Rapper A$AP Rocky triumphantly returned to Sweden, where he was jailed earlier this year, to perform a concert that in part benefited refugees.
The rapper reportedly performed both atop and inside a long metal cage at Stockholm’s Ericsson Globe. An unspecified portion of the proceeds from the show went to the Swedish Network of Refugee Support Groups, which is an organization that helps both refugees and those seeking political asylum.
Among the songs the rapper performed at the concert included:
- “Babushka Boi”
- “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2 (LPFJ2)”
- “A$AP Forever”
- “Buck Shots”
- “Praise the Lord (Da Shine)”
- “Distorted Records”
Performing at the show were also Swedish artists Jireel, Z.E. and Dree Low.
Earlier this month, A$AP Rocky attempted to stage the show at the same prison where he spent a month this summer, evoking Johnny Cash’s legendary concert at Folsom Prison. But Swedish officials turned down the request, citing “logistical and security issues.”
In June of this year, the rapper and two members of this entourage were arrested in Sweden after getting into a physical confrontation with a teenager.
While the three men insisted that they had acted in self-defense, they were put in prison. But after international appeals for his release, including from President Trump, the rapper and his associates were released in August. Though not before a Swedish court found all three guilty of assault. They were given suspended sentences and were required to pay the victim about $1,300 in damages.
On Twitter, the rapper explained why he wanted to return to Sweden and perform for his fans there. He said:
“EVEN WHEN IM DENIED ACCESS TO DONATE OR PERFORM FOR THE INMATES IN SWEDEN I STILL WANT TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR THE IMMIGRANTS AND POOR PPL OF OUTSIDE SURROUNDING AREAS , THIS HAS BEEN A DIFFICULT JOURNEY , BUT I FEEL ITS MY TASK TO GIVE BACK TO PPL WHO SUPPORTED ME WHEN I WAS DOWN.”