP Rocky Gets Rocked, Beer-Tossing Incident Sparks SXSW Violence

Sunday, Mar 18, 2012 9:33AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Harlem rap newcomer A$AP Rocky found himself entangled in a physical altercation Sunday (March 18) morning after a fight broke out at the annual South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.

Details of what went down landed online hours after the short-lived riot.

A brawl broke out between Harlem rapper ASAP Rocky and his crew against a drunken crowd at a Vice party around 3:30AM Sunday morning, ending the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas, with a small eruption of violence for the second year in a row. The last of perhaps one too many A$AP Rocky gigs began with their usual antagonistic, punk rock-styled antics, including slam-dancing, stage-diving, crowd-surfing and spitting, during a late-night concert in a downtown warehouse venue. But all that intensity finally took a turn for the worst, as it did in 2011 when irate fans denied entry to a SXSW reunion concert by Toronto hard rock duo DFA1979 broke out into a riot. (Spinner)

As the story goes, tensions flared after an A$AP group member had beer thrown at him on stage.

Despite angry yelling from both sides, Rocky tried to defuse the situation and seemed on the verge of pulling it off -- until someone threw another beer can at the rapper. At this point, Rocky warned against throwing anything onstage other than water or there would be consequences. When that was followed by more stuff being thrown, Rocky and his crew leapt into the crowd, fists flying. Most of the audience scrambled to get out of the way, but several men mixed it up with the rappers as a full-blown brawl ensued for several minutes. At least one audience person had a gash on his head from the fight. Eventually, security managed to clear the room and the police arrived to shut the party down. (Spinner)

Additional accounts suggested beer-tossing ultimately sparked the havoc.

I've never seen a more ridiculous show. The "A$AP Mob", as the rapper and his crew are called, lugged bottles of Courvoisier and chain-smoked fat spliffs on stage. Their leader appeared sharp and performed well, often crowd surfing to delight. A bit of trouble started again in the audience but A$AP Rocky noticed and started talking about LOVE. Song. Bloody shirt guy gets hit again, by a mob member who looked like he was banging a hard boiled egg. Song. Can thrown on stage. Warning. Cup of liquid thrown on stage. CHAOS. The group charged down into the crowd and a vicious riot and punch-up ensued. As far as I know no one got seriously hurt but it went on for while. I was in the middle of it briefly and it was no picnic. The police quickly turned up and shut the whole party down before the final band Fidlar could play, four hours before it was due to end. (The Telegraph)

Recently, Rocky spoke on learning stage presence and crowd control courtesy of touring with platinum-selling rapper Drake.

"I learned how to, you know, like gain confidence, stage presence," Rocky revealed in an interview when asked what he has taken from touring alongside Drake. "Because honestly, before all of this, I honestly was partying with the crowd. It really wasn't me doing a show, it was actually me just performing. It's a difference because now I put on an actual show." (MTV's Buzzworthy)

Check out a recent A$AP Rocky interview below:

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