Arts & Culture

Waka Flocka Flame at King Cat Theater

By Anand Balasubrahmanyan February 26, 2011

When Waka Flocka Flame's "Hard in Da Paint"  bangs out of your radio, you can instantly tell why he's America's most divisive top 40 artist; his gothic take on crunk stands simultaneously accused of saving and destroying rap music.

But Waka remains one of the most popular artists in the country, lording over the charts like a mumble-mouthed Shiva. His songs are simple and punk rock: one crunchy loop and a bunch of dudes screaming menace. His lyrics can make eyes roll, but in Waka's dark twisted fantasy, clever word play just shows he cares what you think.

And it's strangely liberating, though not for everyone. Waka, like the Circle Jerks or any other teenager who is pissed off and semi-coherent, makes songs to show he can destroy something and let's his audience dance in the rubble.

8 pm at the King Cat Theater,  2130 6th Avenue, $45.
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