A$AP Ferg, Tory Lanez rise above with MadeinTYO at The Regency Ballroom

A$AP FergPhotos by Lisette Worster // Written by Molly Kish //

A$AP Ferg, Tory Lanez with MadeinTYO //
The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco
June 7th, 2016 //

An epic trio of hip-hop heavyweights took over The Regency Ballroom earlier this month, and Showbams was there in the thick of it, literally watching both the crowd and performers hang from the venue’s balcony rafters.

MadeinTYO kicked off the night with a short set in front of a jam-packed, sold-out audience that was ready to rage for all three acts. Rising hip-hop star Tory Lanez performed his own slot as the second billed artist on “The Level Up Tour,” leaving Bay Area fans pleasantly surprised to see the Canadian booked as a co-headliner alongside A$AP Ferg. But as they traded off on the mic in SF, both dug into their career-spanning setlists together.

Tory Lanez

Tory Lanez

More than just a simple hip-hop set, the show featured several guest appearances from fellow A$AP Mob members and their actual relatives, who came onstage and helped provide back-up lyrics and hype-inducing antics. A lot of the performance also involved A$AP Ferg or Lanez, if not both of them, stage diving and crowd surfing throughout the venue, mic in hand and not missing a single bar. Though at points the tactic seemed a bit overused, those at The Regency Ballroom came hard, supporting the talent both through their unfazed enthusiasm and by holding the traveling emcee’s weight with their hands, heads and whatever other body part was available to keep their footing.

At the evening’s apex, Lanez rode above the sea of fans, who feverishly directed the rapper to the side of the venue. Using a door frame to boost himself up into the arms of spectators in the balcony, he was able to climb upstairs before the track was over. And in what appeared to be almost a reverse stage dive, Lanez playfully mentioned how he is the clown of the Level Up crew, bringing new meaning to the tour’s name by taking the notion of “getting lifted” to a new level, literally.

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