2010 was an incredible year for Juaquin Malphurs. After a rocky start, which included a January robbery and shooting, the future of his career became slightly uncertain. But in spite of this setback, the underground buzz from “O Let’s Do It” boiled to uncontainable levels, and slowly but surely, Waka Flocka Flame became a recurrent name on the hip-hop scene.
To date, all of his singles have all attained moderate success of Billboard’s “Rap Songs” chart: “O Let’s Do It” (#7), “Hard in the Paint” (#20) and “No Hands” (#1). In addition, all of his official remixes have featured an all-star cast of fellow rappers – from Diddy and Rick Ross to Gucci Mane and T-Pain. In honor of these tremendous achievements, Wacka Flocka was nominated at BET’s Hip-Hop Awards under the “Rookie of the Year” and “Best Club Banger” categories, and MTV recognized him as the eighth hottest MC of 2010.
In the midst of a promotional campaign for Flockaveli, Waka Flocka managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on the influence of Machiavelli, the importance of authenticity, and the media’s misconceptions about “flocka” music.