A$AP Rocky has been busy on tour this summer, and during a recent show in Latvia, he had what was one of his strangest interactions with a fan to date. He was struck in the face by a mobile phone that had been thrown by a rowdy concert-goer, causing him to stop the show.
With the audience tensely waiting to find out how he’d react to the situation, Rocky surprised everyone by inviting the man who threw the phone on stage and gave him a hug.
“You almost hit me with that phone and caught my face. You gotta be careful baby,” Rocky said to the fan with his hand placed on his shoulder. “I love you too. So you ready to go crazy?…look no more throwing phones man.”
Phones being used as projectiles are becoming the latest scourge of the live music industry. Earlier this month, Lil Uzi Vert threw a phone back into the crowd during their riotous performance at Wireless Festival in London’s Crystal Palace Park. After hurling the phone into the air, it allegedly struck a fan who was caught on TikTok being escorted away from the audience by security with a bloodied head.
“During Uzi’s set at Wireless Fest, fans threw multiple cellphones onto the stage and inadvertently struck him,” a source close to the Philadelphia rapper told The Shade Room. “He merely attempted to clear the phones from the stage, avoid slipping and safely continue his performance—he never intentionally directed it at a specific individual.”
Famously, when J. Cole was hit in the face by a phone during his performance in San Diego in 2014, instead of throwing the phone back or inviting the assailant on stage, he simply pocketed the phone and carried on with the performance.