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DJ Khaled performed at this weekend’s Overwatch League Finals. The fans were not having it, not even when he yelled “Overwatch me!”
Fans who gathered at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Centre this weekend to watch the Overwatch League’s New York Excelsior and London Spitfire duke it out in the League Finals were also graced by the musical stylings of DJ Khaled.
They didn’t seem to be that into him. Then again, it wasn’t clear if he was that into Overwatch.
For those who don’t know who Khaled is, he’s the producer who treated us all to the inspired idea of just taking the fantastic instrumental from Santana’s “Maria Maria” and replacing The Product G&B’s vocals with Rihanna.
Is it smart, thoughtful music? No. But I am not going to argue with Rihanna saying “I know you wanna get me nakey nakey naked.”
As a producer, Khaled relies on a multitude of guest verses and features to make his music pop. He did not have those when he performed at the Overwatch League Finals. Even if he did, I’m not sure the people there to watch esports would have been receptive to him. Sure he’s a big name, but he did not seem to know what the event he was performing at was all about and had a hard time connecting with his audience.
Gaze upon Khaled attempting to get the audience to put their hands in the air:
Fans also took issue with his attempt at dancing:
to summarize the dj khaled performance pic.twitter.com/zYnjwmvbTN
— kyle? (@zens_balls) 28 July 2018
Sill thinkin bout DJ Khaled yelling out “Overwatch me!!” in the middle of playing Wild Thoughts before hitting the most fatigued two-step to a completely lost audience
— chris kindred (@itskindred) 29 July 2018
This was a severe mismatch between performer and audience. At least the rest of us can get some good jokes out of it.
the crowd gets louder for a 2k dva bomb than it does for dj khaled and that? that’s beautiful
— ? (@shutupcal) 28 July 2018
DJ Khaled: Make some noise!
Anti-social gamers: *confused murmuring*#OWl2018
— Andrew (@ReptileHand) 28 July 2018
when you want to watch overwatch but dj khaled says ANOTHER ONE pic.twitter.com/iRBjvrfZ69
— brandito (@brandito_OW) 28 July 2018
Blizzard really did just give DJ Khaled the Overwatch League stage to show off his new album but Zenyatta still has no lore.
— Chwistopher (@Loudwindow) 28 July 2018
why invite dj khaled to open up overwatch league finals when rap god miro is like right there in front of everyone’s eyes
— raagavi ? (@symmetraas) 25 July 2018
dj khaled is performing for the overwatch league finals and i feel that i missed a golden opportunity to make a sign that says “oral sex is good, actually”
— Ashley Oh (@itsashleyoh) 28 July 2018
— Brett Banditelli (@banditelli) 29 July 2018