Waka Flocka Flame Uses Classic DJ Premier To Show He Can Really RAP
Few artists can claim to have had as prolific of a mixtape career as Waka Flocka Flame. While the Atlanta, Georgia representative is often recognized for his Trap beat ear and boisterous delivery, he can sometimes unload a track that shows a deft lyricist who often downplays his talent or gets misunderstood by some listeners.
Back in 2014, Waka bodied a multitude of Hip-Hop instrumentals. First, he reworked J. Cole, and at the end of the year, made a “Jackin’ For Beats”-style “5:56.” Now comes Waka’s sarcastically-titled I Can’t Rap, Vol. 2 (embedded below). The latest freebie from the “No Hands” hit-maker sees Flocka tackling a multitude of instrumentals. A highlight comes when the MC originally from Jamaica, Queens taking a slice of D’Angelo’s “Devil’s Pie,” as produced by DJ Premier.
From mimicking D’Angelo’s mumbling under the beat that rapper Canibus reportedly passed on, Waka makes a 20-year-old gem his own for two minutes. “Slice of the ‘Devil’s Pie,’ you can ask D’Angelo / I got big balls, the same size of a cantaloupe / I’m sick wid’ it, ’bout to hit ’em with the antidote / B*tch, you can suck my d*ck, where did my manners go?,” before the rapper speeds up his flow to recall a youth of gang-banging, not caring what others thought, and always ready for that action. “F*ck a slice, my ni**a, I want the whole pie though / I want a pot of gold and a ribbon in the sky though / When the bullets fly, I seen the realest ni**as die though / Next thing you ask yourself: ‘where did the time go?’” As the song winds out, Flocka jokes that he can’t rap.
In other news, Brick Squad founder Gucci Mane recently confirmed that his five-year beef with Waka is “in the past now.” This year, W.F.F. dropped three mixtapes, in addition to appearing on Lecrae’s Let The Trap Say Amen. Meanwhile, Preemo released PRhyme 2, in addition to work with Evidence, Apathy, and Drake, among others.
#BonusBeat: Waka Flocka Flame’s full I Can’t Rap, Vol. 2 mixtape: