News: Waka Flocka Flakes On $27K Florida Show
Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010 6:39PM
Southern rapper Waka Flocka Flame has reportedly been accused of backing out of a $27,500 Florida show last week which resulted in a no-show by the "Hard In The Paint" hitmaker.
Details on the alleged bail out hit Internet and suggested Flame was not paid in full upon arriving to a Melbourne venue.
Waka Flocka Flame is reaching near-MF DOOM levels of achievement when it comes to not attending shows, according to recent reports. The young rapper apparently failed to preform at a charity concert in Melbourne, Florida due to a dispute with the event's promoters. Waka Flocka reportedly refused to perform at Levelz nightclub's charity event "Hip Hop For Hunger" when promoters failed to hand over $10,000 in cash. (Hip Hop DX)
Confirmation from the show's organizer also claimed Waka's $10,000 request was in addition to an already arranged amount.
"It was to benefit families for the holidays," said Christopher Duncan Jr, an event organizer. "We thought it was a perfect fit, we were told that he has a good heart. He was trying to make a difference, and we welcomed him with open arms. We do apologize and are working hard to compensate those fans who came out." Duncan said Waka's crew turned up at the nightclub but demanded $10,000 on top of the $27,500 already agreed upon for the performance. (Florida Today)
Over the past few months, Waka has made headlines for concert disputes.
The incident is one of many concert-related incidents involving Waka Flock Flame this year. Last month, Alabama promotions company G.D.B. Promotions filed suit against Waka's booking agent and companies for $1 million after they dropped more than $20K to have him appear at a show in June 2009. In July, Waka was questioned in a case involving a woman who claimed to have been sexually assaulted while on his and Gucci Mane's tour bus. Also in June, Waka was cheated out of a $10,000 payment after promoters paid him in counterfeit bills. He was showered with bottles during a gig in May, and a shooting took place at a show this past March at a Gary, Ind. venue where eight teens were left hospitalized. (The Boom Box)
Outside of controversy, Waka Flocka has received strong co-signs lately from artists like 50 Cent and Twista.
"The connection with a Twista and Waka, people think lyrics," Twista told SOHH. "So they're thinking, 'How did he...?,' but the connection with me and Waka is the street vibe. Waka Flocka's vibe and the stuff he talks about reminds me of my hood, the city of Chicago. So my vibe with him is more so on a street level and I kind of vibe with him on a street level. I also understand we're in different times. I know if an artist picks up a pen and tries to write something, he's definitely trying to make something. So when I hear music, I feel like I can sometimes hear the artistry in music faster than other people. Some people have to wait for a song to blow up to realize an artist has potential, but when I hear him, I hear a hood n*gga having fun. [laughs] That's my whole vibe with it. That's my connection with him, I felt like I connected with him on that street level rather than his rhymes or whether he could rap. I pride myself in being able to make a song with anybody, so we got it in and did what we did." (SOHH)
No further details have been revealed as of now.