Juaquin James Malphurs, also called Waka Flocka Flame is an American rapper born May 31, 1986, in South Jamaica, New York to Debra Antney CEO of SoIcey/Mizay Entertainment and former manager of New York rapper Gucci Mane.
Juaquin got the name Waka from his cousin after the Fozzie’s bear catchphrase Muppets character, Waka Waka. While Gucci Mane gave him the name Flocka Flame (which has been his stage name since he was nineteen years old). Waka Flocka came to the limelight in 2009 after the success of his single titled O Let’s Do It. It peaked at a respectable position (number 13) on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Flocka was signed to Brick Squad Records and Warner Bros on October 2010. He was once a part of 1017 Brick Squad which also included stars like Gucci Mane, Frenchie, Wood Da Kid, and OJ Da Juiceman. He released the song Flockaveli, on October 1, 2010, which achieved a new high on the US Billboard 200 peaking at number six. The album of that song was named after the historical Italian, Machiavelli and inspired by Tupac Shakur whose stage name was also Makaveli ‘D Don.
MTV named Flocka the eighth hottest MC of 2010. In early September 2010, he did a listening party that included Gucci Mane in attendance (who came to show his support for the artist). In 2011, Flocka posed nude (though not so revealing photo shoot) for PETA to show his support against the killing of animals and using their fur.
Later in the same year, Flocka released several mixtapes. Including Benjamin Flocka, Salute Me or Shoot Me 3 and Twin Towers 2 with rapper Slim Dunkin. He released a collaboration album on August 9, of the same year, with Gucci Mane called Ferrari Boyz. She Be Puttin On was the first single from that album. It featured the late Slim Dunkin, who was fatally shot at a studio in Atlanta.
On October 14, 2011, Flocka released Round of Applause. It was the first single from his second studio album featuring Canadian rap sensation Drake. The album titled Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family was released June 8, 2012, and produced by longtime collaborator Lex Luger. By January 2013, Flocka revealed that he had finished recording his third album, Flockaveli 2.
The album featured Timberland and Wyclef Jean. It was also produced by 808 Mafia, TM88, and Lex Luger, as well as a host of others. Flocka, later that year released his Mixtape Duflocka Rant 2. It featured guest appearances from Gucci Mane, French Montana, Ace Hood, Young Scooter, and Lil Wayne. He also released another Mixtape, a sequel titled DuFlocka Rant: Halftime Show, featuring Southern rapper T.I.
Flockaveli 2 – Flockaveli 1.5
On October 31, 2013, Flocka rescheduled the release date of his Flockaveli 2 album to 2014 after confirming that Ne-Yo and Drake would be featured on it.
On March 21, 2014, Flocka released a mixtape he called Re-up. Flocka released another mixtape on October 4, 2014, titled Roaches to Rollies. In an interview, he talked about a new EDM album titled Turn Up, which was released in late 2014. He released a mixtape entitled I Can’t Rap Vol. 1, and on November 10, 2014, the front cover art for Flockaveli 2 was released.
On September 23, 2014, Flocka appeared on the third season of the VH1 show Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta. The show followed the life and events of famous Hip Hop stars as well as Flocka. Flocka and his wife, Tammy Rivera were the couples listed to star in the shows spin-off, titled Meet the Flocka’s.
On March 2, 2015, Flocka released a collaboration mixtape with DJ Whoo Kid titled The TurnUp God Tour, featuring rappers like Howard Stern, Cash Out, Machine Gun Kelly, Gucci Mane, Future, Bobby V, Watch The Duck, Offset, and Tony Yayo. Flocka released a mixtape called Salute Me Or Shoot Me five on April 1, 2015. The project featured Future, Juvenile, and Yo Gotti. By November 2015, another mixtape was released with titled Flockaveli 1.5.
Waka and Gucci Mane Beef
On March 2013, Gucci revealed that his close friend and collaborator Waka had been dropped by 1017 Brick Squad Records. After that, both rappers began throwing insults back and forth via Twitter. At the time a report sufficed that Mane’s Twitter account was hacked. During an interview with MTV’s Sway Calloway, in March 2013, Flocka insisted that he would never have anything to do with Gucci again.
Both rappers did not come out to explain where the bad blood was coming from. Flocka has stated that he guess they both were at the finish line and needed to go their separate ways. He said, ‘sometimes you need to understand that two men decided to go separate ways but it’s not a problem.’ By October 2013, Flocka released a diss track titled Ice Cream targeting Mane.
By November 19, 2013, Mane filed a lawsuit against Flocka’s mother Debra Antney, OJ Da Juiceman, Khia Stone, and Zaytoven. In the lawsuit, Gucci accused the accused parties of breach of contract and fraud. He accused Flocka’s mother of taking control of his label, 1017 Brick Squad without his permission and creating three offshoot labels from it. Gucci also accused the involved parties of withholding royalties and inflating the fee for stamp expenditures.
Furthermore, he said Flocka’s mother took way higher than the agreed 20% management fee. He insisted that her actions resulted in his tax and money issues. One year later, Flocka released a photo of himself and Gucci on Twitter captioned NoBeef proving that the beef was over.
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