Waka Flocka’s 25 Most Essential Songs

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    Waka Flocka's 25 Most Essential Songs
    Tomorrow (June 12), Waka Flocka will be dropping his sophomore album, <em>Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family</em>. The disc follows up his October 2010 debut, <em>Flockaveli</em>, which introduced his energy and aggression-focused style to the masses. In the time since, he's solidified himself as a fan and fellow rapper favorite, making music hard enough to ride around to which also remaining exciting. Between his mixtape cuts, features, and two albums, Waka has plenty of bangers in the catalog of his short career. Here, check out his 25 most essential songs. —<em>XXL Staff</em> (<a href="https://twitter.com/#!/XXL" target="_blank">@XXL</a>)
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    "Oh Let's Do It," <em>Flockaveli</em> (2010)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> While the remix yielded just as much of airplay as the original, Waka's club smash solidified his stance as a hitmaker.<object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/qMtJS8jGnt8?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/qMtJS8jGnt8?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    "Young Money Brick Squad" featuring Gudda Gudda, <em>America's Most Wanted</em> (2010)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> YMCMB and Bricksquad connect to unleash a ball of fire on this bleeding joint.<object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/oBCf72OJpn0?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/oBCf72OJpn0?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    "Body Bags" Wooh Da Kid featuring Waka Flocka Flame & Bo Deal, <em>Body Bag</em> (2010)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> Forget the toe tags, Waka and his Bricksquad cohorts stuff the competition in 'body bags' on this fiery banger.<object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/3zl_D-WkDAw?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/3zl_D-WkDAw?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    “Racks (Remix)” YC featuring Young Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, Waka Flocka, CyHi Da Prynce, Bun B, B.o.B, Yo Gotti, Wale, Cory Gunz, Cory Mo, Nelly, Twista, Trae The Truth & Ace Hood (2011)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> For this remix that featured just about every rapper, Waka stepped out of his comfort zone and into the norm for this particular joint, as he added some auto-tune to his vocals. <br /><object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/CImIzRkkoXo?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/CImIzRkkoXo?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    "Grove St. Party," <em>Flockaveli</em> (2010)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> Besides bragging about having a <em>whole lot of money</em> and chicks, Flockaveli serves up another club smash.<object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/YJ_B2EVoslI?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/YJ_B2EVoslI?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    “I Don’t Really Care” featuring Trey Songz, <em>Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family</em> (2012)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> Teaming with Trey Songz for the second single from his sophomore album, the Warner Bros. signee proved that he could make club records that didn’t make people want to get into fights, too. <br /><object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/-cVp_ow2KTA?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/-cVp_ow2KTA?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    "Hard in Da Paint," <em>Flockaveli</em> (2010)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> Waka delivers a block anthem on the tumultuous <em>Flockaveli</em> banger.<object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/wZ9gzp1AL88?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/wZ9gzp1AL88?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    "O Lets Do It (Remix)" featuring Diddy, Rick Ross and Gucci Mane, <em>Flockaveli</em> (2010)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> As if the original wasn't enough, Waka brings in Diddy and Ross for one memorable remix--thanks to Diddy's scene-stealing verse.<object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/9xg6DUQGky0?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/9xg6DUQGky0?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    "No Hands" featuring Wale & Roscoe Dash, <em>Flockaveli</em> (2010)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> The ATLien proves his mainstream appeal on this certified gold single, that topped the <em>Billboard</em> Rap Songs charts and peaked at No. 13 on the Hot 100.<object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Db3aHcOU4m4?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Db3aHcOU4m4?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    “Bussin (Remix)” Trouble featuring Waka Flocka, Yo Gotti and Trae Tha Truth, <em>December 17th</em> (2011)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> Trouble brought together some of the hardest out from an array of hoods for the remix to his hostile cut. The cops even tried to shut down the video shoot, to no avail.<br /><object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/9s-CvFozTfU?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/9s-CvFozTfU?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    “Rooster In My Rari,” <em>Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family</em> (2012)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> Partially playful, partially belligerent, this cut from Waka’s new album brings a side of him flipping words a bit quicker than fans are used to. <br /><object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/esGVZ0rqFYw?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/esGVZ0rqFYw?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    "Snakes in the Grass" featuring Cartier Kitten, <em>Flockaveli</em> (2010)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> With all the haters and frienemies lurking in the grass, Waka fires some shots their way.<object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/9kj_R7up60I?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/9kj_R7up60I?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    “Rollin’” Gunplay featuring Waka Flocka, <em>Inglorious Bastard</em> (2011)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> For this unlikely hit, Waka lent a helping hand to Gunplay, as the two combined their unique energies for one of the more energetic bangers of 2011.<br /><object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/cq_3rdnEODs?