Waka Flocka Flame, Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family
Bigger boasts, quicker rhymes and expectedly seismic production
Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame’s 2010 debut, Flockaveli, highlighted the fact that the menacing MC seriously lacked skills in the lyrics department. It also showed that the gruff, dreadlocked master-of-the-street anthem was loud, brash and unrelentingly narcissistic, openly talking up his drug-game prowess and making no bones about his knack for getting it in. Moreover, it proved Flocka to be one of the best things to happen to hip-hop in years. The rap game needs more MCs like him, unabashedly sure of their purpose and calling, however trivial. And Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family ups the aggressive ante: bigger boasts, quicker rhymes (although that’s not really the point here) and expectedly seismic production courtesy of Flockaveli‘s widely-praised hero, Lex Luger, and Waka’s friend/producer, Southside. Drake (“Round of Applause”) and Trey Songz (“I Don’t Really Care”) try and keep things classy. But why interrupt a carefully-curated, classless affair?