A$AP Nast, The Button Factory

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Dah Jevu opened the proceedings with a new setup that we haven’t seen from them recently. They have ditched the live band in favour of turntables and it does wonders for the show. With both emcees sounding a lot clearer on the mike, it allows them to take centre stage and hold themselves like they own it. They bring out two other local artists to perform their own tracks for the crowd. It’s admirable to see that they are not too caught up in themselves to share their moment with some lesser known acts.

During the course of the headline set, A$AP Nast tell us how some people initially doubted his ability to put on an international tour with such a little amount of released solo material. While he does prove these people wrong by putting on an excellent show, when you start to dissect just how many of the songs performed are actually his, is when you start noticing holes in the set.

There is a few too many tracks dropped that have nothing to do with Nast other than they fall under the A$AP banner also. You cannot deny his close connection to the tracks or the massive reaction they receive, but you still get the impression that they are a necessity to the set list.

The most pit set up by the hype man causes a chaotic, but controlled moment. As bodies thrash off one another, Nast looks on at the ruckus with pride. He is humbled by the reception and the love shown, but not enough to stop his confidence from being evident with every movement he makes. He may not hit every note, or even seem bothered to do so, but he pumps every ounce of energy he has into each song.

It’s definitely not the most perfect show I’ve ever seen. However, there’s a lack of artists that fall into Nast’s category performing in Ireland. This made the gig feel needed for a group of fans whose needs aren’t necessarily as catered to as the old school hip hop fans are in this country. It’s definitely not a complaint on my part about the bookings made in Dublin, but you can feel the appreciation in the room for a new sound that has been evolving in rap music for the past 6 years.