Waka Flocka Flame supports Steve Aoki on Aokify Tour [Review]
Vancouver, BC – Think what you will about Waka Flocka Flame’s lyrical content, his ability to perform an energizing live experience is unquestionable. Uniting with two of the world’s top EDM acts Steve Aoki and Borgore, Waka Flocka’s high energy rap fits perfectly into this ultimate brew of a brilliantly executed live concert experience.
At first glance it seems that Waka would be an odd fit alongside EDM mega stars Steve Aoki and Borgore but his ability to engage the crowd and keep them engaged was on point. DJ Ace took the stage before Waka appeared, hyping the crowd up with back and forth gunshot chants that blasted throughout the arena with wildness.
Midway through his set Waka took a break from the stage and joined the crowd. Everybody went ballistic and the center of the floor was full of frenzied bodies moving ferociously to the rugged trap beats. The crowd’s energy blew through the roof when he performed his smash hit “Hard in Da Paint”.
A majority of those who knew his songs were charged throughout Waka Flocka’s set. Unfortunately, a lot of the concert goers were seemingly weary of what exactly he was all about, unfamiliar and unenthusiastic with his performance.
When Borgore took to the stage, the floor crowd had grown to a nice size, with a pretty diverse mix of concert goers. One could argue that the real ravers came out for Borgore, who has gained much notoriety amongst hardcore fans.
Exotic dancers joined him on either end of the stage, and Borgore’s bassline onslaught begun as he played numerous of his sex fueled anthems. Crowd favorite “Nympho” drove the show goers off the edge, and the crowd erupted into pandemonium.
Before Steve Aoki took the stage, the crowd was feverishly chanting his name. A robotic vocalization slowly spoke “A-O-KI”. As soon as the lights drew back to the DJ booth, Aoki was manning the throne and the first song dropped with confetti raining from the sky for good measure. As if that introduction wasn’t enough, two towers of symmetrical hexagons took to the stage on each side and the crowd later learned they were wielding guns that blasted them with a thick cloud of smoke.
Throughout the night one was able to see all of the outfits and signs paying homage to Steve Aoki’s legendary “CAKE” ritual. After tossing a few warm up pastries into the crowd, he selected a lucky fan who was honored to have a full size cake blasted into his face.
With touring being the main source of income for the majority of artists these days, pushing the boundaries and exceeding the limits of what to expect during a live concert experience is of the upmost importance. The three artists complimented each other nicely. Although they drew quite the diverse crowd, which created a lack of unity amongst the concert goers, the performers made up for it with a solid night of entertainment.
Review by Tyler Pearson for HipHopCanada
Photography by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada