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    Twerk contests

    As a hot-blooded male I enjoy a good twerk video as much as the next guy, but at some point this whole twerk craze got out of hand. Nowhere is this more prevalent than at rap shows.

    I first had this realization at an A$AP Mob show. The concert started off inspired, with Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q giving solid performances, but once the Mob appeared everything took a turn for the worst. During the middle of the show, without explanation, each member started inviting different girls on stage. This endeavor lasted for 15 minutes, as the crowd grew perplexed and agitated. Once the girls were on stage the twerk contest was announced. The looks on the girls’ faces were priceless as some stood awkwardly having an internal debate over the price of their self-respect.

    When the music dropped some walked off stage, others clumsily started to gyrate, while one girl decided to take the opportunity and twerk like her life depended on it. Most of the crowd watched in horror as we saw the ultimate groupie spectacle play out in all its debauchery. While some guys were into it, many A$AP fans weren’t. The twerk contest halted the energy of the show, angered women in the crowd, and ultimately took away from what most of us had paid to see… some rap music.