A$AP Rocky SXSW Fight: Rapper and Crew Brawl With Crowd at Vice Party
As was first reported on our sister site Spinner, a brawl broke out between Harlem rapper A$AP 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$AP Rocky gigs began with their usual antagonistic, punk rock-styled antics, including slam-dancing, stage-diving, crowd-surfing and spitting, during a late-night concert in a downtown warehouse venue.
A$AP Rocky had about a dozen A$AP Mob members onstage, each and every one looking understandably exhausted and somewhat messed up following days of multiple performances. After one of the crew had his do-rag apparently swiped by stage-diver, the concert was stopped while the Mob demanded its return. Someone in the crowd then threw a can of beer on stage, hitting one of the crew.
Despite angry yelling from both sides, Rocky tried to defuse the situation and seemed on the verge of pulling it off — until someone threw another beer can at the rapper. At this point, Rocky warned against throwing anything onstage other than water or there would be consequences. When that was followed by more stuff being thrown, Rocky and his crew leapt into the crowd, fists flying.
Most of the audience scrambled to get out of the way, but several men mixed it up with the rappers as a full-blown brawl ensued for several minutes. At least one audience person had a gash one his head from the fight. Eventually, security managed to clear the room and the police arrived to shut the party down.
A$AP Rocky recently told Spinner he hoped to avoid a “rock star thug image,” but after this artist-audience fight at SXSW, that might become a little more difficult.