Waka Flocka’s debut album, Flockaveli, was easily one of the best rap albums of 2010. Unlike most major label rap albums that are a mess of tracks awkwardly striving for radio play, Flockaveli was almost nothing but ignorant-as-fuck raps backed by a wall-of-noise production. The singles that did make it onto the radio sounded like nothing else out there at the time, “O Let’s Do It” and “Hard in da Paint” were the rawest tracks to hit the Billboard in years. (“No Hands” sounded much more mainstream, but it barely featured Waka on it). It has also proven to be surprisingly influential these past couple years: damn near every mixtape since then has jacked the trademark Lex Luger (Waka’s in-house producer) sound featured so prominently on that album.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHV1wB8mB80] Personal Favorite from the first album
So what about his new album??? Does it go hard in the paint like Dikembe Mutombo blocking the shit out of some bullshit layup attempt or is it more comparable to Shaquille O’Neal shooting free throws?
Unfortunately it is a lot of the latter :(
On Triple F Life: Friends, Fans and Family it sounds like Waka is switching up his style a bit to conform to radio standards: the album is stuffed with unnecessary superstar features (Nicki Minaj, Drake, B.O.B., Flo Rida, etc.) that have no place collaborating with Waka Flocka. Or maybe this is just how he is naturally evolving as a rapper. When you are literally a millionaire and drowning in 10/10 OTW pussy it’s hard to really conjure up the same anger and stress of your earlier years.
Luckily, there are still some dope tracks on the album:
Let’s play a quick game of Point Counterpoint to discuss this song:
Point: All of these Lex Luger-type trap beats sound strikingly similar and Southern Rap has become entirely too contrived in these past couple years.
Counterpoint: THIS SHIT GOES HARD AS FUCK BOWBOWBOW.
Pro tip: if you are looking to find some entertaining and fun rap in 2012 just look for what rappers IRNs (Internet Rap Nerds) are putting all of their energy into hating. Just like how IMNs spend countless hours on the internet talking shit about bands that play fun music, ask any rap nerd who listens to “real hip-hop” what they think about Waka Flocka and chances are their skinnyfat bodies will implode with anger at his popularity and the fact that he is not a “lyrical” rapper. Maybe one day both groups will finally realize technical skill does not equal good songs.
Waka shows some real range on this one, a track dedicated to Slim Dunkin, a rapper he was close friends with that was murdered late last year. There’s actually a melody in this song, which is a bit surprising and Waka shows some real emotional depth rather than writing the standard “RIP to the dead homies” song. Thumbs up!
Anyways, this album is decent, I would have liked to hear more jams that bring the mosh (or whatever the rap equivalent to that is), but Flocka could probably not give less of a fuck what you or I think about his music.
What do you think of the new Waka Flocka Flame album??? What is your favorite Waka Flocka phrase??? (I like BOWBOWBOW personally). Will Waka be able to continue making angry rap music even now that he is living the life you and I could only dream of??? Does he still have the most ridiculous rap name out there???