As Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame neared the end of his hour long set on Wednesday night at Cat’s Cradle — the third and final of a three night string of sold out shows in Carrboro — he took upwards of 10 iPhones from the extended hands of eager concertgoers and briefly recorded himself and the crowd for the fans’ Snapchats.
He rapped into the mic while the crowd screamed in approval; several times, the snippet of video seemed to take precedence over the performance as Waka forwent rapping in favor of recording himself.
The interaction captured the essence of the night. To his credit, Waka knows his audience, who emphatically confirmed when asked at the beginning of his set that they were, in fact, in attendance to party. The music often came second.
DJ duo Styles & Complete established this tone, opening up the night with, quite frankly, the most eclectic and confusing setlist I’ve ever heard at a concert.
The two men hopped around the stage, danced, turned knobs, and coaxed the willing audience into jumping on command as they played their own remixes of everything from Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” as well as a litany of contemporary hits such as Travi$ Scott’s “Antidote.”