On Eminem’s “Rap God,” the Detroit rapper name drops a number of fellow Hip Hop artists including Fabolous, Pharoahe Monch, Rakim, and Tupac Shakur. Em also briefly mentions Atlanta emcee Waka Flocka Flame on the record as he raps, “You fags think it’s all a game ’til I walk a flock of flames.”
During a recent interview with Montreality, Waka was asked if he felt that the mention of his name on “Rap God” was a diss. The Brick Squad Monopoly rapper revealed that he found the mention from Em to be more of a compliment than a diss.
“How? He said, he asked people if you think it’s a game,” said Waka. “‘I’mma go hard as Waka Flocka Flame and flame you.’ He’s basically giving me a compliment. I appreciate it. You know what I’m saying? For a legend to look at you like you going hard. ‘Keep going,’ that’s basically what he said. ‘You going hard. I respect everything you doing. Keep going.’ I ain’t look at it as no beef. I know Eminem wouldn’t diss me…I played it and I’m like he clearly gave me a shout out. It’s just people don’t wanna see your rise.”
Waka again spoke on his turbulent relationship with Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane as he commented on his decision to not partner up with Gucci being one of the best decisions he’s ever made in his career.
“The worst decision I would have did that I never did, I could say was partnering Brick Squad Monopoly with 1017 with Gucci,” he said. “I always knew, I’m like ‘Hell nah. I ain’t doing that.’ Cause I see he want what I got. You know what I’m saying? Instead of working together as friends [on] something we already created. And I felt like that was a good decision. And today, it damn sure was a good decision.”
Prior to speaking on both Eminem and Gucci Mane, Waka touched on his relationship with his mother and manager, Debra Antney. According to Waka, his mother practiced “tough love” as he was growing up and had a way of embedding fear with her choice of discipline.
“My mom had this thing called tough love,” said Waka. “You know what I’m saying? Not too much spoiling. Not too much nurturing, but you know she there when you always need it. Always gonna be there. No matter if you need her or not. And she just embedded fear in you. You know if you do something she’s really gonna kick your ass. She’s gonna beat you up. She’s not gonna beat you, she’s gonna beat you up…The worst punishment I ever had was when I had to stand in the corner and hold up four, big books and pick one leg up. That was the worst punishment. I did that shit for like two hours, probably four hours.”
Waka also expressed concern at the way in which fellow artist DMX has been portrayed in the media as of late. This year alone the New York rapper was arrested after reportedly driving under the influence and warranted minor concern following a streaking incident at a Detroit hotel. Most recently, DMX was videotaped reading passages from The Bible outside of a restaurant in Los Angeles.
Waka Flocka Flame is currently preparing for the 2014 release of Flockaveli 2, an album the rapper says will include appearances from Ne-Yo and Young Money singer/rapper Drake.