From the onset, Rocky made clear he was forgoing a traditional listening party. “This ain’t no show, man,” he proclaimed. “This ain’t no show, it’s a fucking experience.” Between rapping along to his tracks and calling for mosh pits, Rocky repeatedly asked fans to “listen closely” to the songs instead of just attending his event to get “fucked up.”
“Feel free to party, feel free to get drinks and smoke weed,” he offered before he introduced the Puff Daddy-featuring track “Tony Tone.” Over a menacing beat and hard-hitting drums, Rocky and Puff sound off on their haters, rapping, “I can tell if I could give a fuck about a list, ya heard?/I could give a fuck about a diss, ya heard?/I could give a fuck about your clique, ya heard?/Shut the fuck up 'fore I rock your bitch, ya heard?”
He paused to place emphasis on his particular verse: “My mama named me/My papa gave me cock to take a piss with/To fuck ya bitch with/Life is different for me, that's instance,” he said, telling the crowd, “I need y’all need to listen.”
“Sometimes when you young and shit and successful and shit, you miss out on a lot of things,” Rocky said at one point, adding that it’s important to “acknowledge flaws.” For TESTING, Rocky piled on the features, like the haunting trap banger “Fukk Sleep” featuring FWA Twigs and the twerk-inducing “Praise The Lord (Da Shine)” featuring UK rapper Skepta, a song Rocky admitted he created while he “high off mushrooms and LSD all night."
Another standout on the album was the Kodak Black-starring "CALLDROPS," which Rocky said he had to call the imprisoned rapper from hail in order to get the feature. "I want y'all to feel the pain on this song," he added. "This is a very mature album. This album should've been called Testing Vulnerability because I'm just giving y'all my vulnerable site and there's no holding back." "CALLDROPS" started off with a sparse, eerie sound moving behind Rocky's hushed, solemn voice and then a muffled audio clip of Kodak singing through the prison phone is heard. Rocky only wallows in sadness for a brief moment and then jumps right back into a partying mood with "Buck Shots."
Rocky ended the show by inviting a phalanx of his friends and A$AP Mob crew members on stage for assistance on "Hun43rd." Sans his collaborator, Dev Hynes (who also produced the track), Rocky's entourage and the crowd helped the man of the hour put an exclamation point on his rousing performance, leaving fans pining for an extended show.
Check out footage from the night and stream A$AP Rocky's new album below.