Yes, Queens-born Atlanta-bred rapper Waka Flocka Flame is our #8 Hottest MC in the Game. *shakes locs* Not everyone agrees, but everyone gets an opinion, right?
“He’s very well deserving I think, he’s definitely rookie of the year,” said A-town’s DJ Holiday. “He’s worked hard, I remember him playing me his joints on the bus. He’s got that emotion like an Onyx or a Wu-Tang, he’s bringing that feeling to the game.”
After dropping his mixtape Salute Me or Shoot Me Vol. 1 in January 2009, many were introduced to the energetic rapper through his breakout record “O Let’s Do It.” The rowdy club track quickly became a fan favorite, and one year later, after he peppered the streets with more mixtapes and a guest verse on “Bingo,” from Gucci Mane’s 2009 LP, The State vs. Radric Davis, “O Let’s Do It” got an official remix featuring official remix featuring Diddy, Rick Ross and Gucci Mane featuring furs and the A’s Central Station club. Then “Hard In The Paint” took over the clubs in early 2010 followed by “No Hands” featuring Roscoe Dash and Wale, the latter of which currently sits at no. 6 on both Billboard’s Rap Songs and R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.
“While it’s more rap to me than traditional hip-hop, Waka’s ranking as a hot MC is justified,” says John Gotty of The Smoking Section. “Being from the South and involved with age groups ranging from adolescents to adults, his name is often mentioned as if he were more of a cultural phenomenon than a musician. Sure, his time in the spotlight may be limited, but he’s shining bright and doing it with simplicity and honesty. Although it’s contrary to what some members of the music community believe, they should be glad he didn’t get the higher ranking he deserves.”
But everyone isn’t so impressed.
“Now unfollowing @mtvrapfix <–Waka Flaka flacka number 8 ? You killin hiphop,” tweeted PhillyBoiSWP.
“It’s a joke, right? Do lyrics just not matter anymore?” added Kobe42085.
While we know Waka isn’t the most lyrical dude, his power in the clubs is undeniable and even New York’s Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex agrees.
“What’s very important when you talk about Hot is that you gotta listen to the people and what the people say, is where it’s moving,” Flex told RapFix. “My man Waka Flocka is one of the hottest people [and he's] been doing his thing the last couple of months, not just from the first records, from all his records man up until now … hot. When this boy touches in the club? Mean.”
“How can they leave out Waka? He’s killing it right now!” agreed Mauriciogarcia3 via Twitter.
The kid’s so mean in fact, that his last mixtape became a full-fledged album. No Drake.
“Flockaveli was a mixtape was originally, and when we put up the cover online it got like 500,000 views in a day, so for the label to actually take it and make it an album, that’s speaks for itself and my body of work,” said DJ Holiday, who hosted the mixtape. “The album has actually got three successful singles on it and there are other little joints like “Grove Street” that I like and, of course, “Bussin’ At Em.” He’s creating a fan base and his own lane, a lot of people are gonna coat tail but he’s got his lane sewn up. I’m proud of him.”
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