Posts Tagged ‘Waka Flocka Flame’

“When I like my ignorance, I like¬†my ignorance¬†really ignorant…[but] not in a Waka Flocka way.”


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Atlanta’s three-day A3C¬†Festival ended¬†last¬†Saturday. On the first day, Jean Grae¬†chilled out in the¬†media room a few hours¬†before her set on Thursday night (October 7). Ms. Grae¬†hung out¬†for close to an hour, and like any group of¬†Hip-Hoppers, we all got into a good discussion on the industry and some of¬†her peers in Nicki Minaj, Waka Flocka, and Jay Electronica. Unfortunately, around the 13:30 mark¬†when she begins talking about her new album, Cake or Death, her¬†voice gets a muffled due to sound checks from the stage. Even though a¬†photographer in this clip bemoans¬†why¬†Jean hasn’t found stardom, it’s¬†readily apparent she’s very comfortable with her spot.

Catch up¬†with Hip-Hop’s very own super-heroine.

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Atlanta’s own Drumma Boy recently sat down for an interview with one of my good colleagues in¬†Miss Ls. Drumma got a nod for Producer of the Year at BET’s Hip-Hop Awards (October 12)¬†courtesy of his work with year with Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka and Young Jeezy. In this clip, he talks about his upcoming R&B work with Goapele, Marsha Ambrosius and Mary J. Blige. Fun fact, “No Hands” only took 15 minutes to make. Check out the full interview and my homegirl¬†Miss Ls’s site.

Gotham Green and Quickie Mart feat. Planet Asia “Game Change”











I’m a big fan of the late, former Temptations singer¬†Eddie Kendricks. So anytime a Hip-Hopper samples him, I’m almost certain to like it. Gotham Green and Quickie Mart deliver that satisfaction¬†on their latest single off the Haze Diaries Vol. 3. Planet Asia also comes through for a guest verse. Extra kudos to Quickie Mart for the sample flip and adding some different arrangements from what others (including Alicia Keys) have done with it.



I haven’t finalized my opinion yet on Waka Flocka Flame’s debut album Flockaveli, which dropped this past Tuesday (October 5). But there are a few points I’m sure of. One, it’s not the classic he assured me it was when I met him at the BET Hip Hop Awards (what a surprise…). And two, it’s damn¬†good workout music. Form your own opinion on its worth based in this video for the song that kicks off the album, “Bustin’ At ‘Em.”



If you haven’t picked up Bilal’s new album Airtight’s Revenge, please hit up iTunes now and¬†add another good LP¬†to your collection. Bilal is back and this album is rightfully making some positive noise with critics and fans. Need more info on his direction? Check out the Beats, Boxing & Mayhem interview.

BET executive Stephen G. Hill has reached out to Atlanta’s Waka Flocka Flame to make amends for a Twitter rant yesterday criticizing the rapper’s award show performance.

Waka Flocka performed an improvised version of “Hard in the Paint” and “No Hands” with Roscoe Dash. Flocka broke from his rehearsal on Thursday (September 30) by jumping in the crowd and running the aisles. During the stunt, Waka¬†failed to rap much on his verses, creating a huge editing problem for BET ‘s production team after heavily promoting the performance for their national broadcast.

Stephen Hill, who is Vice President of BET’s music and programming department, heavily chastised Waka Flocka’s behavior in multiple Twitter posts last night.

“BET Hip-Hop Awards. The show was going so well…and then Waka Flak-ed. Yeah. I said it,” Hill tweeted. “Waka. Flocka. Flamed. Out. like it or not,he’s popular. Wanted to give a shot #mistake.”

Waka Flocka retaliated specifically at Hill, but refrained from making any negative remarks about BET as a whole.

“Ima¬†let fans know the inside of this lame game yall call rap they want u to don’t b ya self N x u out 4 being a real nigga … pussy HILL [sic],” Flocka wrote on his own Twitter page. “How the fuck u invite Waka Flocka and hate when i jump N the crowd to connect more wit fans and friends ….. #rappers R robots lol…I THAK [sic]¬†BET AS A WHOLE …..99% SHOULD I SAY ……ITS JUST THAT 1% IS A DUCK ASS NIGGA…I KNO [sic]¬†KIDS HATE WHEN THEY PARENTS GET ON TWITTER AND ACT LAME IS FUCK.”

