Summer Sensations 2010: Waka Flocka Flame
Taken under Gucci Mane‘s wing to learn the ropes of the music business, Waka Flocka Flame (born Joaquin Malphurs) surprised himself with how easy he took to rapping.
Self-described as a mix between Eazy-E, Lil Jon and Gucci, Waka’s goal with music is to get people crunk and make girls dance. Sounds simple enough, but it’s a far different goal than what he might have had growing up. Originally from New York, Waka relocated to Riverdale, GA when he was nine years old, over a decade before his professional music career materialized.
“Swear to God, I like drug dealers and basketball players when I was growing up,” Waka says of his childhood role models. “It was either sell drugs or play basketball.” But now an entirely different set of doors has been opened for him, and he feels it’s important to let others experience his life through lyrics. “It’s just a struggle. You gotta make people believe in what you went through in life. You gotta emphasize that and make them feel it, and at the same time make it entertaining.”
With a clear purpose behind his music, Waka is presently working on the double-disc sequel to his debut project. He’s also contributing to the 1017 Brick Squad mixtape, a group consisting of Gucci Mane, OJ Da Juiceman, Waka, Wooh the Kid, Frenchie and more.
“We’re like the new N.W.A,” Waka says. And even while comparing his labelmates to the legendary group, Waka explains why he’s doing so well as a solo artist. “I’m in my own lane. I’m rapping my own way, doin’ my own thing. I guess the s*it I say touched so many people that they f*ck with me.”
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