By Peter Bailey
Arguably hip hop’s most animated and uncompromising emcee, Waka Flocka Flame’s rise to fame hasn’t lacked in critics.
Since exploding onto the scene in 2010 with “O Let’s Do It”, boasting “this is drug dealer music,” the Riverdale, GA native has left hip hop fundamentalists and church going folks shaking their heads.
You can’t be serious.
Let Waka, born Jauquin Malphers, tell it, his musical diatribes are therapy, so he doesn’t really bash your skull in.
“It’s verbal anger. If I can verbally say it instead of physically doing it, I haven’t committed a crime. It’s a way to express your anger,“ explains Waka.
Further more, Waka admonishes don’t judge me before getting to know me.
“You can’t blame me for what I grew up in, for what I thought was right. If you raise a kid to kill animals and hunt everyday; when’s he’s a man he’ll kill and hunt,” he said.
But getting to know Waka is indeed a textbook study on contradiction.
During our first NiteCap interview some two years ago, against his handlers’ wishes we jumped a fence so we could talk amongst some kids at Rick Ross’ charity event.
“Saying hip hop doesn’t owe the community is like trying to cook chicken soup without the chicken,” explained Waka back then. “I’m a different kind of dude bruh.”
And in another NiteCap first, Waka now demanded his barber Brooklyn Mike cut my hair so “I can look like the star I am.”
The always affable emcee seems to take the critics and protesters all in stride, because he sees his work as divine intervention.
“If I was being all the way wrong I won’t be doing what I’m doing because I’m a son God…I’m teaching people,” he says. ”I know right from wrong, once you know right from wrong you walk your path. It’s not about how I start, but how I finish.”
This article originally posted on IamPeterBailey.com.
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