Later, it was determined that a DJ miscue with the wrong song caused Flocka’s improvisation, not disregard for the rehearsed set. Once made aware of¬†this, hill extended conciliatory words directly to Flocka and offered a closed-door sitdown to clear the air.

“Let’s you and me talk. Bring your manager. I should NOT have sent that first text,” Hill admitted, “But there’s some learning here. You in?”

At press time, Waka Flocka Flame has not verified if he agreed to Stephen G. Hill’s request. His debut album, Flockaveli, comes out Tuesday (October 5).

The BET Hip Hop Awards 2010 airs on October 12.


Twitter,¬†while a¬†great tool for networking, has become a place where a lot of Hip-Hop artists have embarrassed themselves and engaged in acts that¬†are amusingly deemed “fuckery” amongst fans. Now, it appears even executives are getting drawn into the nonsense.

I understand why Hill got upset. When you’re in management, there’s immense pressure on you from the higher-ups and those immediately below you. In Hill’s case, he’s the buffer between the artists¬†and BET. I can just imagine that headache, and no matter what he’ll always have to take the blame.

With that said, an executive with his experience should have known better than to air grievances like that in¬†public, especially preceding the actual airing of the show. They were tweets you’d expect from a blogger, not a middle-aged, executive VP of a multi-million dollar¬†company.

Regarding Waka Flocka Flame, I met him for the first time yesterday. From that meeting I can tell you he’s a guy that thrives on instinct and emotions, so his response to Hill was not surprising. But I’m sure his management team will take Hill up on his offer.

Who’d of thought the next mini-beef in Hip-Hop would be¬†started by a BET exec?

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The BET Hip Hop Awards 2010 is over and off to post-production editing. The annual Atlanta event draws most of the big names in urban music for a weekend of partying and networking. This was my second year covering the event for, so I knew to arrive very early. The city of Atlanta had other events like an important Atlanta Braves baseball game that added to the ridiculous amount of traffic. Luckily, BET improved this year by supplying a shuttle for media, since every street within a 2-3 block radius was blocked off.

The carpet opened promptly at 2:30 and lasted until close to 5PM. Early on things went smooth. Artists were escorted by their publicists one by one slowly across the line to speak with selected media outlets. But soon, the easygoing pace morphed into organized chaos as more artists and media arrived. Still, the BET volunteers and black carpet escorts were an immense help in getting interviews secured. Below are some of the interesting, and sometimes humorous quotes I got from some of the attendees.

The actual show airs on October 12 at 8PM. Be sure to check out additional coverage of the show.


Best Cypher Peformer She’s Seen So Far: “I’d have to say Cory Gunz. That was a few years ago but he killed it.”

Next Project: “Being that I’m not going to rush an album, I’m going to give my fans an EP. I’ll definitely be working with different producers, even underground.”

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On his return to form: “Now I’m where I need to be at. I’ve been in shape [lyrically] the last three years. Still a chubby gangster, though.”

Predicting Floyd Mayweather¬†vs. Manny Paquiao: “Wow, I’m riding with Floyd. I think Floyd is our Muhammad Ali of today.”

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DJ Greg Street and journalist Chloe Hilliard on the Upcoming BET’s Top 10 Rappers of the 21st Century Show

Chloe: “What I said about Lil Wayne, you’ll have to see the whole thing. The teaser was to entice you.”

Greg Street: “She said Weezy was the greatest!”

Chloe: “I will not confirm nor deny that!”

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On today’s DJ: “I think we get more respect. It started with the DJ, but we’re kind of being recognized for that [now]. With sales and everything, artists need as much help as possible, so it’s been taken back to the DJ.”


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Next mixtape: “I’m coming out with a dedication to Paul McCartney called Yesterday’s Future. So it’s a lot more ambitious than the last one.”

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Two albums in six months: “0-60¬†is coming out November 23, my first album for Interscope. After that, I’m going to be releasing an album in March [2011] called Radioactive.”

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New album coming October 5: “Flockaveli on October 5,get it! [Buy] one for the car, one for the house, and one in plastic. Flockaveli is a classic!”

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On new album in early 2011: “We don’t have to prove anything, but we want people to know what it really is. We’re going to keep working hard so people don’t think we’re just a jerk dance phase.”

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On his next album: “You’ve never heard music like this. You’ve never heard this side of me. It’s gonna be one of the best albums of 2010-2011. I guarantee it. You are the average of the five people you are around. When you add up my five people you get Polow¬†Da Don, Stakeboard¬†P, Timbaland, Jimmy Iovine and myself.”

