Waka Flocka Flame

LIVE: Aokify America Tour - 10/18/13 @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

LIVE: Aokify America Tour  - 10/18/13 @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

Photos by Joy Asico (joy@chunkyglasses.com / www.asicophoto.com)

“Turn up” - 2013’s operative term in this trap rap-laden year in electronic dance music - could not have been a more apropos concept as Steve Aoki, Borgore, Waka Flocka Flame, Pharrell Williams and more played to a chilly, yet enthusiastic and three-quarters filled crowd at Columbia, Maryland’s Merriweather Post Pavilion this past Friday evening. The unseasonably cold weather, however, proved only to be one of the best judgements regarding the effectiveness of EDM in being able to reach, engage and excite Generation Y. As well, in bearing witness to two of the most zeitgeist defining artists of this next generation - Waka and Pharrell - create impeccable synergy with the crowd present, the concert succeeded in defining the shocking, yet developing-into-tolerable guidelines of an era where rappers are the new rock stars and EDM provides the recklessness of rap for a next-level age.