Hearing "Tolerated," the collaboration single among Girl Talk, Freeway and Waka Flocka Flame, is like knocking a glass of water off your nightstand. At first you can't believe it happened—you're kind of indignant, even—but then you realize it was inevitable.
The song itself is kind of negligible. Freeway complains that he thinks he has "tolerated all the hate I can stand/ flip flops and drugs, Afghanistan, marching band." Waka Flocka appears and threatens to shoot us with a machine gun and/or hit us over the head with a lamppost while we are out walking the streets. Freeway comes back, still disappointed in our ongoing hatred. Exeunt.
I note this tepid affair because it closes the gap between EDM and southern rap. Girl Talk is a producer best known for copyright-bending mashups and extremely fun live shows. Waka is best known for dumb raps heard in parking lots of strip clubs, and Freeway is not known. All three artists make silly music for parties, and only racial paradigms have kept their genres apart. I like dance, southern rap and both kinds of trap, because I like fun. "Tolerated" is not such a wild ride, but it augurs fun to come.