XXcLusive: DJ Holiday Speaks on Waka Flocka Flame’s Recovery

Gucci Mane associate Waka Flocka Flame was shot in the arm on Tuesday (January 19) in his hometown of Atlanta during a botched robbery attempt. XXLMag.com caught up with DJ Holiday, a longtime associate of the So Icey camp, to find out how the 23-year-old rapper, born Juaqin Malphurs, is recuperating.

Holiday has been in the hospital to visit Flocka over the last two days, and he’s optimistic on the the up-and comer’s condition.

“He’s actually responding better,” the mixtape king told XXL. “He got shot in the arm and the other one hit him in the shoulder and it moved around and hit him [near his] lung…so he has a hard time breathing and moving.”

“The bullet is lodged on the right side of his chest up under his arm,” he continued, “and that’s where the most trauma was.”

Despite the situation, Holiday says Waka hasn’t lost his sense of humor. “He’s a tough dude,” he said, “[and] he make jokes about it.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that an unknown man attacked the rap rookie at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday while he was washing his car at the Bubble Bath Car Wash on Old National Highway.

“The guy approached him and he asked him for his jewelry,” Holiday said. “And he gave it to him but somewhere in the middle of that they kind of got into a tussle. The guy fled and shot twice before he left.”

Police are currently seeking the assailant, who they say has several distinguishing marks. He is described as being a black man in his early 20s with a dollar sign tattoo on his left cheek and four circles and three squares tattooed between his eyebrows.

Holiday says that Waka is surrounded by family and friends in the hospital, as well as 24-hour security. His mother, Debra Antney—the CEO of So Icey/Mizay Entertainment and manager to Gucci Mane and Nikki Minaj—is constantly by his side. “Gucci calls everyday to check in on him,” Holiday added.

Waka recently gained notoriety for his club hit “O Lets Do It.” The song, which was remixed by a long list of rappers including Lil Wayne, Ludacris and Rick Ross, among others, was included on his debut mixtape, ironically titled Salute Me or Shoot Me, Vol. 1. The rapper, who is a part of Gucci’s 1017 Brick Squad with OJ Da Juiceman, was also featured on the incarcerated phenom’s major label debut The State Vs. Radric Davis.

Stay tuned to XXLMag.com as the story develops. —Jesse Gissen

  • AZ40

    i guess its a departure from rappers who get “robbed” and shot for publicity in leg or toe

    • da truf

      anyone here see the sopranos where treach got shot on purpose to get publicity?…
      Just sayin.

      • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

        Dawg. i thought that exact same shit. that shit was funny as hell. LOL. i love the sopranos.

      • Boss

        BRA get real flocka dat nigga. and you need to get robbed for you chain nigga

    • gabby

      k

  • weedsteeler

    first!
    weedsteeler.com broke this shit the night it happened.
    yall sleepn.
    old news browe.

    • kid savage

      waka flaka flame is da shit bitch who eva shot my mans is gon get some real hot shit to mothafuckin chest yea bitch dis coming from kid savage bitch say ^ waka

  • Irony

    Lmao his mixtape was called salute me or shoot me!!!!

    • Trap sh*t

      Man salute me means put that B up aint if u dnt do that sh*t u might wana shoot me before i kill u man wat yall kno bout that sh*t

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  • http://www.jamal7mile.blogspot.com Jamal7Mile

    Damn! Although I’m not a fan of his music or message, I don’t wish that on any man. Dude with 4 circles and 3 squares between his eyebrows and a dollar sign on his cheek needs to look into wearing a mask at the next gig. Your freedom is almost up, dummy.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com 615banga

    lol @ the guy approached and asked him for his jewelry and he gave it to him

  • http://www.bboycult.com $ykotic/Don McCaine

    The sad part is that n*ggas are gonna idolize this dude over this incident.

  • mav

    lmao at salute me or shoot me this nigga must know he wack as hell i hope niggas dont start thinkin he extra real,but thats probably whatll happen just like 50

  • Scottie ”D”

    Seriously? Salute me or Shoot me? It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. This cat will probably look at it as a career move.

  • young gutta

    aint dis da same dude dissin, niggaz for gettin robbed?
    an now he gettin robbed an he wuz givin his shit up?
    floka u a fukin character nigga!!!
    gucci needa quit fukin wit dis busta!

  • sc shawty

    This is crazy…this nigga just got shot and people still dissin him, thats fucked up. You may not like his music but he is a human being and this should never be wished on by anybody. Just b/c he is going ok now doesnt mean anything. He still has a bullet lodged in his chest. Have a heart damn! Get well wacka!!

  • OMERTA34

    THAT NIGGA IS HOT HE TOLD THE POLICE THAT HE HAD THIS TAT AND THAT TAT HE A F@&KING RAT BASTARD

  • http://myspace j.dubb

    mann yall stoopid az fuck waka go hard and i hope u recover mah nigga…

  • thagift007

    Fuck boyz everywhere ,my prayers go out to u waka, get better and next time let the junkies wash the car and Have yours locked and loaded,..memphis vet
    Signing out

  • hesus

    since we have a description of the suspect that means Waka’s a snitch right?

