Every rap track must have a solid backbeat, which can be composed of the sound of drums, handclaps, or birds flying into glass doors. Feel the rhythm with this GrouponLive deal to see the LongLiveA$AP Tour, starring A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown, and the A$AP Mob. For $20, you get one ticket for general admission on Thursday, October 11, at 6 p.m. (up to a $31.49 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6 p.m.
Rakim Mayers, best known as A$AP Rocky, was born to rap. Named after hip-hop legend Rakim, the Harlem MC has been dropping rhymes that trumpet his rogue lifestyle since he was 8 years old. As part of the A$AP Mob, a collective of likeminded rappers, producers, and music-video directors, Rocky stood out from the pack with the hooks and hazy swagger found in his debut mixtape, LiveLoveA$AP. That breakout album led to hits such as “Pe$o” and “Purple Swag,” an enviable record contract with RCA, and a smashing grade of 8.3 out of 10 from the finicky critics of Pitchfork. Coming off a previous sold-out performance in Chicago and touting his upcoming proper studio-album version of LongLiveA$AP, which drops October 31 and already spawned the hit “Goldie,” A$AP Rocky chews the stage and his syllables as if they were gummy worms coated in cough syrup and draws out vowels with his freewheeling drawl.
Revving up fans with lexicon-exhausting hip-hop shenanigans, LA’s Schoolboy Q of the supergroup Black Hippy huffs, puffs, hips, and literally hops in hits such as “Nightmare on Figg Street” before sharing mic duties with A$AP Rocky on the hit “Hands on the Wheel.” The show also features Detroit sensation Danny Brown, who makes up for his lack of teeth with a lethal lyrical bite. Potty-mouthed, witty, and fond of funny cigarettes, Brown unleashes tales of debauchery from his 2011 album, XXX , which was voted rap album of the year by Spin magazine. Fellow members of the A$AP Mob take care of DJ duties and tag team in moments when performers run out of rhymes for “purple.”
Attendees get to bounce amid the historic confines of the Congress Theater. A former movie palace built in 1927, the cavernous venue is registered as a Chicago Landmark, sheltering audiences under an intricate, domed ceiling that's perfect for jetpack escapes when the dance floor gets too crowded.