Words with Waka Flocka Flame [Interview]
Vancouver, BC – On the final stop of his D.R.U.G.S. (Do Right U Gain Success) Canadian tour, HipHopCanada’s Tag Team – KassKills and Amalia Jude – had the opportunity to sit down with Waka Flocka Flame in Vancity to get some personal info on the BSM boss.
After rolling a hefty sized blunt and finishing the basketball game, a cozied-up Flocka gave the ladies the goods on his least favorite tour moment, his lady style, what he would be doing if he wasn’t rapping and what DRÜGS means to him. Check out Words with Waka Flocka Flame after the jump.
“Women cook, girls don’t. A woman has got to cook. That’s like you ask your man to take the garbage out – that’s the shit he’s supposed to do.” – Waka
HipHopCanada: You’re on the final stop of your Canadian tour – can you share some of your more memorable experiences?
Waka Flocka Flame: My least favorite moment was getting pulled over three times in two days – two times in one night. First day we were in Quebec and police just drive by the car, look in and seen us – cause we black people i guess – and they pulled us over. The guy in the car with us, he got his marijuana card so they was mad as fuck. They like “this shit is fake” and they take the car from us. We have no ride – in the middle of Quebec with no ride. We playas though so we call our 16 passenger back-up – they hated that shit! Next day, Ottawa and we in the hotel and these girls were just too fuckin’ drunk, so we kick em out the hotel room. She lies and said somebody assaulted her. She was with two other girls, only thing is two of her friends are like “you lyin’”. She really lied and said someone assaulted her! So the police came, everything cool, she left. As soon as we pull off and go through a light, police pull us over. Aight we cool, he ain’t worried about us. We drive again, two – three lights up, we get pulled over again! This time they take a picture.
HipHopCanada: Do you keep your cool in those kinds of situations?
Waka Flocka Flame: Hell ya! I’m not a criminal, I’m a rapper.
HipHopCanada: What is your earliest music memory?
Waka Flocka Flame: “Keep Ya Head Up” by Tupac. That made me love music. I feel like that whole Tupac CD [Strictly For My N.I.G.G.A.Z] was so powerful and emotional to me as a kid. I ain’t understand all the words at the time but the words that stuck out was the words that meant something to me. As I became a man I learned the whole plot and that shit was crazy.
HipHopCanada: What are your most favorite and least favorite tattoos?
Waka Flocka Flame: My least favorite are the birds on my hand. I fucked them up, gotta get them re-done. But I don’t give a shit about them. My favorite on is the one on my right arm and says “Lord please take my soul” and the skeleton praying up to the sky. I got shot right in the praying hands and survived. So, i feel like he answered my prayer.
HipHopCanada: What kind of women do you date?
Waka Flocka Flame: Regular girls is the best. I don’t have a specific taste, I really go off the vibe – the energy. Beautiful and sexy to me isn’t a person, nowadays its more of a personality. You could be beautiful with no personality and you a ugly person. I feel like it’s the energy, the vibe, how many times she can make you smile or catch you with some seductive charm. You know, you could like meet someone that act a certain way towards you and you could feel it in your spinal cord.
HipHopCanada: What about deal breakers? Like, she don’t cook, she gotta go?
Waka Flocka Flame: Oh, you gotta cook, I don’t even count that. Women cook, girls don’t. A woman has got to cook. That’s like you ask your man to take the garbage out – that’s the shit he’s supposed to do.
HipHopCanada: What’s up with the BSM Models?
Waka Flocka Flame: I got BSM Models – that’s real models – and BSM 2.0 and that’s like the more vixen, more seductive. But you gotta do both styles, you cant just cater to one. I try to get what the world calls beauty and I try to get women the world don’t wanna call beautiful. Show something that’s beautiful in that person, you know what I’m saying? Not your most typical beautiful woman or it could be your most typical. Once again, it’s tryin’ to find the inner beauty of a person – everybody’s a star type of thing.
HipHopCanada: If you could go back in time and give your younger self a piece of advice, what would you say?
Waka Flocka Flame: I’d probably say I shoulda been myself the whole way. Understand the power that my tongue held and how powerful my words are. Saying fuck certain things or I don’t give a shit about that – that’s a whole generation behind you gonna follow what you say. Your peers or like the older people, they gonna criticize you but the people under you in age, they gonna follow you cause you they role-model and they look up to you and you the person they listen to. I feel like the power of my words, I shoulda had more understanding about that.
HipHopCanada: What would your career choice be if you weren’t a rapper?
Waka Flocka Flame: Play basketball. I play ball, I’m stupid good. I was just one of those people who thought they was so good I didn’t have to practice. I ain’t have the will power. I had the skills, the heart – every fuckin’ thing. I just smoked and didn’t give a fuck.
HipHopCanada: Do you have regrets?
Waka Flocka Flame: Hell yeah! I shoulda went all the way. I don’t know what the hell I was waiting for. I could dribble up and down the stairs all this shit – I was nice. When I played ball I wasn’t tall. I was barely dunkin’ but i was dunkin’. Just imagine what I woulda been…
HipHopCanada: Lets talk about DRÜGS – Do Right U Gain Success. What is your definition of doing right?
Waka Flocka Flame: PE – I got a thing called PE – positive energy. Everything you do as a kid, you ain’t wrong, cause you ain’t got no knowledge about it. They going to teach you but the only way you gonna understand is going through shit. Like, I feel like doing right is part of doing wrong. If you ain’t never do wrong, how you know what is right? Like a kid in a ghetto, you tell a kid they wrong cause they pick up a gun or sell XYZ but as a kid, the people in they house probably did it. That kid’s perception may be him feelin’ like ” I can help”. But once you find out that shit is wrong and you keep doing it, you’re a fucked up person. But if you change, you can’t judge a person by how they started, you judge them by the ending. You don’t know what’s wrong until you did something wrong. That’s the only way to do right.
HipHopCanada: Upcoming projects and final words?
Waka Flocka Flame: I got a sex tape [mixtape] with like five R&B singers. Flockaveli 2 coming out October 8. I got DuFlocka Rant: Halftime Show about to drop, a mixtape, got my label BSM where my album finna drop. Got DRÜGS clothing line, a lot of shit about to drop. Just got 2 movie deals – one comedy, one action. I got a clothing line that’s like, boxers and underclothes.
HipHopCanada: For females?
Waka Flocka Flame: For females. Imma do boxers though but mostly female stuff. I feel like if a rich Jewish guy could make draws and bras then why the fuck I can’t? I like lingerie. Lingerie to me is better than a girl being naked because its an illusion. That shit is helpful, like a mind-fuck.
HipHopCanada: We’ll put that out there for all the female fans. Thanks for chatting with us.
Interview conducted by KassKills for HipHopCanada
Photography by Amalia Jude for HipHopCanada