Waka Flocka Flame to bring hip-hop to Ames

By Parker Reed

American rap/hip-hop artist Waka Flocka Flame will perform in Ames at 8 p.m.Tuesday at the Hansen Agricultural Learning Center.

Tickets are $18 with an ISU student ID and $30 to the public, and all tickets are subject to a $2 MidwesTIX service fee. Tickets can be purchased online via midwestix.com.

Waka Flocka, as his fans refer to him as, first rose in popularity in 2010 when he released his debut album “Flockaveli”, which featured singles like “O Let’s Do It”, “Hard in Da Paint” and “No Hands”.

“Having [Waka Flocka Flame] come to our campus is an awesome opportunity. He’s such a known name in the hip-hop scene and I’m glad students are excited to go,” said Hannah Nation, National Events Director of SUB.

But it’s not just students from Iowa State that are gearing up for Waka’s stop in Ames. Logan Abdulghani, a junior at the University of Iowa, has seen the rapper live in concert three times prior to his performance at Iowa State.

“[Waka’s] live shows are a lot of fun. They’re just full of so much energy that everyone there gets so into it,” said Abdulghani. “He’s a great performer that plays to the crowd really well.”

Waka Flocka followed up his debut album with “Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family” in 2012. The rapper’s sophomore effort featured the singles “Round of Applause” and “I Don’t Really Care”.

“Round of Applause” featured fellow rapper Drake, but Waka has worked with a number of other artists from the genre including Future, Machine Gun Kelly and Gucci Mane.

Outside of music, Waka was also featured on VH1’s third season of “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”, the rapper’s hometown.

“[Waka’s] shows are always great, this shouldn’t be an exception,” said Abdulghani.

Nashville, Tennessee’s Mike Floss will open the show.

Son of jazz musician, Rod McGaha, Floss’ focus on the feel and groove of his music has earned him credit as a solid up-and-coming artist in the hip-hop scene.

The concert is co-sponsored by the Iowa State University Student Union Board (SUB) and Iowa State University’s Black Student Alliance.

For more information, visit sub.iastate.edu.

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