Waka Flocka Flame scored hip-hop renown as a member of Gucci Mane’s So Icey crew , but when it comes to singling out one of the most underrated lyricists on the scene, the ATL star has insisted that D.C. MC Wale warrants an extra look.
“Wale hard,” Waka recently told MTV News. Wale parlayed mixtape success into deals with Mark Ronson’s Allido Records and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation team and dropped his major-label debut, Attention Deficit, last year. But Waka said the rapper lacks the support he needs to really light up the game.
“Wale like a light. You know how you screw a light bulb in … but you don’t twist it all the way, so it keep going in and out, that’s Wale,” Waka explained. “Now when you twist Wale tight, [he's] gon’ become bright. That man can rap real good but nobody give him an opportunity.”
The Georgia rapper apparently isn’t on the list of industry heads who’ve failed to give Wale a fair shake. He recalled meeting Wale during a recent visit to the lab.
“I like Wale music but I never knew him. Gucci knew him. He so happened to walk in the studio, like, ‘Yo, what up, I’m Wale.’ That’s the kind of person he is, [he'll] introduce [himself],” Waka remembered. “I was like, ‘Damn, boy, that’s crazy.’ I was just thinking about somebody like a Wale, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa. Those the three top people in my brain. So Wale, swear to God, walked through the door, [and we were like], ‘Eh, boy, we got a song for ya!’ He just [jumped in] from right there.”
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