Catching Up With Waka Flocka Flame: 20 Mixtapes, Dreams Of Basketball & Beef

By Nicole Perrino  |  09/24/2010

Waka Flocka Flame with writer Nicole Perrino (Photo: Peter Anthony)

If you mention Waka Flocka Flame, you're bound to get a range of responses -- ranging from "WHO??" to a recitation of the persons favorite Flocka lryics. Born in Queens, raised in Atlanta, his name is interesting enough, but his music is just as unprecedented. Flocka appreciates his roots, stating that, "It's the best of both worlds. Its like hanging with Michael Jordan and now I'm hanging with Kobe." His first single, "O Let's Do It" has instantly become a hit.

Although Waka's album is about to drop, Waka plans to release 20 street albums/mixtapes by 2011, an ambitious plan and one that might seem out of the ordinary for an artist who has already gained so much momentum.

The youngest member of So Icey Boyz, signed to Gucci Mane's So Icey Entertainment/1017 Bricksquad, the 23-year-old rapper has already gained enough popularity to boasts his own stable of fans and haters, with plenty of beef to go along with it. It's rare to read an interview with the rapper and not hear about one of his many incidents with other members of the industry.

We had a chat to sit down with the hot young artist coming outta Gucci Mane's camp, and he tells us about everything from his potential as a basketball player to his love for mixtapes. Along with the new album coming out, you plan to drop 20 mixtapes by 2011. Since you already have the buzz and could just focus on albums, what made you go that route?

Waka Flocka Flame: I love the mixtapes. Mixtapes are like playing video games, army games, free fall. You've been knocked for saying you don't care about the lyrics -- that you just like making music that makes girls dance. Who do you think has it easier? Artists who make hits that make people want to dance and chill, or music that is more lyrical and deep?

Waka Flocka Flame: Both of them got it easy -- it's just the person, it's the delivery. It ain't got nothing to do with the style. You can't deliver like the next man, you gotta be yourself. You're from New York and raised in Atlanta, do you think that gives your music an edge?

Waka Flocka Flame: It's the best of both worlds. It's like hanging with Michael Jordan, and now I'm hanging with Kobe. A lot of New Yorkers love some Waka Flocka. Do you think being from New York gives you an advantage?

Waka Flocka Flame: No, a lot of people don't even believe I'm from Queens. If you never left NY, do you think you would have been interested in the music game?

Waka Flocka Flame: I'd probably be playing ball right now. Speaking of basketball, you've talked about how you weren't into the school teams because of the coaches and following the strict rules. Do you feel like that translated over to your mentality in the music game?

Waka Flocka Flame: Definitely. My downfall in basketball was being a team player. I was hogging the basketball. That was my downfall. I couldn't make the cuts. The coaches would always say you're better than everybody. I know you don't like to rap everyday. Do you think artist who spend all day in the studio are less productive or waste more time? Being that you seem to prove it's possible to get in there and get the job done so quickly?

Waka Flocka Flame: Hell no. I can't knock nobody else's hustle. When I talk, it just be for me. I can't flex like I talk for a nation of people, I just tell how I feel.

Waka Flocka Flame with writer Nicole Perrino (Photo: Peter Anthony) The press and media like to address your drama a lot in interviews, but you always say you aren't into the beef. What makes you explain yourself so much, considering a lot of other artists don't really like to?

Waka Flocka Flame: I think the fans and the people deserve to hear your side. They don't deserve for you to just beat around the bush because beating around the bush is just a form of guilt. You give your side of the story and keep your sh** all the way real. You gotta break it down, that's it. Despite the fact that you don't condone the drama, it definitely follows you. Do you ever address your younger fans who might interpret what's going on differently?

Waka Flocka Flame: Yeah I always do that. That sh** ain't cool: beefin'. I don't make beef songs. What do you want people to know?

Waka Flocka Flame: I just want everybody to know go get Flockaveli October 5th. And if I lie, I'ma end up telling the truth 'cause I always do. I'm gonna snitch on myself.