waka flocka feature
Tomorrow (June 12), Waka Flocka will be dropping his sophomore album, Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family. The disc follows up his October 2010 debut, Flockaveli, 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. —XXL Staff (@XXL)
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Why It's Essential: While the remix yielded just as much of airplay as the original, Waka's club smash solidified his stance as a hitmaker.
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Why It's Essential: YMCMB and Bricksquad connect to unleash a ball of fire on this bleeding joint.
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Why It's Essential: Forget the toe tags, Waka and his Bricksquad cohorts stuff the competition in 'body bags' on this fiery banger.
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Why It's Essential: 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.
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Why It's Essential: Besides bragging about having a whole lot of money and chicks, Flockaveli serves up another club smash.
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Why It's Essential: 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.
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Why It's Essential: Waka delivers a block anthem on the tumultuous Flockaveli banger.
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Why It's Essential: As if the original wasn't enough, Waka brings in Diddy and Ross for one memorable remix--thanks to Diddy's scene-stealing verse.
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Why It's Essential: The ATLien proves his mainstream appeal on this certified gold single, that topped the Billboard Rap Songs charts and peaked at No. 13 on the Hot 100.
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Why It's Essential: 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.
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Why It's Essential: 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.
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Why It's Essential: With all the haters and frienemies lurking in the grass, Waka fires some shots their way.
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Why It's Essential: 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.
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Why It's Essential: Waka has a thing for that gun sound and proves why over this riotous anthem produced by Southside.
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Why It's Essential: Waka shoots first and ask questions last over this heat rock produced by Lex Luger.
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Why It's Essential: 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.
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Why It's Essential: With one of the few solo songs from his debut, Waka promises that he will do any and everything for his peoples.
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Why It's Essential: Easily, and by far, one of Waka's notable mixtape records.
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Why It's Essential: Triple F Life's tantalizing first single displays the Bricksquad general's penchant for churning out hits.
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Why It's Essential: Just like the former MTV series of the same name, MGK recruits Flocka for one boisterous anthem dedicated to all the live wires alike.
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Why It's Essential: Waka held his own on the star-studded remix, as he closed out the song and made his case for Rookie of the Year.
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Why It's Essential: 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.
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Why It's Essential: This mixtape cut was something like a manifesto for the dreadlocked rapper, as he made it his business to feed the streets.
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Why It's Essential: Ludacris enlisted Waka to add a specific boisterousness to this mixtape cut that’s sure to get the party going.
Why It's Essential: After earning comparisons to Waka for things like his sound, ad libs, and hair, Chief Keef hopped on this song alongside his stylistic predecessor.