By DJ Charlie Hustle
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer
A lot of people have wondered exactly where Waka Flocka Flame is. Earlier this year, he told “The Breakfast Club” that he was in Europe getting that show money. He made good friends with Steve Aoki, who discussed this friendship with Hip Hop Vibe, and they have a lot of work coming up.
Waka Flocka Flame announced Flockaveli 2 last year and now he has an EDM album in the works. But, Waka Flocka Flame has yet to release either of these projects and fans are patiently waiting. Putting new projects together, Waka Flocka Flame took a little time to discuss them.
XXL recently hosted Waka Flocka Flame and they spoke on his upcoming music. He gave readers a general scope on Turn Up God, speaking on his EDM work with Steve Aoki and he also spoke on Flockaveli 2. Excerpts of this interview can be found below.
Read excerpts from Waka Flocka Flame’s XXL interview below:
XL: So tell me, what are you working on?
Waka Flocka Flame:
Shit, fucking knocking out this thing Flockaveli 2 and getting ready for this second single. I want to roll with a Rico Love record. I think the ladies need something to jam to for this summer. I’ve been killing freestyles, murdering niggas’ freestyles.
I just saw that freestyle that you dropped over Snootie Wild’s “Yayo.”
I’m bodying freestyles, fucking EDM up and I’m still finishing up my Turn Up God album. I’ve just been working man, touring, building my label, signed Joey Fatts, I’ve got Chaz Gotti from Atlanta. We just are moving around.
Tell me about Flockaveli 2. What can the fans expect?
Flockaveli 2, I’m just going to be turning up man, that’s shit’s fire. I’ve got some shit for Flockaveli 2. One of my favorite records on that shit is “How You Feel.” Oh my God. That’s my Shit. That’s my shit. I’ve got Ty Dolla $ign on this, it’s crazy. It’s called “Your Boy.” It’s crazy, I got mad shit man. It’s been done but I keep making records. The more we sit, the more good records and shit we’ll be pilling up. We got to put this shit together.
Who’s working on it?
It’s basically me. I [don’t need] too many features. I don’t really need any help, I’m good.
What about production-wise?
I’ve got 808 Mafia, Lex Luger got a beat, My boy Jojo [Ryder] from Europe got a beat Mike WiLL Made It got a beat. Black Metaphor, he’s the shit. This shit we’re doing, this is amazing right here. I can’t wait to perform this shit, I’ll be dying before my new shit.
Tell me about the EDM joint.
That shit’s fire. Turn Up God, fire, man. It’s just me having fun. I really get to do me. That shit’s crazy.
Who are you working with?
Diplo, Steve Aoki, The Zombie Kids, Borgore, DJ Carnage and I just did this remix of Dillon Francis’ new record, that shit’s about to be mayhem. I’ve got DJ Mayhem. Fuck, we’re going to get everybody, you know what I mean? I fucked with EDM through Europe though, not through America. So I went through EDM in Europe and I came to America and everybody is like, you got to come over here with it now.
Where did you first hear it?
First time I heard it I was in fucking… I think I was in London or Paris. You know when you go into a club and you hear that techno shit. Then one day I heard it the “Brick Squad Anthem.” I’m like, “Oh, shit.” The club was rocking, nigga, and I’m like, “What the fuck? Why the hell I don’t know about this?” And one of my boys was like, “It’s the new shit, they love you.” And I was like, fuck it, and I was in Europe doing hip-hop at night, and I’d go fuck with that [after]. So I got like two, three months of training on it. This is a market too.
Who was the first person you linked up with after you found it?
Mayhem and Borgore. We came up on this record called “Wild Out.” That’s what broke the ice.
When are you dropping these projects?
All this year. Turn Up God will drop in Fall.
And then Flockaveli 2?
What have you learned from Steve Aoki and Diplo and all them?
They are so free-spirited, they don’t got to give a fuck about an opinion. And that right there, I learned a lot by [them] just being real people like that. They really don’t give a fuck about your opinion.
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