Is Waka Flocka Flame Actually Hip-Hop’s Nicest Rapper?Posted by Ru Porter on 05/01/12 | Filed under Features, Opinion, QuickHits, Waka Flocka
Rappers are known for portraying fake images as a means of selling their music to fans– usually in the form of a gangster or a ladies’ man. These days, no one seems to be content with themselves a person so they make up some fictitious lifestyle in hopes of being cool to the point where they come off as a “try-hard” (as my best friend likes to call it when describing people who lack personality). While I certainly agree with her statement, there a select few who don’t need to put on a front to become likable and Waka Flocka is one of them.
On April 25, I had the chance to cross paths with the 25-year-old ATLien at New York’s Bowery Hotel for an up-close-and-personal event with the folks at SPIN Magazine. Waka, who serves as the poster boy for SPIN’s May/June Loud issue, held a Grove St. Party for a few marquee editors, writers and lucky fans. I didn’t get a chance to speak with him personally, but his uber friendly demeanor immediately took me back when he happened to single me out in a corner of the VIP section before waving and flashing a huge smile.
As a writer, hanging around celebrities is part of my routine, but it’s not often that I come across a rapper who is genuinely happy to make my acquaintance. Wait, there’s more…. aside from his inviting personality, he’s pretty talented – not in a lyrical sense, though he definitely knows how to get even the most bourgeois “music fans” yell out Brick Squuuaaadddd by the end of a performance. For about an hour, Flocka went "Hard N Da Paint" before cutting through songs off his upcoming "Triple F Life: Friends, Fans and Family" including the Trey Songz collabo "I Don’t Really Care" and he even managed to do it all with "No Hands".
I could sit here and write out everything that went down, but that really wouldn’t the Flame any justice. So just in case I failed at convincing you about how entertaining Waka Flocka Flame truly is, take a look at what happened when he visited SPIN Magazine’s headquarters for a day. It’s pretty funny stuff.
Also, pick up a copy of SPIN’s Loud issue at the nearest newsstand and check out Waka’s cover story and look out for his sophomore album on June 12.
See Also: Is Waka Flocka’s “Hard in the Paint” the Most Ad-Libbed Track in Rap History?