Interview: Waka Flocka Flame Talks Miley Cyrus, Gucci Mane, New Music, and Upcoming Movie With DMX

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First I want to talk about your reputation as “the friendliest rapper.” What do you think about that?
I ain’t trying to have that, I guess it just happened. I didn’t ask for the title, they put it on me. I guess that’s who I am, the perception they had of me, the person that they see. I love life. How it smells, how it looks, everything, I’m in love with it. I’m a big energy-vibe guy so I don’t like negative energy. If I walk into somewhere and it doesn’t feel right, I won’t do it. Period. I just won’t do it.

A lot of rappers try to be hard or street, are you worried that being known as friendly will take that away?
I can’t say because that’s who I am. A lot of people want to be that, I was born that way. I can’t try to be something I was born. That’s like being born rich hoping you’ll be wealthy one day, you’re rich already why the fuck are you worrying?

Let’s talk about the new mixtape a little bit. What were your goals for it?
DuFlocka Rant 2? My goal for DuFlocka Rant was to show people about Flockavelli and Waka Flocka. I ventured off and tried to grab other styles and other venues, other markets, and I succeeded. I conquered them. Plus, I feel like my aura is my clear. My music is way clearer than it was when I first came out because the vocabulary wasn’t there, all I knew was the hood. Rapping showed me how to walk in certain lights, communicate with certain people. Things I didn’t know, I shut up, paid attention, grabbed the information, and acted like I knew it all my life.

You have two more mixtapes before summer?
Yes, I have two more mixtapes. Might drop one on the 30th, it's a strong possibility. It's called DuFlocka Rant Halftime Show. It’s like a halftime show at a game, it’s just modest, eating light songs. Fans will love it, I feel like they deserve it. I bullshitted all last year so now I came out to play this year. The next one is Y'all Can’t Flock With Me, it’s hard as hell. No schedule in mind, it’s hard as fuck though.

Have you been in the studio with anyone new or different recently?
Recently I’ve been in studio with Wyclef, Raekwon. Did a record with T.I. for the first time. It was crazy, great record, 50K.

Oh I was going to ask you about the video for the remix of “Scream & Shout” on the video, were you filming with everyone else?
Yeah and that was my first time meeting them, we had a great time. Britney had to leave she was going on tour, I came a day late. I didn’t get to see Wayne, he came a day after because he was on tour. So me, will.i.am and Diddy were in there and that shit, that shit was crazy. I knew Diddy and I knew Wayne, I’d never met anybody else. Hit-Boy cool as hell—young, great producer. Will.i.am is super fucking cool! He’s futuristic, he’s 3D. Like, he’s what you’re going to look like in 3D. The coolest shit: Diddy fucking jumped on my back! Like that shit was crazy, we’re busting each other, that shit was fun. Like when I first walked in there everybody was like 'Okay… the “rapper” Waka Flocka' and after I started doing my set, everybody started opening up. I guess they saw the calm or whatever I have.

I tell people constantly, I can’t help where I come from. I’m not going to shadow it, I’m not going to deny it—I’m going to applaud it. But it’s not how I start it’s how I finish. Like, if I was born in it, it was right to me. It wasn’t wrong, it was wrong to y'all because y'all not in this life.

So people are always saying, “Waka Flocka is loud.” Do you….
I feel like that’s an excuse! I honestly feel like people just paid. I feel like people just put bullshit on the internet to make it seem like that’s how I am. Like somebody’s paying somebody to do it. That shit’s crazy. People used to put up rumors like, "Waka Flocka shows are gang-banging, people are dying!" Like no one has ever died at my show! EVER. But I know at other rappers' concerts they did

I tell people constantly, I can’t help where I come from. I’m not going to shadow it, I’m not going to deny it—I’m going to applaud it. But it’s not how I start it’s how I finish. Like, if I was born in it, it was right to me. It wasn’t wrong, it was wrong to y'all because y'all not in this life. I was dealt with the hand, with the cards that I had. Now, if I see different, and I learn right from wrong and I choose to keep doing it, then I’m an asshole and I’m all of the above. But you gotta respect me for me. Fuck 'em though, honestly.

I don’t want to rebrand, I feel like everything happens for a reason. By people denying me, it’s part of why I last longer. Because now people see me and think, “Oh this guy is totally different.” It’s like what’s new, know what I’m saying? It keeps you going. I guess I got to be more into TV interviews. I don’t do a lot of interviews like TV commercials. I’m so fan-oriented, if it don’t got fans, I don’t want to fuck with it. They ask for interviews but there’s no fans, no meet and greet? Then I’m like nah, fuck it, I’ll do it over the phone. That’s just how I’ll be. But now, I feel like I have to be in everybody’s outlets. These are the outlets you have to be in. Because your fans, that’s what they listen to.