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Waka Flocka Flame on Changing the Sound of Hip-Hop & Friendly Competition

Two years after stomping his way into the game with 2010’s belligerent debut, Flockaveli—which produced successful singles in “Oh Let’s Do It,” “Hard in the Paint,” and the certified platinum, “No Hands”—Brick Squad general Waka Flocka Flame is looking to once and for all prove his freshman effort was no fluke. Waka’s sophomore disc, Triple F Life: Friends, Fans, and Family is set to hit stores June 12th. If the album’s two lead singles “Round of Applause” fearuing Drake and the recently released, “I Don’t Really Care”  with Trey Songz, are any indication, Triple F Life is poised for another solid LP. recently sat down with Waka to speak on Flockaveli changing the sound of hip-hop, why competing on tracks is lame and partnering with PETA, among other things.—Ralph Bristout (@XXLRalph) Coming off the success of Flockaveli, how did you approach crafting this new LP?

Waka Flocka: My album Flockaveli had a lot of controversy. A lot of people [were] sayin’ that [the album wasn’t] what it was supposed to be. I dissected Flockaveli. I put it out and waited out another year. I skipped a year without droppin’ another album ’cause I wanted to see who [out there was] really chasin’ my sound and I feel like Flockaveli really changed the sound of hip-hop. A lot of people went against it, but if you go against it, your music was goin’ to just drift off, but if you [went] with the sound, it [would] pick it up to a different sound. So coming’ off Flockaveli, I think that was a good introduction. So I ain’t wanna hurry up and bounce back and go wood, so I had to get my mind back right and get off my high hat. I ain’t wanna be rappin’ like I’m feelin’ myself, so I still had to get back hungry. So I put myself back on that stage. Everyday I wake up I think like a broke nigga. That’s my mentality. Like I’m broke, I’m hungry everyday. That’s my mentality and that’s how it is. I love it though.

Coming off of Lock Out with French Montana and other tapes, how do you go about creating tracks for a mixtape and for an album?

Honestly, ain’t no different from a mixtape track to an album track, ’cause it’s a lot of mixtape tracks I should put on my album. I treat every tape I put out like an album, so professionally I got two albums, but to me, I got like 10 of them. I [just] try to go hard every time even if it’s a feature that someone up the street paid me for. So I’m gonna treat it like an album verse every time.

What was it like creating Lock Out with your boy French Montana?

Honestly, like when I’m on songs with rappers, I tend not to compete with [them]. I think that shit is lame as hell honestly. I can’t compete with nobody ’cause when I compete with a person, it’s like slick hatin’. On the same token like if I’m fuckin’ with somebody, we just goin’ hard together. Our chemistry gotta feed off of each other. Lock Out tape, that shit was crazy. French my nigga. Plus he needed some light shed on him. By that tape doing that, look at my nigga’s situation. So I feel grateful for that. Wale, Roscoe Dash, Machine Gun Kelly, it’s just [about] helpin’ everybody. If I got some light, ’cause I feel like they my generation, why not shed some light on them.

You also did that “Wild Boy” joint with MGK, how did that collaboration happen?

Honestly, I just went to one of his shows at S.O.B.’s. I just went to his show because people kept tellin’ me, “Yo it’s this kid name MGK, he hard as shit” and I seen his YouTube shit [so I was like], “Yo let’s check out his performance.” His shit was just hard. After that we [both] went to the studio and he was like, “I got this record called “Wild Boy,” I heard it and [immediately] jumped right on it. Movie.

That video looked like a movie too.

Oh yeah, hella fun. It was cra—zy.


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