Waka Flocka Flame goes hard in Milwaukee
After the release of his second studio album Triple F Life: Friends, Fans, & Family, Waka Flocka Flame has been busy with the expanse his tour is covering. While visiting most of the continental United States and a fair amount of European dates, Waka Flocka Flame is really pushing for more worldwide success through his steadily growing fan base.
Although he hasn’t become a household name yet, Waka Flocka Flame has a pretty large following. And those fans that do know who he his are as loyal as any rising artist could hope for.
Waka Flocka Flame’s performance finally made it to Milwaukee, stirring up a highly energetic and extremely memorable night at The Rave, one of Milwaukee’s hottest music venues.
Brick Squad opened for Waka Flocka for the most part of the two hours before Waka Flocka himself took the stage. Their performance was a good crowd starter, but wasn’t held to the same level as other rap/hip-hop shows. Most of they time the were free styling through things and the whole opening acting seemed more repetitive than anything.
The crowd seemed a little divided on their performance too, with about half really loving it and the other half kind of just handing out and not really engaged. It was a great warm up for Waka Flocka though; there were a few segments of the “pre-show” that had potential.
Finally after a few different acts from Brick Squad, Waka Flocka Flame was introduced. As he entered the room the whole vibe just shifted. It was like everything got more serious and he started with his more organized style and flow. Fans exploded with cheers and hands trying to reach up to the stage as Waka Flocka Flame took the stage through the thick haze the foggers had put up. Barriers were moving and the floor was bouncing to a concerning extent. If there was a fan there not having fun, I didn’t see them.
Most of the night, Waka Flocka Flame dominated the stage solo. Sure there were a few guests he invited up to change it up, but a lot of the time it was all Waka Flocka Flame.
Waka Flocka Flame drew a lot of new material from his 2012 release Triple F Life: Friends, Fans, & Family which he was obviously promoting. The new album has received relatively positive reviews, but have a listen and decide for yourself. This marks his second studio release with the exception of multiple mix tapes and singles.
I personally enjoy most of the new album. It has a little more dynamic than more than a few rap albums I’ve heard. When featuring guests, they’re not only just on the track with Waka; their style comes out and really drives a fused style and flow.
For the few years he’s been highlighted on the rap/hip-hop scene, Waka Flocka Flame has drawn in quite the following as detailed in his current tour. Waka even does more than the traditional artist who hangs out on stage. A few times Waka Flocka Flame visited up close with fans and friends down in the pit. He can really work the crowd and had them going hard right along with him most of the night.
Waka Flocka Flame showed he was having as much fun as the crowd in Milwaukee. Constantly calling for more “randomness” and encouraging crowd-surfing made security cringe, but the show went on without any major hitch. And talk about loud; neighboring houses could probably feel the bass rattle their floorboards.