After five years in the rap game Waka Flocka Flame has learned a lot, he’s matured musically and he’s accomplished more than most people can fathom when they start their ascent to the top. His first mixtape, Salute Me or Shoot Me, Vol. 1 featured Waka Flocka’s breakout hit “O Let’s Do It” and since that single hit the No. 7 spot on the charts he hasn’t looked back. Fast forward to 2013 and the man known as Waka Flocka Flame has gone through a rebirth of sorts and is continuing his journey with a new label (Atlantic Records) and a new management team (The Executive Club). When it comes to the reason why Waka has made this change in his career, the reasoning is simple—growth.
“I’m highly educated now music industry wise. I’m not just somebody jumping into a field I don’t know. I actually learned it through a couple of methods, put my blueprint out on display and it worked not just for me and the company I was working with, but numerous people’s careers,” Waka said. “Basically I know my shit now—I know what I need to win.”
With the release of Flockaveli in 2010, Waka Flocka’s debut album landed him at No. 6 on the Billboard charts and his mega successful hits “Hard In Da Paint,” “Grove St. Party” and “No Hands” featuring Wale and Roscoe Dash made him synonymous with party music. Success didn’t slow his grind down, though. In 2012 he released his official sophomore album Triple F Life: Friends, Fans, & Family which featured heavy hitters Meek Mill, Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, B.o.B., Flo Rida and Drake who was featured on “Round Of Applause.”
With a track record like Waka’s it’s clear that his future is bright and that it’s starting right now. His new single “50K” featuring T.I. is taking it straight to the club; a reminder that he’s the king of Southern party music. Outside of T.I., Waka has recently worked with Frenchie, Lil Wayne, Britney Spears and The Cataracts. This is all part of the master plan leading up to the release of his highly anticipated third album titled Flockaveli II. The upcoming EP will feature collaborations with Ne-Yo, French Montana, Chaz Gotti, Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes, MGK, Jeezy and more of music’s heavy hitters.
The man born Juaquin Malphurs in Jamaica, Queens and raised in Riverdale, GA is ready to show you exactly what evolution is all about. “I’m not bullsh*ttin’ with this album. I’m going hard.” Get ready for the second coming of Waka Flocka Flame because he’s back, he isn’t going anywhere and he’s more ready than ever to show you how it’s really done. For booking Waka Flocka, call or email Music Garden today!
One of the biggest commercial rap breakouts of the late aughts and early 2010s was that of Waka Flocka Flame, an Atlanta-based artist who crashed the Top 20 of the Billboard R&B/hip-hop chart with "O Let's Do It" (2009), a boisterous collaboration with producer L-Don Beatz. That hit led to Flockaveli (2010), a Top Ten album armed with "Hard in da Paint" and "No Hands," similarly rowdy and memorable hits that were quickly RIAA-certified. After releasing Ferrari Boyz (2011), a duo album with the supportive Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka followed up with a second Top Ten LP, Triple F Life: Friends, Fans, and Family (2012). Since then, he has multiplied his number of intermediate mixtape releases -- including a stylistic if no less hedonistic diversion into EDM -- as his fans have yearned for the promised proper sequel to Flockaveli.
Salute Me or Shoot Me 4: Banned from AmericaJuaquin James Malphurs was born in the South Jamaica neighborhood of Queens in New York City. At the age of nine, he moved with his family to Riverdale, Georgia. Nicknamed Waka by his cousin (after a catch phrase of Muppets character Fozzie Bear), and later Flocka Flame by early supporter Gucci Mane, Malphurs established himself as a rapper north of Riverdale in nearby Atlanta. As part of Gucci Mane's Brick Squad collective, Waka Flocka Flame debuted in 2009, during which he released several mixtapes and after striking a deal with major-label Warner Bros. hit number 12 on Billboard's R&B/hip-hop chart with "O Let's Do It." The track had originally appeared on his first tape, Salute Me or Shoot Me, and was included on the proper album Flockaveli, which followed in October 2010. Flockaveli entered the Billboard 200 chart at number six and was the source of three additional singles, including the smash hits "Hard in da Paint" (number 28 R&B/hip-hop, and RIAA-certified gold) and "No Hands," featuring Roscoe Dash and Wale (number two R&B/hip-hop, number 13 pop, and certified triple platinum). Additionally that year, Waka Flocka was featured on another charting single, Gucci Mane's "Bingo."
Waka Flocka and Gucci Mane then co-headlined Ferrari Boyz, involving Brick Squad associates such as Wooh da Kid, Frenchie, and Slim Dunkin. It reached number 21 on the Billboard 200 in August 2011. Within two months, Waka Flocka issued the Drake collaboration "Round of Applause" (number 15 R&B/hip-hop) as the first taste of his second solo album. That December, Dunkin was murdered. Mourning the loss, Waka Flocka delayed the completion of his second album, but it materialized in June 2012. Titled Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family, the LP went straight to number ten and contained additional hits in "I Don't Really Care" (featuring Trey Songz) and "Get Low" (featuring Nicki Minaj, Tyga, and Flo Rida).
In 2013, Waka Flocka promised a sequel to Flockaveli as his third solo album. Around this time, some legal conflicts with Gucci Mane came to a head, and tragedy struck again that December when Waka's younger brother KayO Redd committed suicide. Throughout the next few years, Waka, no longer with Brick Squad, added to his torrent of secondary mixtape recordings. Although he announced the imminence of an EDM-oriented album, Turn Up Godz, it didn't arrive, but he still indulged in electronic dance music during 2015 with a like-titled tape The Turn Up Godz Tour, and hit the Top 40 in Canada as the featured artist on Mia Martina's "Beast." A stream of mixtapes and guest appearances -- the latter primarily on deep LP and tapes -- followed through 2018.
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