We’ve all been to different kinds of parties. Theme parties, house parties, apartment parties (what up college life), etc. But have you had the chance to attend a BrickSquad party? I hadn’t either, until the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC decided to host Waka Flocka Flame on 6/8/2014.
The show was scheduled for 9pm and the doors opened at 8pm. I pulled up at around 7:15ish and my timing could not have been better. I parked the car and was walking to get in line which was already about 45 people deep. I was passing Waka’s tour bus and the people that were at the end of the line that I would be standing behind in about 30 seconds were all looking at me….or so I thought. Flocka stepped off the tour bus no later than 15 seconds after I passed and started walking to the back entrance of the venue. The fans started losing it and one managed to yell out above the rest, “Waka can I get a picture??” He looked back with this face..
and replied “F*CK NO!” followed by a few seconds of awkward silence….. when he finally started laughing and said, “I’m just playin y’all, yea let’s get a photo.” So I managed to get in a group photo with Waka and the people bringing up the end of the line. It should be posted to the Orange Peel’s Facebook page within the next few days (fingers crossed).
They posted the picture!!
After a wait that seemed to drag by forever the doors finally opened up. I’m pretty sure it’s easier to get into the airport than the Orange Peel, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just annoying. I made my way through security and into the venue. It was my first time there and as such I wanted to scope it out. There were two bars and a wide open GA standing area. My guess is that it held around 1000-1500 people, and this show managed to sell out. I got up to about the 6th-7th row and made myself wide to hold the spot down. House music continued to play while the crowd filed in. It was during this time, before ANYONE even performed, that a girl fight broke out to my left. It was vicious! Hair pulling, scratching, slapping and all to some guys yelling “WORLDSTAR!!”. Security eventually escorted both ladies outside and I was just thinking, ‘what have I gotten myself into smh’. Around 9pm the first opener hit the stage. I couldn’t locate him on twitter, but he was a rapper who went by the name Colgate. I’m not really sure what it was, but this guy just didn’t do it for me. I don’t want to come off as a music snob either. It just wasn’t there. He only did 3 songs, of which I cannot remember any titles, and overall they were just weak. The crowd wasn’t into it much but thankfully, it was only 3 songs. Hopefully things will work out for him down the road.
Act number 2 was a group of rappers signed by Lifted Music led by Jay James and Manuel. These guys were light years ahead of the first act and really started getting the crowd turned up. They brought girls on stage to dance, played some popular songs in which they laid down their own verses and sometimes simply covered songs. I recall them doing K. Camp’s “Cut Her Off” and A$AP Ferg’s “Work (Remix)” and the place went wild. They seemed like a hungry group of artists that were simply happy to be involved in getting a chance to showcase their talents. I even managed to get a free mixtape from Jay after the show ended.
Following up these guys was DJ Mayhem. I don’t pretend to know much about EDM or the movement that seems to be taking over some of the younger crowd, but apparently a lot of them like it, because DJ Mayhem turned the Orange Peel into a rave. There were water bottles splashing, people jumping, glow sticks, smoke… the whole shebang. I think Flocka got into this movement a little bit as well when he went on tour this past winter with Steve Aoki (EDM legend) to the point where they put out a track together, entitled Rage The Night Away. This rave went on for literally an hour or so.
sidebar: If I was a betting man, I would put down just about everything I have on the hunch that Waka was watching game 2 of the NBA Finals wrap up before he made his appearance. Any of his followers know that he’s an avid NBA fan just from the titles of some of his mixtapes, the LeBron Flocka James and DuFLocka Rant series all available at LiveMixtapes.
After Mayhem made his exit, Waka’s tour DJ, DJ Ace came and set up shop at the DJ booth. We knew were were close now. The anticipation in the room was about to peak. And then, it happened. Fresh out of the gate, Waka comes out spraying the crowd with champagne and headbanging like a maniac. The crowd absolutely lost it. Check it out:
Flocka didn’t stop here either, he took it to the next level and performed his recent remix of “Turn Down For What”. People were losing their minds. Waka then went into a slew of trap-tacular songs from Flockaveli including, “Live By The Gun” and “Luv Dem Gun Sounds”. From there the party continued into a set list of ridiculousness that went something like this:
1.Turn Down For What (Remix)
2.Live By The Gun
4.Luv Dem Gun Sounds
6.Bustin At Em
7.I Don’t Really Care – Waka entered the crowd at this point and was rapping about 3 feet away from where I was standing.
8.Rooster In My Rari – also performed in the crowd.
9.Young Money BrickSquad – yup, performed this in the crowd too.
10. Wild Boy verse – Mosh pot started with this one.
11.Round of Applause – Finally made it back to stage and brought a few ladies to dance while he performed.
12.Grove St. Party
13.Move That Dope (Remix)
14.Too Drunk to Drive (EDM)
15.Heart Of a Lion with Ben G
16.No Hands – acapella
18.For My Dawgs
19.F*ck Dis Industry
20.Ice Cream Cone (Gucci Diss)
21.Hard In Da Paint
Here are some additional shots I got as well:
By the end of this show, my shoes were sticky, I was covered in sweat/water/champagne, and I was smiling from ear to ear. Waka Flocka threw one helluva BrickSquad party and I strongly encourage anyone with the next day off work to go see him.