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Waka Flocka Flame Admits He Can't Rap As Well As Kendrick Lamar

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By Desmund Ullrich

Waka Flocka is no stranger to calling himself a wack rapper; he actually made his fame on sound bits and hooks. During his most recent interview on Complex’s “Everyday Struggle”, the daily hip-hop debate show about music and pop culture, Waka gave a better insight into his strategy and how he used music to fuel himself as the hip-hop entrepreneur he wanted to be from the jump.

His direct thought, “By 2012-2013, I had $30 million … why was I rapping?”

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“I was a wack rapper, I knew I was wack, but I know I was real. My favorite rappers are DMX, Nas, KRS-One, Goodie Mob … I can’t rap like those folks! Put me in the booth with Kendrick Lamar”, he goes on to say.

Waka Flocka’s anti-rapper status first became popularized back in 2012 when he and collaborator MGK had a back and forth dialogue on the cutaway skit on the video for “Wild Boy”. MGK asks, “Do you think you’re a good rapper?” and to this Waka responds “Hell Naw!”

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This instantly set the tone for Waka Flocka who became known as the “soundbite hype man” and the subject of so many hilarious memes. One, in particular, focused on Flocka’s “Bow Bow Bow” video remix series based on short clips of the rapper awkwardly repeating words in the recording studio for Flockaveli TV.

Youtuber “nicole” saw the video as an opportunity to loop Flame saying “bow bow bow” into one of the greatest, best-selling video games of all time, “Pac-Man”.

Then on May 22nd, 2013, BuzzFeed published an article about the video titled "Waka Flocka Flame Makes Amazing Noises In The Studio." The next day he was a streaming sensation, appearing in remix videos and even a Kirdy’s Dream Land sequel to the Pac-Man video.

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Jokes aside, journalist Nadeska Alexis only had great things to say about Waka, commending the rapper for being punctual and professional. Waka goes on to explain that it’s a commitment that he makes with himself and that he believes in the importance of artist development. He also reveals his struggles with being himself and being able to be a bit more experimental by crossing over into other genres such as EDM because of his label.

Though Waka Flocka Flame has had some pretty successful hits, like the single “No Hands Featuring Roscoe Dash & Wale”, “Hand In da Paint”, and “Round of Applause Featuring Drake”, lately he is most known for his spots on "Love and Hip Hop" and “Marriage Boot Camp” and his new show “Waka and Tammy” on WE tv.

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The rapper is also known for ruining his opportunity with mentor and fan favorite “Gucci Mane”. While there was clearly some turmoil in their relationship, nothing was public until Gucci Mane’s three-day Twitter rant, in which he called out a ton of artists including Drake, Nicki Minaj, T.I. and Tiny, Waka, and Yo Gotti, right before his two-year prison sentence.

Once Gucci emerged from his sentence he only had one thing to say about his flagship artist, “I wish [Waka] well”. In return, Waka has only had non-biased things to say about Gucci Mane as well. Though many fans would love to see the two reunite, Waka makes it clear that his focus will be on the new ventures in his life, including the show with his wife Tammy Rivera.

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