  • ThatN*qqaRockstar!!

    i personally love flocka and his music but damn this sh*t was messed up:/ i hooe he recovers alright, and da dumbass robber that didnt use any kinda of mask to hide his identity is f*ckin dumb as F*CK, i mean really?!?! its called common sense, if u dnt wanna be caught……. dumbass

  • GUTTA GUTTA

    DAT NIGGA’S A JOKE I NIGGA FUCK SALUTING…IMMA JUST SHOOT HIS ASS…HARDCORE RAPPER……

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

    Guess we know homie didn’t salute him.

    • that nigga

      *tryin hard no to laugh, just glad Im behind my laptop so y’all cant hear or see me* Tony, you crazy!

  • ayre

    What’s being missed in all this is that a black man in his early 20s with a dollar sign tattoo on his left cheek and four circles and three squares tattooed between his eyebrows is committing crimes barefaced.

    • Capital G

      I can’t believe there’s a dude who goes by the name Wocka Flocka Flame. I seriously thought it was an inside joke over here at XXL that I just didn’t get. On a side note: Is it safe to assume Mr. Wocka Flocka Fruitcake broke the hip hop commandment and SNITCHED? Because that is one hell of a description of the assailant.

      • that nigga

        I really cant take dude seriously with that name, Gucci Mane either.

  • JOHNNY

    anyone notice how WAKA IS SNITCHING.. THOUGHT HIM AND SO ICEY DONT DO THAT… FAKE GANGSTA

  • HU

    Hi young black people:

    Am I to understand that if I get robbed and shot or my wife gets raped and I see the dude who did I need to stay silent and let him get away with it? Someone explain to me the logic please. It’s sad how trapped the minds of the black youth are.

    To Wocka: Do all you can to get this tatted scum off the streets. Either give the police all the information you have or let this crackhead with a dollar sign on his cheek shoot and paralyze or kill everyone who “ain’t no snitch”.

    • killahkam

      @hu I AGREE..NIGGA CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT …HURT ME AM GOING AFTER YOU ONE WAY OR THE OTHER>.THIS DUDE WAS HURT AND YA TALKING OUT YA ASS BECAUSE YA NIGGA”S AINT BEEN HURT YOOO.. WOCKA MY DUDE KARMA IS A MUTHAFUCKA SON STAY UP MY DUDE….THIS SUM RAL NIGGA SHIT…MAKE YOUR MONEY THT DUDE WILL GET HIS…TWO THINGS I HATE IS A FUCKING THEFT AND A CHILDMOLESTER…PUT THT NIGGA WHRE HE BELONG UNDER THE JAIL SELL…DONT FUK UP YOUR LIFE OVA A HATER..FUK DEM HATERS GET A BIGER CHAIN SUN…BLESS UP WOCKA…KILLAHKAM OUT OF NYC…BROOKLYN STAND UP…GET MONEY GYEAA

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Om Sag

    Wocka get well soon man , i can’t believe people still talking shit/ dissin him when his life was almost taken , not that i wish it on any humanbeing but to those who’s poppin shit let’s c if it happens to you what then…

  • Aries Walsh

    Damn homey. I don’t listen to nothin Wocka Flocka rap, nor would I expect it to be good, but when the goings get tough, anybody go come correct. That’s just human reaction. Yeah he told it. But for those who wanna talk tha talk be ye warned…trouble lurks: stay strapped. But it does seem odd that he only got hit in the arm and a shoulder. Maybe the jacka was a fan..or in his case a Stan? Yeah, he coulda got killed, but he didn’t. Lucky, I guess? Naw. I dont think so. And for those who think Wocka go so hard, well, think again. He went so hard and got shot. @thagift007 you had the realest comment I’ve read. Maybe we truly are the south(Im from MS), cause that’s common damn sense. And where was his Blood homies that jumped on niggas at that club on WSHH? Somptin obviously ain’t stirring the Kool-Aid.

  • http://azrael-haze.deviantart.com Azrael

    Is it really that hard to find dude?

    Just look for the dude with the Playstation controls on his forehead.

  • Gift

    I’m not gonna front like I’m a wocka flocka fan. He’s ok on the music I guess, but I do know what it’s like to have a homie shot, so I wish the best on his recovery. Gettin shot is not a joke. The name he got is a forever open ended joke that can go in for years I’m sure, but again, gettin shot is not a joke.smh

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  • jai judy azz 1210

    all yall niggaz hatin on waka floka..if ur bitch ass got shot n u knew how da nigga looked u would bitch out n snitch wit ya bitch assez..my manz waka fuck niigaz get money lol all day stuntin

  • tb

    nah but see he talkin all that big shit in his rap , if he was half as tough as he be rappin bout he would have never gave his shit up.Salute me or shoot me nigga come on ,nigga shot ya ass and took yo shit.All that rappin aint shit but talk niggas will kill you out here that goes for real niggas too .sliup and ya ass got

  • missy.15

    all yall niggaz hatin on waka floka..if ur bitch ass got shot n u knew how da nigga looked u would bitch out n snitch wit ya bitch assez..my manz waka fuck niigaz get money lol all day stuntin

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