News: Waka Flocka Burns Retirement Guarantee Into Flames, "I Don't See Myself Quitting No More" [Video]
Monday, Apr 30, 2012 7:47PM
Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame is letting fans know he is here for the long haul, breaking a past promise to enter into an early retirement from music-making.
With no plans of slowing down, Flocka announced his initiative to keep putting together new records.
"I'm on my second one, so the third one might be true," Flocka said when asked about retiring after a third LP. "I don't know. The way they treat me, I spent my lifetime trying to do this. I don't see myself quitting no more, it's over for that. On to the next one." (Hip Hop Wired)
In February, Waka Flocka protege Frenchie talked to SOHH about his now-defunct retirement plan.
"Ah nah, not at all, man," Frenchie told SOHH when asked if he took the Waka Flocka retirement buzz seriously. "That's my family. It's only so much you can take from somebody. It's like when you see things and get stressed out, you'll say certain things. But then you have influences like me, Wooh Da Kid, Gucci [Mane] that's around him and influence him, showing him how much people work. You can't slow down, this is a family business. We've got to keep this sh*t rolling. ... I've seen his development as an artist. The energy that he brings to the game is so insane." (SOHH)
Last year, Flocka said a lack of motivation to maintain a rap career steered him into planning retirement.
"That's absolutely true," Flocka said, confirming his retirement tweet. "The game as a whole is fake. I'm tired of just going through what I go through and then at the end of the day, the forecast is always rain. It always rains on my world. It's so many different haters, fake smiles, fake hugs, so to prevent myself from doing anything, I'd just rather quit. I'd rather work at Walmart than rap and that's my word on God. Yup. I'll put that on Jesus Christ, I ain't lying. It's something I could never explain because people aren't living this lifestyle. So at the end of the day, people living the lifestyle can probably understand why I'm doing it. At the end of the day, I'm just doing it for my friends and my family, get them straight and then it's over for me." (V-103)
Following the announcement, SOHH hit up Flocka's mentor/rapper Gucci Mane for his take on the retirement hype.
"Me just being honest, I'm one of Waka's biggest fans," Gucci added when asked if he believes Waka will really retire by 2012. "I'm a huge fan of his music, you know what I'm saying? Me just being a fan and seeing how he is when he goes into the studio, I would hate for him to stop rapping because I like what he's doing. Every song he's every made, I've liked. He goes hard. So I would hate for him to leave the game because I think he's bringing a whole new thing to the rap game. He's got his own style." (SOHH)
Check out Waka Flocka Flame's interview below: