Waka Flocka, born Juaquin James Malphurs, grew up in the music scene with his mom, Debra Antney, as the former manager of Gucci Mane. Mane gets to take credit for being the brains behind the creative name of “Flocka Flame” while “waka” came from the Muppets character Fozzie Bear’s catch phrase, “waka waka.”
Since Waka Flocka was surrounded by musicians, it was no surprise when the then 24-year-old from Atlanta, Georgia, jumped into the music scene with his first album, Flockaveli, in 2010.
“No Hands,” his third single from the album features Roscoe Dash and Wale and peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100, which is his highest charting single in the US.
While Waka Flocka maybe hasn’t garnered the national spotlight like N.W.A. quite yet, he holds the same aggressive adrenaline and isn’t afraid to speak his opinions. In all his albums and mixtapes, he gives off a “no one can stop me” temperament.
And he’s right. He won’t take any bullshit from people and you best believe it.
Perhaps one of his biggest attributes, though, is his choice of collaborations. Waka Flocka brings in a variety of musicians on his recordings, which is evident on his 2012 sophomore album Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family, which features Drake, Nicki Minaj, B.o.B., Ludacris and more.
Although he hasn’t released a full album in four years, his 10 mixtapes and attempt at running for President of the US has kept him busy. (Spoiler alert: he’s not of age yet. So we’ll be patiently waiting until we can get Waka2024 bumper stickers. #Waka2024)
Prior to Waka Flocka’s show, Mike Floss kicks things off with some poetic rapping from Nashville. Floss is no stranger to the stage as he’s opened for Future, Pusha T, Wale and more. While it’s not the usual music we may hear coming out of Nashville, Floss is looking to change the stereotype and truly make it the “Music City.”
Hansen Agricultural Student Learning Center at Iowa State University
$30 ($18 with an ISU student ID)
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