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/cq_3rdnEODs?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    "Luv Dem Gun Sounds," <em>Lebron Flocka James</em> (2010)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> Waka has a thing for that gun sound and proves why over this riotous anthem produced by Southside.<object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/YlwJyYtJ5sg?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/YlwJyYtJ5sg?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    "Bustin At Em," <em>Flockaveli</em> (2010)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> Waka <em>shoots first and ask questions last</em> over this heat rock produced by Lex Luger.<object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/YGh0yVtQbLA?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/YGh0yVtQbLA?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    “Temptation (Remix)” Big K.R.I.T. featuring Juicy J and Waka Flocka (2012)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> In what could be deemed as an unlikely collaboration, Waka hopped on this Krizzle song where he put his focus on two favorites: getting women and money. <br /><object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/2ZuCD2m8aZU?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/2ZuCD2m8aZU?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    “For My Dawgs,” <em>Flockaveli</em> (2010)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> With one of the few solo songs from his debut, Waka promises that he will do any and everything for his peoples. <br /><object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/RPmIn0iD_mA?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/RPmIn0iD_mA?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    "All I Need," <em>Salute Me Or Shoot Me 3</em> (2011)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> Easily, and by far, one of Waka's notable mixtape records.<object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/-1xgH0iPjgo?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/-1xgH0iPjgo?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360” allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    "Round of Applause" featuring Drake, <em>Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family</em> (2011)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> <em>Triple F Life</em>'s tantalizing first single displays the Bricksquad general's penchant for churning out hits.<object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/pLjV2srINKA?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/pLjV2srINKA?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    "Wild Boy" Machine Gun Kelly ft. Waka Flocka Flame, <em>Half Naked & Almost Famous</em> (2011)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> Just like the former MTV series of the same name, MGK recruits Flocka for one boisterous anthem dedicated to all the live wires alike.<object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/v1sVQyMb0ic?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/v1sVQyMb0ic?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    “Welcome To My Hood (Remix)” DJ Khaled featuring T-Pain, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Mavado, Birdman, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Game, Jadakiss, Bun B & Waka Flocka, <em>We The Best Forever</em> (2011)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> Waka held his own on the star-studded remix, as he closed out the song and made his case for Rookie of the Year. <br /><object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/SXp_Qws1fjE?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/SXp_Qws1fjE?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    “Choppa Choppa Down” French Montana featuring Waka Flocka (2010)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> Flocka joined forces with French Montana to load up some heavy artillery on this song that helped bring some more attention to French’s name.<br /><object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/0RrCROBdNp0?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/0RrCROBdNp0?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    “Bringing Gangsta Back” <em>Salute Me Or Shoot Me 3</em> (2011)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> This mixtape cut was something like a manifesto for the dreadlocked rapper, as he made it his business to feed the streets. <br /><object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Ba3SO5WDwYs?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Ba3SO5WDwYs?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    “Rich & Flexin” Ludacris featuring Waka Flocka, <em>1.21 Gigawatts: Back To The First Time</em> (2011)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> Ludacris enlisted Waka to add a specific boisterousness to this mixtape cut that’s sure to get the party going.<br /><object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ngqyzOv6rt0?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ngqyzOv6rt0?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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    “Murda” Bo Deal featuring Waka Flocka and Chief Keef, <em>The Chicago Code 3</em> (2012)
    <strong>Why It's Essential:</strong> After earning comparisons to Waka for things like his sound, ad libs, and hair, Chief Keef hopped on this song alongside his stylistic predecessor. <br /><object width="620" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/iu__5RQgiGI?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/iu__5RQgiGI?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • Tic706

    I mean are they really “essential”? Or are is it just really 25 of his songs?

  • ra

    the cd is tight 4/5…well rounded,not better than Flockaveli.

  • http://XXL JEFF225

    r.i.p lil phat

  • guest1

    This feature is poorly written. The reader should know why each song is essential not to his career in a few sentences not just a one liner telling us Waka could make a club smash. Of course he can make a club record but why was each song “essential”. O let’s do it introduced him to the masses and Hard in the Paint proved he wasn’t just a YC or Party Boyz aka one hit wonder. If you are going to do a list like this then explain why each song is on the list. This is a magazine site not mediatakeout.com

  • RATM

    Man this list was fucking BAD
    looks like the person who made this just searched waka flocka in youtube and picked the songs from the first page
    barely any bangers from his mixtapes, come on son

  • Doupik

    Where’s ShawtBusShawty?
    LOL :-D

  • no

    waddabout we mobb. shit ws fucking fire and prooves his lyrics can be some hood shit

  • Tope Olaleye

    yo that nigguh “guest 1″ i agree with that nigga doe