Rapper Waka Flocka Flame to Perform at the Pageant This Thursday


Waka Flocka Flame might be the most famous rapper in the world who can’t rap worth a damn. It’s a weird tic that the Atlanta-based artist is the first to cop to; in a 2013 interview with Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express, Waka had this to say on the matter: “I’m not into rap ... I don’t even know how hip-hop started, to be truthfully honest with you.” He’s famously expressed very little interest in lyricism — one of the most key elements of hip-hop — saying that as long as he’s making money, he doesn’t care if he is considered a good lyricist. In other words, it doesn’t make much sense that Waka Flocka Flame is a star in this field. So how did we get here? The answer is that, quite simply, the man is an entertainer. His shows are high-energy affairs, and Waka is known to throw his hulking frame (he’s 6’2” and built like a football player) into the crowd during performances, roaming around the audience with little regard for his own safety. It might be best to describe him as a “turn-up artist” rather than a rapper at all — if he doesn’t care about lyrics, his rabid hordes of screaming fans care even less.

Hey Bob, What's Up? This is Waka Flocka Flame's first performance in town since St. Louis-area shock jock Bob Romanik referred to him as a "greasy black n*gger son of a bitch" on the air back in February. Waka responded by suggesting he might show up to the station and have a little chat with Romanik. Here's hoping he finds the time while he's in town.

Watch Waka Flocka Flame's video for "Workin'" below:

Waka Flocka Flame
8 p.m. Thursday, July 20. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard,. $28 to $38. 314-726-6161.