Friday night, Chicago's biggest house party was at the UIC Pavilion, where Waka Flocka, Borgore, Pharrell, and Steve Aoki kicked off the Aokify America tour. Though diverse in genre, all four acts seemed to draw the same, high energy crowd which made for a good ol' fashioned rager.
Crowd surfing >
Waka Flocka towered over the crowd, dreads swingin,' yell'n "squad."
Waka Flocka smokes the crowd
Borgore kept the crowd jumpin' and chanting "cake."
Pharrell... Pharrell took the stage smooth as you'd think he would and brought the funk for a lil while.
And ultimately, Steve Aoki, notorious for throwing a hell of a party, threw a cake in your face, crowd rafting, co2 blasting par-tee. Yes at least three - willing, mind you - people took cakes to the dome while Aoki danced about the stage like he was an eight year old high as hell off some bite size snickers. Don't get me wrong, as would I. Someone just beg's for you to throw cake at their face? That's gong show. Sign me up, Steve.
Look closely, Steve Aoki is throwing cake at a fan, and it's pretty great.
From beginning to end, the party never stopped, and the artists supported each other along the way. Waka came out during Borgore's set (lookin forward to their collab), and everyone stood by the stage to see one another perform. The unique billing of this tour is sure to bring fans of both hip hop and edm together in a way rarely seen before, a trend we hope to see continue moving forward.
...OK, now that that's out of the way, here are the 2013 VMAs GIFs that recap the night's performances and memorable reactions. Your welcome, those of you who chose to watch Breaking Bad tonight.
In chronological order...
Lady Gaga opened the show, underwent multiple wigs and wardrobe changes eventually landing on this seashell bikini, causing Kevin Hart to rave about her, um, cakes, in his first appearance. Not in GIF form: Lady Gaga wearing a box.
Not a GIF actually (yes, I know this is the second image), but it was during the VMAs' first commercial break that Eminem announced his new album, MMLP2, and later on in the evening a video preview of the new single "Berzerk" (out Tuesday) that reveals a new (old) bleached blonde look. This announcement made this year's VMAs already better than most year's VMAs. Details here.
Drake does not look entertained by Miley Cyrus and teddy bears. And thus begins a strange and GIF-worthy night for Miley Cyrus.
Somewhere in America, Miley Cyrus twerks in front of Robin Thicke in the Beetlejuice suit and Paula Patton googles "divorce lawyer".
Rihanna & One Direction's reaction to Miley Cyrus. I have no joke here.
The last non-moving image, I swear! A glorious one though as the Smiths also react to Miley Cyrus.
Thankfully, Kanye West saves the day. His performance of "Blood On The Leaves" tonight was memorable for the silhouette dancing above. This GIF accurately sums up one of many 'Ye performance spazzes that are all equally awesome, and therefore all need to be seen. Watch the artful "Blood On The Leaves" and see Kanye's explanation of the powerful image he's dancing in front of here.
A new Kanye performance spaz: the roundhouse!
Oh, I guess there should have been another warning for the ladies that JT dancing is on a 2 second loop. Anyway, this is approximately at minute 9 of 24.
Gaga and friends personifying girls everywhere at the reunion of *NSYNC.
*NSYNC off stage excited to find out if they made it to Hollywood after their reunion
Bruno Mars wins an award (oh yeah! they give those out here) for Best Male Video, which the woman next to him thinks he doesn't deserve.
Rihanna reacting to Drake's performance like they've had some sort of history or something...
Jaden Smith, on the other hand, very much liked Drake's performance. Very much.
Music biz news comes in via the official press release announcing The-Dream's new position as the V.P. of A&R at Def Jam Records. He will be signing new talent to the label and producing tracks for the label's artists as well. Below: his quotable and an unrelated GIF of Ichiro's awesome swipe of home on a base-hit earlier tonight.
I am committed as I have been previously to bringing the power of belief in the artist back to the forefront. I share a unique view of an artist and as well as the business of music. I, with the help of many others, have ran a successful business for the last five years in the midst of the “Digital Change.” My concentration and effort will be to the artist to succeed in their dreams and goals. I’ve been a part of watching and participating in the success of many great women and men including Beyonce, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion to name a few. Music means more than just a download, it’s life to the culture and also the people who listen. This is a new exciting yet critical time for music – ‘You Meet Change with Change!’