Rapper A$AP Rocky is turning the other cheek, by returning to Sweden to perform only four months after his month-long incarceration in the country.
The show will take place on December 11 at Stockholm’s Ericsson Globe, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Swedish Network of Refugee Support Groups (FARR). Fans can begin to buy tickets for the show on November 12 through Live Nation at 10 a.m. local time.
FARR is an organization that helps asylum seekers, stateless people and refugees through advocacy, legal advice, education and policy intervention.
In June of this year, Swedish authorities arrested A$AP Rocky and two people in his entourage — Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers — after a verbal dispute between them and 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari turned violent. While remaining in prison until the beginning of August, the rapper and his associates insisted that they had acted in self-defense.
Eventually, a Swedish court the three guilty of assault, with the court saying, “The assault has not been of such a serious nature that a prison sentence must be chosen.” So, the three were only given suspended sentences. The rapper was also required to pay Jafari damages of around $1,300, which was far less than what he had been seeking.
At the time, A$AP Rocky said that he was “disappointed” by the verdict.
Live Nation issued a statement in conjunction with the show’s announcement. They said, “After an outcry of support from his Swedish fans, he will return to Stockholm to deliver a triumphant show for all his supporters.”
A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Myers, recorded his debut mixtape Live. Love. A$AP back in 2011. This led to a major record deal with Polo Grounds Music, RCA Records, and Sony Music Entertainment. His first two studio albums, Long. Live. A$AP and At. Long. Last. A$AP, both debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. They also received widespread acclaim from critics.