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Happy Birthday, Waka Flocka Flame

A b-day shoutout goes to Waka Flocka Flame! The Brick Squad capo and XXL‘s June cover subject celebrates his 26th birthday today (May 31).

Currently seeing his stock rise as an MC, the ATLien came a long way since first stepping in with his Salute Me Or Shoot Me mixtape series. Going on to release a few more tapes since then (LeBron Flocka James and more), Waka would solidify his stance as a viable artist with his 2010 tumultuous debut Flockveli. Stomping onto the Billboard 200 chart at No. 6—No. 2 on the Top Rap Albums chart—the album produced four successful singles in “Oh Let’s Do It,” “Hard In the Paint,” “Grove St. Party” and the chart-topping “No Hands.”

Currently gearing up for the release of his sophomore effort, Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family, which is set to arrive June 12, the riotous rapper is ready to prove the naysayers wrong while also running his rising Brick Squad Monopoly label.  “We the new Wu-Tang, Roc-A-Fella. We what these labels are trying to create right now. We the new Cash Money. Squad! Flockaveli was the return of gangsta. I brought gangsta back, man,” Waka reveals in XXL‘s current June issue.

While his current “Round Of Applause” and “I Don’t Really Care” singles burn up the airwaves, wishes the June 2012 cover a happy b-day. FLEX!—XXL Staff (@XXLStaff)

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