Waka Flocka Flame Questions Tyler, the Creator’s “Yonkers” Video
Waka Flocka Flame and Tyler, the Creator spoke to each other on a variety of topics for the August 2011 issue of Interview magazine, but possibly the most interesting moment was when the 1017 Brick Squad rapper asked Tyler the meaning behind the controversial “Yonkers” video.
In the said clip, praised by Kanye West and nominated for a MTV VMA trophy, Tyler eats a cockroach, vomits and then commits suicide. Waka questioned the OFWGKTA leader about his motives: “Is there something deeper behind it,” he inquired. “What do those images mean?”
“Well, a lot of people think that stuff is a lot deeper than it really is,” he said. “Some people just think too much. Like, my manager knows I wanna be a video director, so he was like ‘Hey, just write a video, write the treatment for it, and we’ll shoot it.’ So I was like, Alright, fuck it. I’ll eat a cockroach, I’ll throw up, and then I’ll hang myself…It’s, like, no subliminal messages or secret meanings or anything. I just personally think that shit would look really cool, so I just did it.”
It seems like Waka also is a fan of the video as well. The two made plans to work together toward the end of the interview. “I’m gonna get one of y’all to direct one of my viral videos,” Flocka told Tyler. “It’ll be Odd Future-directed.”
Interview’s August 2011 issue, which also includes features with Theophilus London and the Beastie Boys, is on stands now. —Elan Mancini