Waka Flocka Flame Compares Making "Salute Me Or Shoot Me 4" To Being In Labor, Revisits Retirement Discussion

Exclusive: Waka Flocka Flame also explains the pain he feels from the murder of his Brick Squad comrade Slim Dunkin. He also says, "An album don't mean shit to me...but a mixtape is serious."

Brick Squad's Waka Flocka Flame was supposed to have retired years ago. He made that proclamation after the success of his debut LP, Flockaveli in 2010. Hip Hop heads were wringing their hands in anticipation of his rap departure, but much to the chagrin of purists everywhere, he never put down the mic. Call it resilience or outright determination but Waka has proven himself willing and able to drop multiple club bangers every year since. Though his lyrics are rarely profound, his fanbase has found their own connection and has grown tremendously within two years. Even the toughest Rap critics have to admit that some of his biggest tracks are infectiously fun to bounce to.

With the release of Triple F Life: Friends, Fans and Family and the more recent Salute Me Or Shoot Me 4 mixtape, Waka Flocka Flame is not only sticking around but effectively holding steadfast as the rapper  elitists love to hate. Every sub-genre has its place and Waka is carving out his corner in this increasingly diverse culture of Hip Hop. There’s more than enough room.

HipHopDX had a moment to speak with Waka Flocka Flame late last week after his recent listening session for his Salute Me project. He spoke briefly about Slim Dunkin’s death, Waka’s maturity as a special delivery and the waning urge to quit.

HipHopDX: What was your mindset while putting Salute Me Or Shoot Me together?

Waka Flocka Flame: I felt like mentally I was in labor. Like, I was delivering something a grown men would. I feel like the structure of my attitude, delivery of the words, the pitch of the songs is just different and I ain’t outta control so I just put it all on one CD, hurried up and threw it out. You know, an album don’t mean shit to me, that’s just like a developing stage, but a mixtape is serious, so now I know what the fuck I am, so I’ma just start dropping tapes like hotcakes.

DX: So what’s the vibe of Salute Me? Was it specifically something you had to do or did you have your fans in mind?

Waka Flocka Flame: The vibe for this tape was just fun. When I made it, I was just having fun.

DX: Who was with you in the studio everyday?

Waka Flocka Flame: My boys, that’s it. Crazy! Wild!

Waka Flocka Flame Discusses Considering Retirement

DX: A couple years ago, you were talking about quitting- now, you’re more present than ever. Do you still think about retiring from time to time?

Waka Flocka Flame: Who… Who don’t feel like they wanna quit? [I] wake up everyday like "I don’t wanna get the fuck up." Yanahmean? That’s just how it felt. It’s just that I’m in the public eye, so everything I say and feel, a person gon’ feel the same way when they hear it.

DX: Since your debut, you’ve worked with quite a few notables from every corner of the industry. Who would you like to get on a track with that you haven’t yet?

Waka Flocka Flame: Yes! The new artist that everybody just found yesterday.

DX: Who’s that?

Waka Flocka Flame: I don’t know but tell him to holler at me. Squad. I like new folks. I don’t like old people. I like new money. If you got old money, you already got it, when you spend it, it’s gone.

Waka Flocka Flame Explains Death Of Slim Dunkin Affecting Him

DX: Would you say that Slim Dunkin’s death influenced your music on Triple F or Salute Me in any way?

Waka Flocka Flame: I don’t think my boy’s death influenced me in no way. I think it hurt me though, mentally, like, the whole team too. We just now getting over it. I just dropped the tape and I feel like now we’re doing what we’re supposed to do. It’s good though.

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  • Nuff said...

    hmmmm....think i rather shoot him

  • Anonymous

    "I feel like the structure of my attitude".....what does that even mean?....this guy sucks donkey nuts people...


      Right,this weak ass nigga tryin to sound smart and usin words he dont even know the definition of.I honestly feel bad for any human being that thinks this clown has any talent.Like he's a real musician or artist lol!!!

  • Articulate1

    All this no-talent muppet does is complain about the game all the time. If your tired of catching flack for your garbage noise and inability to spit better than a retarded toddler then fuckin QUIT already!!! No one wants to hear your bullshit anyway...

  • KingLio21093

    That's funny, because I compare listening to his music to being in labor.

  • Just Being Honest

    Even trolls like YESSIR & YADIG would find it hard to dick ride this loser.

  • REz

    This is the exact opposite of the mentality that artists should have. A mixtape is free, but an album costs money. The one people have to pay for should be infinitely better than the one thats just given away for free.

    • flocka!

      and on an album there is alot of expectations , when he says he like mixtapes better its because he go straight raw on em something the niggas will dig (Not white folks)

    • Neazy

      In a perfect world, yeah, but that's not how it really works. He likes the mixtapes because he has the freedom to make the music he wants to. You don't get that freedom on an album because labels pressure you to make it sound a certain way.

  • acidrap

    I had to comment bout this fool.Does this weak ass nigga really think he have talent or sumthin lol?!! People buy or download this fools shit cause he an industry nigga (thanx to his mama) and cause he got niggas like Luger and Sonny producin his shit.You take that shit away,and its back to welfare he goes! He need to retire with all that weak ass nonsense he just spittin.Shit is just mindless garbage.I feel bad fo you niggas thats really thinkin he is sumthing..killyoselves!!

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