Could you imagine an event with EDM and hip hop all in one? Thankfully it’s 2013 and the team and I got to catch the the Aokify America Tour kickoff at the UIC Pavilion which features Steve Aoki, Waka Flocka, Pharrell and Borgore. The crowd was energetic and ready for the Friday night which brought nothing but entertainment, crowd surfing and dancing.
The event began the right way, with a performance from Waka Flocka. After Waka's set where the crowd cheered and sang along, we caught the humble rapper backstage. His dressing room was filled with friends and good vibes who came out to support Waka’s first performance back in the states after touring Europe. Getting comfy on the couch, we sat and chatted about more than just his upcoming works. Waka takes a seat with an open mind, ready to talk about anything and everything. He let’s loose and tells us about what’s in his journal(s), his From Roaches to Rollies(hosted by DJ Scream) mixtape and inspirations growing up in a household filled with 30 people. Blessed and successful at age 27, Waka has a lot more in store for him when it comes to making music and reaching his goals and dreams. Sit back and enjoy the exclusive chat with Waka Flocka and keep a look out for more from the American rapper.
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.
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Steve Aoki & Linkin Park "A Light That Never Comes" @ Summer Sonic 2013
How about this for a crossover collab? Linkin Park joins Steve Aoki for a new track called "A Light That Never Comes" that they got together to premiere during Aoki's set at Summer Sonic in Japan. It combines a little bit of everything from everyone. Aoki's uptempo, electro production (which is pretty different for LP), with Shinoda rhyming motivational lines and Chester belting out an instant hit of a hook. As the top comment says...