Waka Flocka No ‘Lyrical Genius,’ Shares Love for Fozzie Bear
If you thought Waka Flocka Flame is concerned with his lyrical content, think again. The Atlanta native, who is known for his hits, ‘Hard in Da Paint,’ ‘O Let’s Do It’ and ‘No Hands,’ isn’t exactly poetic with his lyrics, revealing that making money is more important than the substance of his content.
“I didn’t get into rap to be no lyrical genius,” he told New York Magazine. “I got into rap to feed my family and help the people in need around me, that’s it. A lot of people say, ‘Man, Waka Flocka ain’t go no lyrics,’ so I was like, ‘Yeah, you right!”
According to Waka, there is a big difference between lyrical prowess and the ability to make hits, the latter of which he believes he has. “It’s a total big difference between a person that got lyrics and a person that can make hit singles,” he explained. “I’m a person that can make some hit singles. I’m not in no booth trying to be a lyrical genius. I’m preparing to make me some singles, and as I develop as a man, then they’ll respect my emcee skills. You see a lot of people that can only make hit singles, but on the microphone, on some antique rapping style, they don’t know how to withstand. That’s what they call a one-hit wonder.”
When it comes to his image, Waka said that he is 100 percent authentic. From throwing up gang signs in his videos, to his legal troubles, or even rocking a diamond-encrusted chain featuring Fozzie Bear, Waka has no problem giving off conflicting personas.
“That’s my boy who be saying ‘waka, waka, waka.’ I had to get that,” he said of buying a chain of the ‘Sesame Street’ muppet. Only time will tell if Waka’s music will be a passing fad, or has actual staying power, but for now things aren’t looking too shabby for the 24-year-old. In just three years, Waka went from being a virtual unknown to a millionaire. His latest effort ‘Flockaveli,’ hit stores last year, and he is said to be prepping a new mixtape and album.
Watch Waka Flocka Flame’s ‘Hard in Da Paint’