If you were at Friday’s Spring Weekend concert, you’d know that Waka Flocka Flame had a PIC (partner-in-crime) up on stage with him for a little bit. This anonymous person was in a full-on, head-to-toe rooster costume. You might have assumed that was one of Waka’s roadies, or a groupie, or his bodyguard, or something like that, but you were so, so wrong.
It turns out that the now infamous Left Rooster was none other than Brown’s own Colin Duffy ’15, who had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rage with Waka on the Main Green. We spoke to Duffy to find out just what it was like to be the rooster in Waka’s rari.
Was it planned for you to go onstage?
I was talking to my friends a couple weeks ago about Waka… There was a big group of us hanging around, and he has this song, “Rooster in My Rari,” with a music video, which is him up there with a guy in a rooster costume. We were all thinking about Left Shark and his moment at the Super Bowl, and there was this idea thrown around that it would be funny if someone put on a rooster suit and got called onstage for “Rooster in My Rari.”
So we all chipped in on [a rooster suit] and figured that one of us would have to wear it. Earlier in the week I was talking to a friend of mine who works for BCA, and I told him about our plan as a joke… On Friday, I’m running out of class talking to the security guards about how I would bring a rooster costume through security. An hour later I get a text from [my friend] saying, “Waka thinks it’s unbelievable that you bought that costume, he wants you on stage.”
So at that point, all my friends were more hesitant. They didn’t wanna wear the thing on stage whatsoever. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be Left Rooster. So, I took it upon myself to put on the costume. I waited until Waka’s set to get close to the stage. I almost passed out from heat exhaustion. I was up there for a while, and there were a lot of comments like, “Get the rooster kid up there,” and “What’s Big Bird doing at the concert?” Eventually Waka pulled off his mic and goes, “Get that rooster kid up here,” and the security guard pulled me up. I waited on the side until he called me out during the song to walk up there on stage.
Did you and Waka Flocka have any personal interactions?
He gave me a high five and said, “Great job,” “That was sick,” or something along those lines.
How long were you on stage for?
I was just on for the “Rooster in My Rari” song. It was six minutes though, so it was funny trying to keep everything up and not pass out on stage.
What was the best part about being on stage?
The funniest part was that I could see no more than two to five feet in front of me. So that whole time I was trying to see where Waka was on stage so that I wouldn’t be too off. It was pretty fun when his hype man came up right in front of me. I was going with the crowd, going with the song. It was a pretty cool experience. Definitely an adrenaline rush.
Did Waka see you without your rooster mask on?
Yeah, at the beginning. The thing was so hot that I had to take it off for a little bit.
Most importantly, how intoxicated were you?
I wasn’t too bad, just because I knew I would have to be up front for a while. Honestly, by the time I got up, I think I had sweat out everything that was in my system because the suit was 99 percent polyester. I was definitely on some heat exhaustion high while I was up there. By the time I had that suit on for 30 minutes, I was more just trying not to pass out.
Are you a big Waka fan?
I listened to a lot of his songs before. I was always a fan, but this definitely elevated his status a little bit.
Anything to add?
I definitely encourage underclassmen to do anything that feels uncomfortable or may seem weird, because those are opportunities you’ll never have again. I’d like to thank Amazon for having one-day shipping and a rooster costume.
Images via Colin Duffy ’15.