Waka Flocka Flame Says The South Runs Music Period

Waka Flocka Flame sides with Trinidad James and his comments about the South, says his tour with Steve Aoki has been the best tour of his career.

When asked about fellow Atlanta emcee Trinidad James’ comments about the South running New York rap, Waka Flocka Flame took James’ comments one step further as he stated that the South doesn’t just run Hip Hop, the region runs music period.

During his interview with Vlad TV, Waka mentioned Kendrick Lamar and revealed that while the Compton rapper did warrant some attention for the West Coast, in his opinion the South is still at the top musically.

“The South run music period,” said Waka. “They don’t just run one region, one state, one genre, the South run music. That’s just what it is. You know what I mean? Kendrick Lamar made the [bar] look West, but the South still winning. Like that’s what it is. It’s friendly competition. Some people just get carried away.”

Waka followed up his comments about the South’s dominance in music with a few boastful words about his past tour with Steve Aoki. The Riverdale, Georgia rapper referred to his tour with Aoki as “the number one tour” he’s been on since the start of his career and commented on the camaraderie between artists.

“This tour, it’s the best I ever been on in my life, ever,” said Waka. “Any collab I ever did. It’s the number one tour by a long shot. Like it’s making every tour I’ve ever been on go in the garbage. This and Europe, best tour in my life…Niggas ain’t competing onstage. Niggas was real friends back there, man. We going [paintballing]. We doing crazy shit. Skydiving back here, man. We living life.”

Comments Waka made in regard to James’ remarks about the South and New York rap, come one month after the “All Gold Everything” rapper let loose his thoughts on music during a performance at the Converse Rubber Tracks show in New York City.

In the middle of his performance, the rapper proclaimed that the South runs New York rap as he informed attendees, “I remember when New York ran this shit, dog…And us in the South, us bammas, we was like ‘what the fuck’ and we just did our own thing. But now we run y’all musically.”

In the months since James’ shared his critique of New York rap, the Atlanta wordsmith has received criticism from a number of New York City-based artists including N.O.R.E. and Maino. Maino remained the most vocal in his criticism of James’ comments and even demanded an apology from the rapper during a recorded phone call between the two artists last month.

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  • realtalk

    what the south gotta low lyrical caliber??? Ludacris scarface ti jeezy ross andre 3000 lil wayne???? they'll rip all ny artist right now. only niggas in ny tht got fire lyrics like that is jayz n nas and the lox that's pretty much it

  • Anonymous

    i bet maino won't try this nigga!

  • gho5t

    Calling Trinidad James a "wordsmith" is a bit much. And explain to me how the South is "winning" when all of these "artists" barely move 100k units? Half of them are signed to 360 slave deals, so they're not even making any real money from touring or concerts! Real talk, barring a small handful of MC's, the South is a generation full of Chitlin' Circuit rappers (Google it). We can easily go back to the South being the laughing stock of the Hip-Hop industry. These dudes are walking billboards for the blood sucking labels...that's it! You want to know who runs Hip-Hop now? It's the European corporations that own the labels. They find these dumb Southern "artists" who are willing to shuck and jive for a dollar and then promote the hell out of them to the even dumber masses and kids. And if you have no problem with being used, you don't get to stand up and pat yourself on the back like you're doing something big. FOH. It's not just NY that's losing in Hip-Hop...we're ALL losing!

  • Whatever

    The South got a low lyrical caliber compared to the West Coast and #1 New York. I don't give a fuck about who claiming to be the best, I'm just saying.

  • jimmy the big one

    they just pick cotton in the south keep it real waka.

  • Harlem's Reckoning

    Waka Flocka Flame saying the South runs music is like saying Huggies runs the clothing industry. Funny how the OG's look at the situation differently and far more objectively than these young, talentless fucks who get blown up by their production and teenage girls but not their mic skill.

