Waka Flocka on June 2012 XXL cover

Waka Flocka on June 2012 XXL coverXXL unveiled their June 2012 cover on Thursday (May 17), and it’s Waka Flocka Flame gracing the cover.

The Gucci Mane protege and Brick Squad Monopoly boss has come a long way in just three years, and if arguably one of the most loved artists in the genre.

In the cover story, Waka reflects on his fast rise, rumored tension between him and Gucci Mane, living with Nicki Minaj, being a label boss, and “bringing gangsta back.”

He also talks about his upcoming LP, Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family; and the recently passing of BSM artist and friend Slim Dunkin.

Below are a few quotes (via XXLMag.com):

“I don’t feel like a celebrity, or this ‘star’ everybody talk about. I guess Waka Flocka like a job, honestly. I’m at my job right now, so I gotta do it to my fullest.”

“I got a whole label, man. We fire. 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.”

“I’m a hipster in my own sense. My little brother’s a hipster a little. Like, he’s a real f***in’ hipster. Like, a rock-star hipster, so I f*** with ’em. U grew up f***in’ with ’em, so it don’t matter. I’m with that. I smoke harder than them no matter what. I’m a ‘Flockster.’ ”

“Dunk died, I couldn’t do sh** four months, almost five months straight. I couldn’t stay down long forever ’cause bills gotta be paid, mouths to be fed. But that sh** took a toll on us, man. Like right now, from December to f***in’ April … That’s how long it took me to bounce back my n****. That sh** crazy.”

Read the full story in the June issue of XXL, which hits newsstands May 29.