Waka Flocka Flame Talks Mixtapes, His Stage Name

Gucci Mane's protege explains the value of mixtapes, and shares how the Muppet Babies inspired his stage name.

Vocalist and bassist for the Black Lips,  Jared Swilley, sat down with 1017 Brick Squad artist Waka Flocka Flame last week in which the rapper explained the value of mixtapes, the origin of his name, and his introduction to the industry.

"Mixtapes, they like candy," Waka Flocka explained to the garage band frontman. "You know, like, kids be so good that you give them candy--and from that right there you get paid shows." The rapper, who is a protege of Gucci Mane, has released seven mixtapes including 2010's LeBron Flocka James 2, the sequel to his first mixtape.

Flame also told Swilley that his stage name comes from an unlikely place: the Muppet Babies. The animated series, which aired from the mid-1980s to the early 90s included a character, Fozzie, who was recognized for the catchphrase, "Waka, waka, waka."

"Yeah, I've got a Fozzie chain, 'cause when I was younger, me and my cousin used to watch it and he started calling me "Waka." The moniker "Flame," he says, was added by Gucci Mane. When asked how he got into the Hip Hop industry, he answered, "I just did a song, and it worked. So I thought I could do ten more."

Flame's debut album is scheduled to release sometime later this year.

27 Comments

  • Bangs

    1017 Brick Squad keeping it real. Waka keep doing ya thing.

  • revain888

    You motha fuckas need to quit hating on Gucci and Waka they are some bad ass rappers. You people are just mad cause yall cant rap worth shit, and yall are fuck ups and always will be fuck up, go jump off a bridge and shut the fuck up fucking haters Keep goin Waka and Gucci, theres alot of people that like your shit. Fuck all of the haters

  • tracyy

    i think waka flocka is daa shittt,

  • REDNMEF

    I can understand how people can say "Well, some of his songs are good, some of his stuff is ok," and for the most part I try to respect people's opinions, but in the case of this wack-ass rapper, NOTHING is good or ok. It's just noise and yelling and weird, retarded lyrics and flows. This is what is killing rap, not the internet, not downloading, not radio...but no-talent rappers like this guy YOU Waka Flacka are killing rap.

  • R3DD

    Reguardless 2 what every1 else says i think Waka is a decent rapper and i really dig some of his music..i feel like both him and Gucci say what they want no matter what any1 else thinks and that's what some ppl like the most..Some of their music is laid back and some of it is real hype and the mixture of both is the best part about it...plus Juaquin's voice gives me chillsssss =] BRiCK SQUADDDDD

  • box

    i ain't a fan but i ain't dumb hahaha, and i know a name don't have nothing to do with how gangsta one is, i guess only internet equals think that, i mean didn't at least "suge" prove that to you internet tough guys yell www.myspace.com/panhandoelrcorp

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  • Tavn92

    I dont think that his music is the best and its definetly not lyrical. but you have to listen to it not expecting that. its a different type of rap its not meant to b super lyrical. U cant even hate on him, although i do have to say he does have some super garbage songs, but he also has some good ones too. you just have to change the perspective that you view the music in.

  • who? me?

    on the real we cant be mad at him or gucci, because the FANS are the idiots who made these men and the others like them famous if noone gave them any buzz they would never be where they are now, gucci is a funny guy and has hella street cred and a couple hits so i can see where his buzz comes from, but this guy? i have no idea why people like him so much, his music is not hot or catchy by any means i doubt his major label album does to much but im pissed at the people who think he can rap and that he is the future of rap thats who needs to jump off a bridge, do ya thing waka cus theres plenty of fools out there that idolize you

  • ChuppsD

    There needs to be a concrete way to toss weak nigga's like him (and gucci) outa the game, cos they polluting it with shit so weak, ignorant and stupid, it's lowering our intelligence.

  • Jace of the Outsidaz

    Fuck this mothafucka and fuck gucci as well, both these bitches are weak as hell.

  • J1DABOSS

    I THOUGHT GUCCI WAS A WASTE OF RECORD COMPANY DOLLARS, BUT THIS CAT IS GARBAGIO!

  • freshyboi

    yall should go listen to the black lips, give yourself a break from all that nignorant coke rap

  • fresh2defiis85

    This shit is fa the birds!!! Gucci N "Wacka" look like some fukkin muppet babies and rap like it too!!!

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  • r.pgh

    lmao at this dude. How are you going to act like a killer / gangster and you tell everyone your name comes from the Muppet Babies? Hilarious.

  • graham

    wat the fuck did jared swilley have to do with this? why is he talkin to waka flocka

  • JOE6PACKNC336GBORO

    i rocks with gucci hard but this dude i just cant do it sad thing s i didnt even know he had 7 mixtapes out wait to his first week # come in now thats gonna be some funny shit

    • slim fela

      him or gucci cant rap...well put it like this gucci do b flowin sometimes if he flow all the time like on his album he'd b ok..but waka...every rapper got on ya joint oh lets do it and killed the track better than u ow ka blow that shhit can hurt lol

  • trly yrz

    Rap's minstrel show.

  • Charles ExSavior

    Cornball shit, lol. I can picture the title somewhere along the lines of "Rackin' Frackin' Varmit".

  • JasonCTown

    This dude SUCKKKKKKKKSSSSSSSSS

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