  • smithmuhammedpatelkim

    lets break it down !!! well known New York Artists...picked at random Past two years...2012+2013 judgement made on purely instrumentals of albums, mixtapes and singles. -Jay Z.........overall southern sound...(supposed king of NY) -Fabolous......ATL sound -NORE.......ATL sound -Busta Rhymes...ATL sound -Lloyd Banks...ATL sound -Jadakiss...ATL sound -NaS...NY Sound (KING) -Raekwon...NY Sound -Joe Budden (New Jersey)...ATL sound -Fat Joe...ATL sound -Jim Jones...ATL sound -Juelz Santana...ATL sound -Cory Gunz...ATL sound -Styles P...NY Sound -50 Cent...NY Sound -French Montana...ATL sound 75% of well known/relevant NY artists sounds like they are from ATL Busta rhymes, nore, fat joe, Jay z, Jadakiss have rapped and released music in the 90s ...where the beats were obviously had a NEW YORK sound...ATL/Trap/southern sound become very popular and predominant as of recent (in the past (5 years)... now all of a suddenly these MCs have changed their style... ...THEY ARE FOLLOWERS NOT LEADERS OR INNOVATORS peas

    • Anonymous

      since when is timbo a southern producer? dude did jays whole album

    • Harlem's Reckoning

      Give me, out of Fab's catalog, his southern shit. You might find a few, but those few pale in comparison to the rest of his NY shit. No one is disputing Fab is commercial. You get on here making your own biased fucking statements and provide ZERO proof for your argument. Stop acting like a bitch with your emotions and come with some proof. How about you provide proof for that entire blasphemous fucking list?

    • @ Harlem's Reckoning

      Dude you're such an east coast dick riding faggot if you refute that list. A lot of these artists started off as vintage NY but left that to become more mainstream around the mid 2000's. Fabulous is a commercial rapper FOH with that bullshit. Dude always sounded like he's from the South. Matter fact, look at Maino. Dude always made Southern/commercial music though he is from Brooklyn. NY dickriders don't want to admit their faults/hypocrisies.

    • Harlem's Reckoning

      Suddenly, you know 75% of NY's well known hip hop scene? And this list was picked at random? GTFOH. Jay overall Southern?? MCHG is the only Hov album you own then clown. Fab has NEVER had an ATL sound Joe Budden???? When the whole fuck did he sound ATL? I'll give you Juelz cause he's dog shit. Lloyd Banks? Did you listen to FNO? The Cold Corner tapes? Jada hasn't done or been shit in the past 5 or 6 years. French Montana, ironic cause he's wack too. Busta has a style of his own, you can kick fucking rocks with that bullshit. NORE?? Are you serious? He's the NY version of E-40 with the slang and reggaeton. That leaves Fat Joe, Jim Jones, and Cory Gunz. Each of which had more success before taking their talents South. I love how you left Wu-Tang, Action Bronson, Pro-Era, M.O.P., Prodigy, Troy Ave, and a long ass list of others well known NY MC's off your "list" to fit your opinion. I guess I'll make a list starting with J Cole and Jay Electronica about cats from the South with a NY sound then. SMH

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  • Anonymous

    It's true, just turn on the radio, then watch Revolt or MTV jams...even Jay-Z's latest album is filled with trap beats...only successful rap album that has recently came out that didn't have southern-like beats is Macklemore's...

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  • Anonymous

    Negroes brag about what regions they run while the white men in suits run the whole game from boardrooms at the 4 Major parent labels who control the entire music industry.

  • Burmy

    Now HE dissin' NY...can't wait to hear Papoose's diss track towards him...

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  • Anonymous

    He's right if he includes country music. Rap music wise he's wrong.

  • Anonymous

    "Waka Flocka Flame Says The South Runs Music Period" hip hop is a little part of music, fool

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  • Anonymous

    The charts say otherwise. The best selling hip-hop album of 2013 comes from a Midwest rapper and the best selling hip-hop single of the year comes from a West Coast duo.

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  • YonkersBornAndRaised

    Born and raised in Yonkers NY but................... Texas/Memphis rap music >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Anything the East Coast ever put out

  • Anonymous

    He's right. YMCMB and MMG run every genre. Hiphop, rock, country, EDM, everything. They are the best in the game. Also, they give fans 3 months notice before albums, unlie Gay Z and Beyonce.

  • Anonymous

    The South runs the clubs and the radio that's it. Lately their sales have been as bad as backpack and that's with heavy promo ie banners, "movie" trailers, and other shit to where it can't possibly be making a profit.

  • Anonymous

    aint this the guy who said hes putting out an EDM album?

  • Robert Downey Jr

    Never go full retard.

  • deez

    Isn't this the guy who was selling dvd's in the barbershop movie?

  • Anonymous

    not according to record sales top 3 selling hip-hop albums of 2013 jay-z eminem drake

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