Thursday, April 1, 2010
HOUSTON MEDIA WATCH
FLOCKA'S FLAME BURNS H-TOWN IMPRESSIVELY!
On Wednesday, the 24 year old Jamaica, NY born rapper was in Houston for the first time and was a very entertaining listen during morning drive. Waka Flocka Flame spoke of the So Icey Ent., record label that was founded by the Big Dogg aka Gucci Mane and his mother Debra Antney, who manages both Gucci Mane & Flocka; as confirmed by Flocka during his interview on Hatta's morning show Wednesday. Flocka said he's comfortable with his mother as his manager mainly due to the trust factor of not having to concern himself with rather or not he's getting broke off properly with his money. Money was the overwhelming theme of Flocka's interview, as he made it clear on numerous occasions during the interview, as "super sister" Nnete of the Madd Hatta Morning Show, noted asking Flocka "if there was anything else you loved other than money"? Of course Waka stuck with the C.R.E.A.M. theory of "Money Rules Everything Round Me".
"BACK 2 THA STREETZ"!
Definitely, if you're growing weary of all the "Young Money/Drake" (pretty boy hip hop) media coverage and you're more of a "gutta" or "undaground" hip hop fan, well then Waka Flocka Flame is your man; no doubt about it. With so many supposed hip hop cuttz sounding more like R&B music than real hip hop, Waka is gutta with his delivery. Waka's use of street lingo in his music is grass-roots & true to the game.
NO TEAR DROPS NEEDED
Waka Flocka Flame is believable as an artist. When I say "believable" I'm referring to the realness of his on-air persona. No facial teardrop tattoos needed to qualify Flocka's street cred or relevance; all you have to do is peep his lyrical terminology coupled with listening to his detail perspective on the music industry and life in general. In an era of hip hop where "wannabes" constantly persist to exist in a realm of self glorification and branding of their own personal relevance to hip hop as, The King, The G.O.A.T., etc.,...Waka Flocka was the proverbial "breath of fresh air". I'm mean it was so, so gratifying to hear a rising star proclaim his disinterest in being labeled as a star or the GREATEST RAPPER OF ALL TIME (by the way, Scarface for my taste & 2 Pac is Waka's, if you were wondering).
A TELLTALE SIGN?
For me the most lasting comments from Waka were two comments he made.
One comment was Waka's reply when asked about his plan after rap. Waka was business savvy enough to acknowledge he has big plans to rule the game, but wisely stop short of sharing details. Waka pointed out that he wasn't about to divulge his future business plans to have someone already with deep pockets, run with his idea.
The second comment that benchmarked Waka's interview in my mind was when Hatta said to him that he (Waka) sounded like he was trying to concur something. Waka replied, "I'm trying to concur myself". Wow! For me that hit home cause I'm a hip hop junkie with over 10 years experience of industry knowledge having worked with numerous platinum selling artists. The demons of the industry challenge you not to lose your control of your soul, your dignity, and your spiritual existence. I've been there and done that; no doubt about it, and I know the young brother is tackling some heavy demons.
DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE!
Waka Flocka Flame had no problem dispelling the theory many inspiring rap artists have in their belief that, any press is good press, alluding to his January 19th shooting incident in Atlanta when Waka was shot in the arm struggling with a robber at a car wash. Waka jokingly remarked that hip hop was "the life" getting the money, the girls, and getting shot.
Clearly Waka Flocka Flame is likely a force to be reckoned with-with his made for TV tall frame, dreads, and animated gestures in videos. Add to that, Waka's not overactimg in videos showing a willingness to actually exhibit a smiling face up against raw street lyrics. The late 2 Pac was known to show upbeat emotions in videos that were videos with serious themes. That worked out pretty well for 2 Pac Shakur's career.
OK Waka brah, all we need from you is to as Drake says in his new single, "I'm Doin Me". Do you brah and save us the disappointment of hearing you were fatally wounded or you'll be going away for a Fed bid. Try not to commit sexual assault or getting into beef with Gucci a year from now. In other words Flocka my man, be an original cause rappers falling off is as tired as the same wips & the same dancers in every rap video.
THINGS WE DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT WAKA FLOCKA FLAME:
• Waka was born July/1986 and is a Gemini & likes to drive really, really fast.
• Waka thinks of himself as a "Mental Monster" meaning he has a game plan.
• Waka loves reading books and is currently reading "Emotional Intelligence".
• Waka believes that hip hop music does effect young fans minds, but only those with "weak" minds.
• Waka says Diddy & Rick Ross were both more than willing to get on the remix when Big Dogg Gucci contacted them.
• Waka's definition of "haters" is "free promotions". Lol..I love it!!
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