Waka Flocka Flame is a solidified hip-hop powerhouse. His music electrifies clubs and when he travels to perform, a rambunctious legion of fans is sure to sell out the venues. After dominating the charts with the popular “Round of Applause,” Flocka’s life has resembled an extreme rollercoaster.
As he gears up to release “Triple F Life,” Flocka took a much-needed rest from his life as a music hustler to interview with Complex Magazine about his influence, what awaits him in the future, and how he revitalized hip-hop’s sound. Never one to bite his tongue, Flocka also used the space to bust subliminal shots at other hip-hop figures.
Here are highlights from the explosive interview:
On Rick Ross and MMG: This nigga out here making 30 fucking songs with your sound. He watering it down, just putting words together that sounded good. Sht would be harder if it was the truth.
That shit made me tight. “Niggas built labels off our sound—like, literally. You know how many niggas sound like Lex Luger and Southside? I go in niggas’ studios, all their beats sound like my producers. I be like, what the fuck?”
On H.A.M..: “What are y’all gonna say now? Jay-Z stupid as hell? My sound is wack? You gonna say that? They love the sound. They can’t run away from it. That shit re-sparked niggas’ careers.”
On Rejuvenating Hip-Hop: My sound put life into a lot of people’s careers. I feel like my sound changed hip-hop. Period. It’s crazy when I came out with it everybody laughed at it, but the next year everybody’s doing it. They getting credit for the shit you started. You be like, damn, how is this nigga a genius for doing something I started?”
On Long-Term Goals: “My end goal? I’m just an artist working towards a catalog of excellent songs. I’ll have an angle when I have, like, 10 good singles. Then we’ll have a conversation about what’s my angle. If I don’t got 10 good singles, then what the fuck I need an angle for? I’m just a nigga making music.
On Best Friend’s Death: “I felt like that was my Christmas present. We had a crazy year and you offer that? A corpse, my nigga? Going from calling that nigga, doing shows, going to studios, going shopping, from partying to playing basketball, getting him anything—any simple thing—to none of that. That shit is over with. Like, rap? That shit was a dream we had; not that I had. That shit crazy.”
Check out the full interview with Complex here.
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