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Waka Flocka Flame at the Commodore (Live) [Photos/Review]

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Vancouver, BC – Upon entering the Commodore on Monday night, it was apparent that Waka Flocka Flame was bringin’ the rowdy to Vancity: joint after joint was snatched up at the door and a passed out girl was already being escorted out. As our border traditions seem to dictate, Waka was hassled upon crossing into Canada, however to the delight of Vancity he made it in and played a bangin’ show on a dreary Monday.

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“Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family” was the theme of the night; Wooh Da Kid (Flocka’s brother) opened the night up for his brother with friends and fans in sight. The Kid got some ladies onstage and showed his childish charm in complimenting their style: “Shiiiit, you damn fine. Get your ass onstage baby.” Onto the next, Waka Flocka did ”50K” such justice that it felt like Gucci Mane was in the building. From the get go, Waka Flocka Flame didn’t just play his released songs but showed mad love to Vancouver with some freestylin’ Van swag: and he didn’t waste time before flailing his dreads and headbanging to show the crowd just how the South gets down.

Waka launched into “Let Dem Guns Blam,” provoking the audience to throw their hands up and pistol whip the air. The Flocka King looked like a crazy wildcat whipping his dreads in the air and practically growling at the audience. At certain points he was spittin’ verses impressively fast with no backbeat to keep him on track – he showed straight up love to Vancouver by throwing a heart sign up in the air and then igniting the crowd with “Randy Savage.” After spittin’ the lyrics “Two Glocks, one blunt, and a bad bitch,” Waka asked all the bad bitches in the crowd to scream, igniting the females to do just that, as well as rushing to the front to get a closer look at this king.

Waka Flocka, staring down the audience, said “ I’m from the south, so we got gangs and bad bitches. Woah!” before hurling into “Candy Paint & Gold Teeth.” The crowd went wild for “O Lets Do It”, causing chaos-induced fights.  The audience showed that they were true fans obsessed with Flocka when he threw some t-shirts and water bottles at the audience and they started fights and doggy piling people to get to the objects Waka had merely just touched. A dude got on another’s shoulders for “Fuck Dis Industry” and started raining dolla bills on the audience, making the Commodore felt like a greasy strip club.

Four stoked bros were brought onstage for “Round Of Applause,” dancing like it was the last night of their lives. Halfway through the song they all started pulling their phones out trying to take photos with Waka, who seemed annoyed by these fans-turned-paparazzi. Waka blocked their photos by throwing O’s in the air to the dismay of the characters onstage and to the delight of the audience. The DJ got the party turned up, strip teasing his shirt off and jumping up on the turntables to dance for “Grove St. Party.” Waka left the room calling for everyone to put their deuces’ up to all his haters.

Written by Nicola Storey for HipHopCanada
Photography by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada 

Waka Flocka Flame Vancouver

Waka Flocka Flame Vancouver

Waka Flocka Flame Vancouver

Waka Flocka Flame Vancouver

Waka Flocka Flame Vancouver

Waka Flocka Flame Vancouver

Waka Flocka Flame Vancouver

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Waka Flocka Flame Vancouver

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Amalia Judith was born in Winnipeg, MB and quickly whisked away to a childhood of travel throughout California, England, Germany and predominantly Pakistan. In 2006 she completed an honor's degree in English Literature, which left her quite jobless and alone in East Van. Amalia cut her teeth at abortmag.com, Canada's darkest counter-culture magazine, moving on to contribute words and flicks to HipHopCanada: she's currently a member of HipHopCanada's West Coast team and has had the privilege to interview hip-hop icons like Lil' Kim, Pusha T, Big Boi, Three Six Mafia, Yelawolf, Pharrell Williams and most of Wu-Tang. Amalia also works as a Key Worker educator and advocate for families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, as well as heading up Team Heartbreak, a media production company that pairs community involvement and artistic movements.

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