Waka Flocka Flame at the Music Farm – A Show Review

We arrived at the always amazing Music Farm at around 8:15ish Wednesday night, only to be greeted by a huge line of eager Flocka fans. The venue was sold out and definitely packed. Even though everyone got there early, the show didn’t start until an hour after they were supposed to take the stage. The suspense was certainly building.

First, the DJ for the show came on, and started mixing some popular songs like from artists like Fetty Wap, Kid Cudi, and Kendrick Lamar to get the crowd moving, and it was definitely “bumpin”. Then rapper Ben G took the stage. At first, he seemed like just a hype man for the DJ, getting the crowd to get excited for the dance music. However, it didn’t take long for him to demonstrate his flow over some pretty dope instrumentals. He definitely wooed the crowd with his lyricism and delivery. After Ben G was done, he helped the DJ get the crowd dancing again with more remixes while they were preparing for Waka Flocka.

Decked out in a Steph Curry jersey, Waka Flocka calmly walked out on stage while everyone in the crowd went nuts. As soon as the beat dropped Waka showed us why he is still one of the best performers in the game. With dreads and water bottles flying everywhere, everyone was basically mosh pitting (Waka Flocka’s music is generally pretty hardcore rap, so there is no need to explain why). He was definitely a crowd pleaser, grabbing fans’ phones to take snapchats of the show from his perspective, running through the crowd jumping in the mosh pits, wearing a girl’s bra on his head, and even taking a hit of whatever someone in the crowd was smoking. “Hey security guard, let the lady back up on his shoulders, this is a Waka Flocka concert” was certainly a memorable quote from the rapper. He performed fan favorites like “No Hands”, “Wild Boy”, and “O Let’s Do It”, where most people knew every word. In the end, Waka closed the show with his own freestyle over the instrumental of J. Cole’s Firing Squad (which, in my honest opinion, is one of the hardest hitting beats ever made).

This show was certainly one for the books. I haven’t listened to Waka Flocka Flame since middle school, but it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to.

Jonathan Brakefield

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