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On working with Kanye West: “I listend to the finished product and that really opened my mind. I don’t even want to say as a rapper, just as a musician. It really opens your mind to different sounds, drum kicks and all of that.”

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Top 5 Dead Or Alive: “Jay-Z, Nas, Tupac, Biggie, and Kanye West.”

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Top 5 Dead Or Alive: “Tupac, Biggie, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Ice Cube. I say that because they all played a role in inspiring artists to get out there and make something for themselves, and that you can achieve you dreams.”

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Emcees that kept him focused lyrically: ” That’s a good one, it was never really one person. It was different people like Jay-Z, Nas, Biggie, Tupac, and Outkast. Those type of artists that were hot from the perspective of doing their thing lyrically. Those guys kept me on my toes.”

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Waka Flocka Flame and Gucci Mane were on hand in Queens this past weekend to hand out school supplies as a part of 50 Cent’s second annual 40 Day event.

The G Unit sponsored event made national headlines last year when 50 took hundreds of children from his Southside Jamaica Queens neighborhood to Six Flags and held a private concert.

Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka’s relationship has been the source of media speculation for weeks¬†following a Vibe interview where Flocka said there was “no relationship” between them due to Gucci’s management¬†dismissal of Flocka’s mother Debra Antney. In subsequent interviews, Antney vehemently denied there was any tension despite Vibe posting audio from their interview. Earlier this month, Gucci Mane walked out of an interview with Richmond’s Power 92.1 when he was asked about a brewing Waka Flocka “beef.”

In addition to helping children, the 40 Day event served as a public display of unity between the pair. 

New Brick Squad affiliate French Montana was also on hand to participate.

Before moving to Atlanta as a teenager, Waka Flocka was originally a resident of Queens’ northside.

Footage can be seen below.

Every few months your bound to see a YouTube with a group of “real Bloods” from LA claiming that rappers and other cities are disrespecting their sets by appropriating a culture they don’t understand. Usually it’s rappers who get the most venom, as they’re seen as the ones who mostly use gang life as a passing fad. Yet, usually when these rappers shoot videos out in LA they’re embraced, as seen in the new Waka Flocka video for “Hard in the Paint.” Now whether this is genuine love, or paid for passes, is anyone’s guess.

Despite not having an album release date in sight, Waka has been able to thrive by crafting catchy street singles. Can he keep this up for the foreseeable future, or will he eventually start to cool off like OJ da Juiceman? We’ll shall have to wait to see. Personally,I believe artists like Flocka are better served NOT to make albums. It’s difficult to imagine his style translasting well over 12-14 songs.

Charles Hamilton Gets Chi-Town Love

Since Charles Hamilton hit the news here recently, a young emcee out of Chicago named ProbCause decided to run with his “Brooklyn Girls” concept for the¬†song “Chicago Girls.” ProbCause has two under albums under his belt already with Bonafyde Recordings and a live band EP. He’s pushing to drop a new album before the end of summer called Spring Cleaning.

ProbCause- Chicago Girls

Here’s a mashup of songs off¬†the forthcoming Spring Cleaning album¬†to give you an idea of if he’s your cup of tea.

It’s been a breakout year for Mississippi’s Big K.R.I.T. With the ink still drying on his new deal with Def Jam, and accolades still coming from his¬†K.R.I.T. Wuz¬†Here mixtape,¬†K.R.I.T. is already a few tracks deep into a new collaborative tape with Yelawolf called Country Cu$$inz. Here¬†is their leaked first offering.

Big K.R.I.T. and Yelawolf- Hometown Hero Remix

Royce da 5’9 stated today on his Twitter recently¬†that he is free of beef, despite his latest Bar Exam 3 mixtape¬†throwing shots at Saigon. This quick freestyle has Royce in¬†good form while tackling anonymous wack emcees.

Royce da 5’9- Walking in the Rain Freestyle


It’s no secret that the visibility of female emcees have been steadily declining for several years now. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t women doing their thing away from the bright lights. Take Zane One, who I discovered by accident¬†a few days ago while browsing a publicist’s portfolio. Based out of Los Angeles, her bio reads that she is a the daughter of a pastor/poet, and has been living Hip-Hop culture¬†for the last 20 years. In 2009 she dropped an album entitled L.A. Woman and also has a Myspace to check out for further music.