Article by: Kevin Marshall
Photos by: Brian Morgan
Brick Squad Monopoly's Juaquin Malphurs, a.k.a. Waka Flocka Flame (a name given to him by family member and labelmate Gucci Mane), rolled into the Congress Theater this weekend with his Fans, Friends and Family Tour. Waka Flocka, Gucci Mane, Wooh Da Kid, OJ the Juiceman, and Slim Dunkin (Deceased) also combine to make 1017 Brick Squad Records. Although born in South Jamaica, Queens, New York, Malphurs he is most definitely a southern rapper. Malphurs and family would eventually settle in the Riverdale, Georgia where his mother Debra Antney (Gucci Mane's former manager and CEO of So Icy/Mizay Entertainment) would help him develop his grand business sense.
The Triple F Life concert at the Congress Theater kicked off with Chicago's own Killa Klan/Brick Squad Monopoly member Bo Deal a.k.a. Billy Deal. Bo Deal, the former five-time 106 & Park freestyle champion and and south side representative gave a marvelous performance. Bo hit the stage performing his smash hits like "Debo" and “Wow (Remix),” which features hip-hop heavies like French Montana, Trea the Truth, Chicago legend Twista and Brick Squad Boss Waka Flocka Flame. Bo Deal continued to wow the crowd when he performed his lead single "Clap" featuring Yo Gotti and Mello G. Blanca from his upcoming mixtape Welcome to Klanville.
Next in line to perform was 1017 Brick Squad member Wooh Da Kid. Repping his set, Wooh Da Kid was the perfect set-up man for Waka Flame. From the moment he hit the stage his energy level never went down. Wooh Da Kid performed several songs, most notably his verse from Gucci Mane's hood anthem "Shout Out To My Set." Wooh Da Kid also took time away from his performance to show love to the slain member 1017 Brick Squad member Slim Dunkin. After paying his respect Wooh Da Kid went right back to the business of rocking the crowd.
As the lights dimmed and the smoke began to fill the stage, you knew something major was in the works. The crowd at the Congress Theater began to rush the stage and from behind the smoke Waka Flocka Flame appeared like a magician. Waka immediately went from the stage to the crowd with his performance, where he remained for the next 10-15 minutes - a true rare sight to see in the rap world. Waka Flocka Flame performed just as well on stage as he did in the crowd. When Waka got back to the stage he really got thing in motion as he began to rap his verse from Bad Boy artist Machine-Gun Kelly's hit single "Wild Boy." From that moment on Waka continued to "TURN UP," taking the crowd on a fifteen-minute thrill ride of just his feature verses. The crowd was fully engaged from that moment on, never putting their hands down again. Shortly after Waka Flocka was back in the crowd up close and personal with the fans, making them love him all that much more for that simple gesture. Waka hopped from the crowd back to the stage with the crowd. In a frenzy, women began to throw their undergarments at the Brick Squad superstar. Waka continued on his "TURN-UP" spree by wearing one of the lucky ladies’ bra as headgear. He then began to bring his performance to a climax performing his hits from his latest studio album release Triple F Life, Fans, Friends and Family. Songs like "Round of Applause" featuring Drake, "I Don't Really Care" featuring Trey Songz, "Clap" and "Rooster In My Rari." Waka began to wind things down shortly after by taking a moment of silence for Slim Dunkin complete with lighters in the air. Overall I would have to say Waka Flocka Flame has one of the energetic and wild live performance I have ever seen - truly a sight to behold.