Waka Flocka Flame, born in 1986, is an American hip-hop artist from Atlanta, Georgia. He signed to the Warner Bro’s label in 2009 and has enjoyed a great deal of commercial success since then. He occupied slot number 13 on Billboard’s top 100 charts. The rapper’s real name is Juaquin Malphurs and he was born in Jamaica, Queens in New York before relocating to Georgia as a child. His stage name Waka is a reference to Fozzie Bear from the Muppets. He is the son of the CEO of Mizay Entertainment.
In 2010 Flocka Flame was involved in an armed robbery at a carwash in Atlanta. He received two gunshot wounds, neither of which were fatal. In 2011 he turned himself in to police after his home was invaded, revealing possession of marijuana, hydrocodone and one firearm. In 2013 rap legend and sometimes-mentor to Flocka Flame, Gucci Mane, spoke out against Flocka on Twitter. The conflict devolved into a real Tweet-slinging showdown that ended the two grown men’s friendship permanently. Since then, they have each released tracks insulting the other, both in terms of musical ability and masculinity. There have also been several lawsuits surrounding the disagreement, mostly about ownership of the record label called 1017 Brick Squad.
In 2015 Waka released a video to Rolling Stone in which he announced his bid for the 2016 U.S. presidential candidacy. He intends to run on a platform of legalizing marijuana and banning people with large feet from using public sidewalks. Pundits agree that Waka’s video was annoying. Although, the rap artist has spent a fair amount of time on reality television, so he might have certain skills that one imagines might come in handy in political office.
Waka Flame has also been vocal about race problems in America, speaking volubly to the media about recent incidents in Baltimore and Oklahoma. Many artists and journalists with valuable commentary on these situations have complained that Waka, both in person and in his songs, sounds worse than a comedy skit from the “Chappelle Show” about awful rappers. Whether or not these complaints hold any validity is really up to the hip hop community as a whole to decide. Although Waka does seem to know how to keep the spotlight on himself, and that is some sort of commendable skill, in some way or another, somehow.
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