Upcoming shows you should check out


Thursday, October 22, Cone Denim Events Center, 117 South Elm St., 336.378.9646

SQUAD-D-D-D-D-D! The big tracks that put Juaquin James Malphurs, perhaps better known as Waka Flocka Flame, have become acceptable clichés to use in modern conversation. If someone is doin’ the damn thing on the dance floor, they are going hard in da paint. Strippers dancing? No hands. But those are the tracks that solidified his stardom, and now the Atlanta rapper has turned his focus onto the EDM side of things, having worked alongside Steve Aoki and Borgore. Borgore seems more in line with Waka Flocka, but those Aoki tracks helped put Flocka on EDM stages all over the country. Thursday night is going to get rowdy. Waka Flocka has the stage presence of circus ringleader able to captivate every single person in the venue with roaring vocals and ferocious engagement. His recent release with DJ Whoo Kid, “Turn Up Godz,” is pretty heavy on the EDM side of trap music and repetitive hook, but damn does Flocka know how to get people in the place go crazy. But then you’ve got tracks like “Rage the Night Away” produced by Aoki and it’s really just Flocka commanding you do just that. If there is one way to party these days, it’s mixing up the hard styles of the rap game and tossing them in the mix with the big room dance tracks taking over the airwaves. Flocka does this flawlessly, albeit with a side of cheese on occasion, but one can’t fault the guy for exploring. And he’s also made note to run for President in 2016. Vote for Waka.


Saturday, October 24, Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W. Gate City Blvd., 336.373.7400 The smooth and socially conscious hip-hop of DMV’s own Wale will collide with Atlanta’s current mixtape king Future, known for his dirty south club-bangers promoting street culture while acknowledging the darkness that comes with fame for the N.C. A&T State University’s Greatest Homecoming on Earth. Dubbed “Thrill Seekers,” the concert is expected to bring a high-energy, upbeat and thrilling experience to attendees which is in-line with what both headliners bring to the music industry. Future’s melodic merge of Hip-Hop and R&B sounds have flooded the airways most recently with the release of the “What a Time to Be Alive” mixtape with Drake and the July drop of junior album DS2 aka Dirty Sprite 2. The rapper stays true to his style bring forth a clear but grimy look at love, the streets and the life of a trap star in the A. Wale’s most recent project, “An Album about Nothing,” stays true to the rappers poetic-lyrics wrapped up in a soulful, hip hop beat. Laced with the social issues of today, including PTSD, racial inequality, reality television, female image misconceptions and prescription drug abuse, the album shows a darker side of Wale as he raps about dealing with fame and real life situations in a world with a litany of social issues, using excerpts from the show “Seinfeld” and conversations with show’s star Jerry Seinfeld. The concert will also include performances from Young Dro, Rae Sremmud and Shy Glizzy. The trio bring a heavy dose of Dirty South Hip-Hop from the past and now. While Shy Glizzy is more known for his form of street rap, Young Dro’s rise to fame was with his song “Shoulder Lean.” Add that to Rae Sremmud’s success with “No Flex Zone” and “No Type”, you automatically need a dance floor for the energetic dance moves the songs offer.

Artists will perform at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $45. – Chanel Davis !