Jay-Z and Kanye West aren’t the only rappers dropping a collab album this week. As soloists, Atlanta’s [artist id="1938028"]Gucci Mane[/artist] and [artist id="3443335"]Waka Flocka Flame[/artist] have taken their Southern-drenched sound worldwide, and on Tuesday (August 9), the duo released Ferrari Boyz, an LP Waka said was inspired by the people.
“Fans were like, ‘Man, y’all need to do somethin’ together, work with people in the industry,’ ” Waka told MTV News’ Sway. “See, we could agree with one of the statements: We’ll work together, but the industry folks, they industry, you follow me?”
On Ferrari Boyz, the 1017 representatives keep everything in-house. The majority of the album was produced by Lex Luger and Southside, both of whom contributed largely to Waka’s first album, Flockaveli, in 2010. As far as guest appearances go, the Ferrari Boyz didn’t call on any of their past big-name collaborators like Rick Ross, Diddy or Usher. Instead, underground MCs like Tity Boi (a.k.a. 2 Chainz) and Georgia rapper Rocko rounded out the track list.
“Man, we just came to smash the game — point blank, period,” Waka said. “They chasin’ our sound, folks’ singles is on our sound, and we might as well just go ‘head and give it all to ‘em.”
For Gucci, who was freed from Fulton County Jail in July after a three-month stint, working with his rap protégé for this new album was a positive experience. “We had so much fun just making the album. I had a blast just goin’ in there with Waka, just findin’out rhymes, just about anything,” Gucci said. “We just went in there and we just let it all hang out.”
On Wednesday, Gucci and Waka will appear on MTV’s “RapFix Live” at 4 p.m. ET and talk about their new album as well as their recent dramas.