By Chris Yuscagave
O let’s do it! For an artist who’s only really been on the rap scene for a year or so, Waka Flocka Flame certainly knows how to leave a lasting impression.
Outside of just tearing up the charts with songs like “O Let’s Do It,” “Hard In The Paint,” and his latest hit, “No Hands,” featuring Roscoe Dash and Wale, Mr. Flocka Flame’s also become a regular on the rap blogs for the things he’s gotten himself involved in outside of the recording studio. Just this weekend, the New York City-born, Atlanta-bred rapper made headlines after putting on a controversial performance at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.
With that in mind—and with Waka Flocka Flame releasing his debut album, Flockaveli, today—we decided to take a look back at his most controversial moments. Say what you want about Gucci Mane’s hand-picked protegé, but he’s definitely left his mark on the game.
The Date: January 19, 2010
The Moment: Waka Flocka Flame shot and robbed at an Atlanta car wash
The Controversy: At the start of his career, many rap fans criticized Waka Flocka’s music and made fun of his name. Neither of those things are life or death situations, though. But Waka getting stuck up at a car wash was a life or death situation and, in a way, it stopped a lot (okay, some) of the jokes that plagued the early part of his career.
The Date: February 24, 2010
The Moment: Trading shots with Method Man about the importance of lyrics
The Controversy: After Meth took the opportunity to criticize Waka Flocka’s lyrics (or lack there of) during a radio interview with DJ Whoo Kid, Waka shot back and said he was entitled to his opinion but that he didn’t understand why the Wu-Tang rapper was singling him out for his crunk style of music. “Why don’t you adapt with the music and go hard with the music instead of just going with that old school stuff?” Waka said during a subsequent interview. “Nobody want to hear that!”
The Date: March 4, 2010
The Moment: His alleged fist-fight with Young Jeezy affiliate Slick Pulla
The Controversy: During a shopping spree at Walter’s Clothing Store in Atlanta, Waka allegedly came face-to-face with Slick Pulla, a rapper with ties to Young Jeezy (Waka’s mentor Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy have had their problems in the past). The meeting resulted in a fight right inside the store that ended with one of Waka’s bodyguards shooting his gun as a way to stop the fight.
The Date: March 5, 2010
The Moment: Eight teenagers were shot after his concert in Gary, Indiana
The Controversy: Though thankfully none of the teens were killed and Waka Flocka wasn’t directly involved in the incident, his name was once again thrown into the news after eight teens were shot outside a skating rink in Gary, Indiana following a concert. The teens, who ranged in age from 14 to 18, were all hospitalized after the event.
The Date: March 17, 2010
The Moment: Getting locked up for a parole violation
The Controversy: Forget the fight at Walter’s and the shooting at his concert. What actually almost did Waka Flocka in was the fact that he was on probation in Georgia on gun possession charges earlier this year when he left the state for a show in Houston without permission and was arrested for it. He was released two days later.
The Date: May 19, 2010
The Moment: Alleged gang members confronted him during a Gucci Mane video shoot
The Controversy: On the set of one of Gucci’s video shoots, Waka Flocka was confronted by a handful of men who were allegedly upset that the video was being shot in their neighborhood. The men were alleged gang members who threatened to destroy the entire set if they didn’t leave.
The Date: May 24, 2010
The Moment: A show’s crowd threw bottles at him during a live performance
The Controversy: During a show just days after the confrontation at the Gucci Mane video shoot, Waka appeared onstage at a show and was promptly welcomed by bottles that were being thrown on stage by some members of the crowd. The show was shut down immediately.
The Date: August 5, 2010
The Moment: Waka acknowledged a rift between himself and Gucci Mane
The Controversy: Shortly after Gucci fired Waka Flocka’s mother Debra Antney (Gucci’s former manager) in May 2010, VIBE asked Waka how it affected his relationship with his mentor. “We don’t talk anymore,” he revealed. A day later, Antney hopped on a viral video trying to dispel the rumors and Waka even tried to say there was no beef between the two, but it was clear his relationship with Gucci wasn’t the same.
The Date: September 11, 2010
The Moment: Waka talked voting on BET’s 106 & Park
The Controversy: Talking to kids about voting? Good for you, Flocka. Unless you don’t know anything about it and only have “Voting good!” to say when Terrence J and Rocsi ask you about it. During the same interview, Waka also revealed that he wanted to go back to school to study—ahem—geometry one day.
The Date: October 5, 2010
The Moment: His release of the Flockaveli LP
The Controversy: Put aside all of the other controversies for a second. Waka Flocka Flame’s most controversial move of his career might turn out to be his most recent—releasing an album titled Flockaveli. A clear play off 2Pac’s Makaveli character—which, in turn, is a play off the name of Italian philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli—the title is designed to be a talking point for one of the most controversial and polarizing rap artists of the last few years.
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