Who knew Waka Flocka had bars like this?!
I guess I’m a few days late because I glossed over what was seemingly a redundant remix of one of J. Cole’s album standouts “Fire Squad”. I suppose it was that some people in the social media world were impressed and that intrigued me to give this a fair listen, and sure enough, I’m on their side.
Look, it’s not the greatest rap remix or freestyle ever… or of recent memory in fact… but I’m still surprised typing this out that Waka went this hard with a different, lyrical style to show he’s capable of going that route if he wants to. I liked the latter fourth of the track the most so keep in tune til the end.
The AMAs are ongoing at posting time and I’ll update as the night proceeds and the videos are uploaded to the interwebs.
The highlight for me so far was Lil Wayne debuting a new song from Tha Carter V alongside his new muse Christina Milian. It’s called “Start A Fire” and sounds like it could have some mainstream legs to it. Full song and explicit version TBD (Wayne’s entire second line was bleeped out for an awkwardly long amount of time… and it was probably fantastic.)
After Tunechi and Christina pranced off the stage, Nicki Minaj and Skylar Grey performed another rendition of “Bed of Lies” in all-white attire. It was a little strange to see some cuts of people dancing with it, but I appreciate that Nicki keeps pushing one of her deeper songs that doesn’t rely on sex appeal. Skylar’s voice was piercing throughout as she continues to slay those hooks. Always great to see the next A-list single she’s involved in.
UPDATE: The studio version of “Start A Fire” can be heard here.
More 2014 AMAs Performances by Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith & A$AP Rocky, Ariana Grande & The Weeknd, and Fergie with YG & DJ Mustard.
Added Mary J. Blige “Therapy”, Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande performing “Bang Bang”, and Iggy Azalea & J. Lo with “Booty” to close it out. Yup, this song closed it out. #JusSayin
Also debuted tonight: more of the “Guts Over Fear” video that drops in full tomorrow (or maybe with tonight’s midnight release of Shady XV) and Waka Flocka stars in a humorous commercial for Pine Bros. cough drops. I would rather watch this 5x than Fergie’s performance once.
Flosstradamus & Waka? Yup, this one’s for your turn up playlist.
As a bonus, a couple new Waka freestyles off his upcoming mixtape, I Can’t Rap Vol. 1, most notably “Believe Me”.
The perfect song, now video, for your weekend?!
Directed by Gille Klabin, here are the cool new visuals for Steve Aoki’s collab with Waka Flocka to appear on his upcoming album, Neon Future. Don’t the visuals follow suit with the album title?
Flocka is back with somethin’ new & fresh for the club scene. And of course, Mike Will Made It.
Waka’s next LP Flockaveli 2 will hit stores later on this year.