When: Sat., June 27, 9 p.m. 2015
WAKA FLOCKA FLAME | SAT, JUNE 27
LINCOLN THEATRE, RALEIGH—Adam Sandler's upcoming Pixels promises all the flatulent jokes we've come to expect from the 48-year-old's more family-friendly fare. In advance of the near-certain summer blockbuster, though, Earth must face a threat much more menacing than the film's coin-operated invaders.
Good Charlotte and Waka Flocka Flame's collaborative "Game On," apparently taken from the Pixels soundtrack, is worthy of a Nintendo Zapper trigger warning. Not since Jay-Z and Linkin Park's Collision Course have rap and rock come together in such a grossly negligent fashion. This mismatched team-up splices the Madden Brothers' radio-baiting punk pop with the shouty charms of the Brick Squad Monopoly CEO, all awash in arcade bleeps and bloops. A sloppy showing from the aggressive Atlanta rapper, "Game On" conflates turning up with one's turn at the game controller.
But "Game On" is indicative of Waka's currently stalled career. Though the mixtapes have dropped steadily, he has yet to issue a proper Atlantic Records follow-up to 2012's Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family. Announced since 2013 yet repeatedly delayed, Flockaveli 2 again missed its most recent release date, June 1. The purportedly star-studded record remains a speculative project.
That's all too bad, as a box-office crossover single on par with Juicy J, Ty Dolla $ign and Wiz Khalifa's goofy "Shell Shocked," from last year's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, might have pushed Flockaveli 2 back on course. But as movie tie-in singles go, "Game Over" isn't quite as good as MC Hammer's "Addams Groove" but marginally better than Tag Team's "Addams Family Whoomp!"
At least you're unlikely to hear this genre mush live. Instead, fans can expect "Hard In The Paint," "No Hands" and other singles that have made him one of the most recognized voices in contemporary rap music. Having come up under the guiding wrist of magnetic trap music mentor Gucci Mane, the dynamic Waka can deliver the right music to transform a concert into a full-on lituation, not a bad video game simulation. Ben G opens. 9 p.m., $25–$55, 126 E. Cabarrus St., Raleigh, 919-821-4111, www.lincolntheatre.com. —Gary Suarez