WINSTON SALEM HAS NEVER BEEN SO TURNT…
Until I saw Flocka perform at the illustrious Ziggy’s venue in the heart of Winston Salem, NC, I thought the city born and bred through the tobacco industry didn’t know how to really party. Sure, the Tyler, The Creator concert last month was pretty exciting, but I experience something much deeper at my first show headlined by Brick Squad Monopoly frontman, Waka Flocka Flame.
I showed up to a packed crowd from top to bottom all excited to see this years Presidential candidate perform some good ol’ American favorites that always got a college party jumpin. My memory is a little cloudy, but let’s see if I can’t fill you in on some of the shennanigans that took place that night.
The stage was still empty when Waka Flocka’s eery voice popped out the speakers; the crowd went wild as the Riverdale rapper shredded through the opening lyrics to his single, 50K, behind the stage curtains. Next thing I know the 6 foot sum’n rapper jumped out on stage, dreads flying through the air, and headbanging like it was nobody’s business. Flocka kept yelling into mic while superfans tried shoving their way to the front of the crowd. That’s when I knew that this show was about to be more than a regular concert experience.
While making his way through the crowd, Flocka kept rapping to everyone’s favorites like No Hands and I Don’t Really Care. I lost sight of Flocka when he stepped off stage and joined the hundreds of fans who were dying to take a Snapchat selfie with the BSM rapper. Remember that interview where Flocka said he felt like one of the frat boys while partying with Oklahoma State’s SAE fraternity? He wasn’t lying. Every time Waka saw someone with a drink in their hand, he would start chanting “Chug Chug Chug!” The crew up in VIP was piss drunk by the end of the night.
One of the most exciting parts of the evening was when Flocka dropped this number on the crowd.. “I got a whole lot of cash, b**ches count it for me, bottle keep poppin’ that’s why bad h*es jockin.” If you’re not too familiar with Flocka, it’s the one that goes IT’S A PARTY, IT’S A PARTY, IT’S A PARTAY in a dark monotone sound. It goes by the name of Grove Street and it looked like just about everyone took out their smartphones as soon as the chorus started. Not the best choice for the poor souls lost to the mosh pit.
Speaking of “Mosh Pit” the rap scene provided by all of Flocka’s catchy and unforgettable lyrics soon found itself transforming into a mini rave, now being hosted by DJ Flocka where one of the first artists to be played was Flosstradamus. Flocka kept letting the fans yell into the mic as everyone sang the internationally known chorus by an artist named Casino that conveniently sounds too much like Waka Flocka Flame. He threw in a good mix of house, trap, and dubstep, which was a unique spin for your typical rap concert.
Like many great performers such as Diplo, Trinidad Jame$ and Yellow Claw, Waka Flocka also understands how important it is to bring hella girls on stage. Flocka had no problem rounding up a few biddies willing to dance and party on stage for the ATLien and the hundreds of fans from all over the East Coast. Talk about a good presidential marketing techniques. (Flocka 4 Prez.)
After getting the crowd really hyped with his 2015 single Turn Up Godz, the mood changed as soon as the instrumental for Round Of Applause started. Girls were twerkin and droppin to the floor left and right as if they were being featured in Big Homie Flock’s next music video. The best part was when a kindly older woman got in touch with her 20 year old self to turn up on stage.
If you’ve seen a Waka Flocka show on youtube before, then let me be the first to tell you that it doesn’t even come close to doing him justice on a real performance. I definitely suggest you pay a visit to his show if the ClayCo rapper stops anywhere near your city, at least before he gets elected as our 45th president.
PS. If you plan on standing anywhere in the front of the stage, drink lots and lots of water beforehand. Things will look like this.
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