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

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I wanted to talk to you about the concert that you did for Hurricane Sandy Relief, what inspired you to get involved with that?
Honestly, I did it just for the good cause. Just to make me feel good as a person. I  truly felt like that should just make me feel better. I moved back to New York and it just made me feel like "Damn I need to get back part of the culture." So anything I can do I’m going to do it. I felt like that was my start for me, for no one else. For me. I’d performed at B.B. Kings one time before that. Super crazy, every time I go there it’s super crazy. That shit was live. Performing there, it’s like an emotional stage. I never know what I’m going to say. I always have to watch the videos and shit, because I never practice. I never do soundcheck, if I do we’re just playing and goofing and shit. It feels like freedom man, it feels like walking in heaven, peeking into heaven. Like you got the cheat code and shit.

Your campaign for PETA, you want to talk about that a little bit?
Yeah I campaigned for PETA. Posed nude, ‘Ink over Mink.’ I felt like it was powerful. Once again, that was something for me. Just let a person know how strong the words coming out of my mouth are. I stand on them. I don’t say them just to impress or raise an eyebrow. I really do that because I want to do that. Nobody forced me or told me that’s a good look for your career. I wanted to do that.

What’s your favorite animal?
[Pauses, thinking] My most favorite is a dog, I can’t lie. Because one thing about a dog, it’s like a baby. It’s never going to be mad at you, it knows your feelings. It knows you, it knows your voice. When you talk it’ll be like [looks over]. When you’re yelling they put their head down. They’re there 24/7 all fucking life, that’s my baby! They’re just nice. I love dogs. Love them, I fucking love them.

I have dogs right now, two pitbulls, two girls. Molly and Sarah.  I think my brother named his dog Sarah. Molly dog! I had dogs growing up too, my mom and my brother—a year older than me—I think we had like 14 or 15 dogs. Yeah, my mother’s house back home is filled with dogs, like filled. Like a dog in the corner, dog in the corner, dog in the corner.

I feel like I’m at the stage in my life where I control everything. I control my fate. I know who I am, I finally figured out who I am. That shit just feels good. I feel like I conquered it.

I saw the other day you tweeted just “enjoying life.” What do you enjoy the most about life?
See when I tweeted that, I was looking out the window just like ahh man. I was in Georgia, it was hot as fuck. Damn it felt good. I was just smoking and just having a regular ass day. I was just enjoying that shit!

Because when I was a kid I had to look over my shoulder. When the police came up I’d be like, "Damn they’re gonna lock me up." But I feel like today when the police come I’m like, “Okay cool, who are you helping?” Like there’s no feeling that I did something wrong. I feel like I’m at the stage in my life where I control everything. I control my fate. I know who I am, I finally figured out who I am. That shit just feels good. I feel like I conquered it.

Okay, now I want to ask you about Miley Cyrus.
Yeah, she’s fucking sexy.

Yeah she is. You like her new haircut? I love her haircut.
I like her haircut.

Okay so have you guys met? What’s going on? Are you on her album?
I’m not going to lie, I bummed a guest seat from Russell Simmons to go to her party. I got like a real slick crush on her. I went to the party, she didn’t even know it. I walked right by here, she didn’t even know it. As soon as she walked in the door I walked right fucking by her, she didn’t even know. I didn’t say shit. I haven’t met her in real life. I will introduce myself. I want to get a record with her. I got a sick, sick, sick record. Let me see if I got it. I got something I’d like to write for her, give her a feel for it just to write. [Plays song] I already got my verse for it, I created the song, it’s called “Shots.” I got to pitch it, damn she might want to do it for her album! That’d be awesome. I’m going to do a record with her guaranteed. We’re gonna take steps.

What about that video of her twerking? It was like all over the internet…
Man, that shit is so sexy. It’s like, it’s not slutty, it’s not raunchy. Her body is fully covered, that’s what made it so sexy. Like what the fuck is behind the bunny suit? [Interviewer clarifies that Miley said it’s a unicorn suit] Unicorn suit! What the fuck is behind the unicorn suit? You know what I’m saying? It’s just cute.

She’s engaged though you know.
Word? To who?

Liam Hemsworth, he’s an Australian actor. I don’t know. Rumors are saying they’re breaking up, but they’ve been together for a long time.
Oh. Man. I didn’t even know that.

I know you’re probably getting sick of being asked this, but I wanted to ask you about Gucci. You've been in fights before right?
Me and Gucci… nah we’ve never had altercations, like public shit like this. I feel like maybe he know something I don’t know? Maybe it’s jealousy. I don’t fucking know, I never had a conversation with him. I really don’t care to have a conversation with him. The space I’m in in life right now, I try to get negative energy away from me. I don’t know man, that’s not the person for me.

I don’t need a guy with negative energy. Fuck the music, I don’t care how good your music is, if you’re not a good person, you’re music is going to fall with you. You can’t help somebody that doesn’t want to be helped, it’s impossible. I’m done trying to help. I just heard today that he got arrested. That’s sad.

Did you watch the movie? Spring Breakers? I think you’d like it, it’s really good.
I haven’t seen it yet. Oh I gotta see it.

Have you heard about all the rumors with Gucci and Selena Gomez? One of the girls said in an interview that Selena loves Gucci’s music… so if she likes his music…
Ain’t nothing impossible. It’s certainly a possibility.

A lot of rappers talk about music as their fate. Do you think music was your destiny?
Nah, it was a happy good accident. I just woke up, and I was a fucking rapper. That shit is just crazy. I just want to know what’s the cause? If you got fate for something, why? If you want to be a basketball player, why? Because you want to be famous? Everybody got their own thing. If I had a fate to be a rapper I’d have to have a message in it. I grew up on Tupac, so everything to me just feels inspirational. It feels deep, philosophical and powerful.

Do you have anything else you want to talk about?
Flockavelli 2 comes out on October 5. Make sure they copy that I just signed to William Morris. That talent route, going hard, I’m loving it. Just got my first movie role. A gangsta movie, I gotta do what I know for now. The name of the movie is a question mark, but my name in it is Lil Boogie. I’m gonna be Lil Boogie. I’m not gonna lie, this movie got names. I know for a fact that the other rapper they got in it is DMX. And I think they said Steven Seagal? I’m not sure though.

Okay so you’re 26 right now, what do you want to accomplish in the next 26 years?
In 26 years I’ll be officially… 52. Grandkids running around, telling me how much stuff they’re going to do better than me. That they’ll be more famous than me and bigger than me. Music wise? I’ll retire, but go to the award shows, catching the antique awards. Wherever I’m at, I just hope it’s a perfect place. I hope it’s somewhere I’m happy.