Up-and-coming Atlanta MC Waka Flocka Flame was shot Tuesday (January 19) in his hometown, according to Fulton County Police.
Flocka (real name: Juaquin Malphurs) suffered a gunshot wound to the arm as he was stopped at a carwash on National Highway. He was rushed to nearby Grady Hospital. A spokesperson for his record company said Flame will be fine.
Police said the matter is under investigation and wouldn’t say whether there was a suspect. Sergeant Scott McBride, a spokesperson for the Fulton County Police Department, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that “a scuffle broke out, then shots were fired.” According to several reports, an unknown assailant tried to take the rapper’s jewelry.
Flocka, part of Gucci Mane’s So Icey camp, has made a name for himself recently with the song “O Let’s Do It.” An unofficial remix of the record has hit the Net featuring Lil Wayne, Trae Tha Truth and Rick Ross. Ludacris also jumped on the record with his own version for an upcoming mixtape. Waka appears on Gucci Mane’s The State vs. Radric Davis on the track “Bingo.”
Waka was in the midst of putting together a new mixtape with DJ Holiday before Tuesday’s shooting.
In early November, Waka’s musical clique member OJ Da Juiceman said there was also a mixtape in the works with the two of them and Gucci Mane. “We actually working on a me, Gucci, Waka mixtape,” the Juice said. “[That's] half of the Brick Squad. I think me and Waka gonna do a mixtape first, then me, Gucci and Waka gonna do a mixtape together. Waka is up next.”