On Friday, February 23rd, sophomore Kevin LaSalle of Stanford Hall woke up with a mirthful smile painted across his face. It was the day he had been waiting for. Today he would be attending his first Waka Flocka Flame concert.
When LaSalle was thirteen and riding in the car with his mother to soccer practice, he first heard the opening line of “Hard in Da Paint,” which chants, “I go hard in the mu’fuckin paint.” His mother quickly switched the station to Christian Rock FM before he could hear the rest of the song, but young LaSalle was left hungry for more.
It wasn’t long until LaSalle had downloaded all of Flockaveli (Deluxe Version) on his iPod Shuffle. Against the wishes of his mother, LaSalle became a Waka Flocka Flame Superfan throughout all of middle school and high school. So, when it was announced that Waka Flocka Flame would be performing in South Bend, LaSalle jumped on the opportunity.
However, when LaSalle arrived at the venue, he was appalled at the lack of true Waka Flocka Flame fans in attendance. He asked several of the people there what they thought of Waka Flocka Flame’s most recent album, DuFlocka Rant: Halftime Show, but he was met with mostly confused stares.
“Most of the people there only knew “No Hands,” LaSalle said, disgusted. “I even saw a girl leave because someone threw up on her. I don’t care if I was caked in puke, I would never miss the opportunity to see my hero, Waka Flocka Flame, in concert.”
While the rest of the crowd moped about Waka Flocka singing “No Hands” acappella, LaSalle rejoiced.
“’No Hands’ is the only reason I came to this concert, and he couldn’t even include the background music?” Badin senior Brittney Riley complained, “Come on, those lyrics sound like they were written by a drunk Zahm freshman.”
Meanwhile, LaSalle praised the performance, “That was incredible. Waka is truly one of the greatest vocalist and lyricists of our time, but not many people notice that because they haven’t had the chance to hear an acapella version of his songs like we were blessed with tonight.”
Overall, LaSalle was pleased to see his favorite rapper but also left determined to find a group of students on the Notre Dame campus who share his passion for Waka Flocka Flame. If anyone is interested in a similar sort of group, you can connect with Kevin LaSalle on LinkedIn.
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