Pete Rock Goes Hard In The Paint At Waka Flocka For Disrespecting Hip-Hop’s OGs
At the top of this month, rapper Waka Flocka Flame appeared in a lengthy video interview with the ThisIs50 staff. Among a host of topics, the gold-certified rapper defended his generation and faulted Hip-Hop’s older community for not properly informing him and his peers about the industry, and providing necessary information.
Around the 4:00 mark of the video embedded below, Waka mentions famed 1980s Harlem clothier Dapper Dan, who his uncles liked. He points out a popular opinion (as reported by The New York Times) that for years, the Gucci fashion brand mass-produced ideas that originated from Dan’s custom designs. Flocka mentions that Gucci recently collaborated with the designer. However, in a strange turn of events, Waka says he’s too young to recognize the specific designs Gucci stole from Dan. He moves to a broader point that he should not be expected to know certain specifics.
“That’s not our generation’s fault. That’s the [fault of the] older generation, for not informing us and keeping us up to date. So there’s a lot of sh*t from the older generation, sayin’ ‘This ain’t Hip-Hop! Y’all ni**as killed Hip-Hop!’ Yeah, but y’all ni**as ain’t save it. Y’all was supposed to save it!” Asked who he is referring to, the Brick Squad Monopoly leader says, “all these old ni**as that’s poppin’ like they’re legends. F*ck it, I’ma go right at your jugular ’cause y’all [mad] at my generation. Ni**a, I feel like I’m the [JAY-Z or the Nas] of my generation. F*ck it, I can’t rap better [but] hey, my credibility in my generation is just as good as you, [as it was] in your generation. But it’s y’all job to keep us [educated]. If we gettin’ f*cked by labels, y’all let us get f*cked ’cause y’all was doin’ it before us. So just like we’re drinkin’ Henny [and making money-phones], y’all was doin’ that! Y’all had pistols in videos and all that! Stop actin’ like ni**as wasn’t doin’ that! But it’s y’all fault for not holding the labels [accountable] and keeping the Black community happy,” Waka said, adding that “I’m not siding with no one; I’m siding with my generation. I don’t give a f*ck about skin color.” At 8:15, he comes back to the point and says, “Don’t point fingers at this generation. We’re just as lost as y’all. Y’all ni**as ain’t record execs. Who’s fault that is? Y’alls, y’all f*cked up.”
Apparently the video, published November 2, touched a nerve with Pete Rock. The legendary producer/rapper has had several run-ins with contemporary rappers, including Lil Yachty and Young Dolph. This weekend, Rock posted a seething Instagram post condemning Waka Flocka Flame for his remarks. The post attached a photo of the former Gucci Mane protégé and began, “I’m gonna defend my older heads and tell you you’re not equal. Be as disrespectful as you want. You’re not doing what we did [and] haven’t accomplished what we accomplished. Our generation didn’t experiment with pills or syrup or anything synthetic. It’s already written in history,” he pointed to Hall of Fame inductions of his generation. “Where are you at in any of that? The problem is y’all never had respect from the jump. We are the reason you’re who you are do whatever it is you’re doing! Pay homage to who was before you. [The] problem is also y’all want us to accept music that don’t move nothing but the young, when you making music its to inspire everyone not just your era.” In the same message he wrote, “Just make better music and spit like an MC. Yeah, y’all different but nothing of what Nas, [KRS-ONE], [Big Daddy] Kane, JAY-Z or any official rapper has ever taught you. We [are] saying something about your generation ’cause you’re simply not making heart-and-soul-felt music, young ni**a!”
After Pete’s Saturday IG post, Waka Flocka responded on Twitter. He told the Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth co-founder, “Damn P this post was lame and uncalled for. I should slap the sh*t outta you.”
Waka followed that remark with a tweet that his family was once regularly around Pete.
Last weekend (November), Pete Rock called out Jay Electronica for not releasing an album during another social media post, replying to Rap Radar‘s seven-year anniversary post of Jay signing to Roc Nation.
Pete replied “And [fans] got nothing. How disappointing is that? [What the f*ck] are you doing in Hip-Hop then? An MC is a terrible thing to waste. Not one album from this dude. [The] world ain’t gonna change when you drop something.”
Waka Flocka Flame and Pete Rock have shared collaborators, including Talib Kweli, Rick Ross, and Jadakiss.