Waka Flocka Flame

Waka Flocka Flame isn’t a good rapper by anyone’s account, not even his own—the Atlanta MC has flat out stated that he’s “not in the booth trying to goddamn rap big words.” A common reaction to his music might be, “What is this?” But amidst gunfire sounds and shouts of “bang” and “pow” and “Waka,” the barrage of street-level aggression and undeniable I-don’t-give-a-fuck presence will suck you in before you know what happened in hits like “Hard In The Paint” and “No Hands.” The heavy beats from Virginia producer Lex Luger, responsible for most of smash debut Flockaveli, bump and crash with an intensity matching the barely enunciated anthems. But for all that can be said about Waka Flocka’s lyricism, or lack thereof, it’s impossible to challenge its honesty. With Brick Squad, Meez, Sunny Red, BAYB. NICK FELDMAN

Sat., Feb. 26, 8 p.m., 2011

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