Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame has clarified his decision to retire and revealed that he wants nothing to do with the music industry once he hangs up the microphone.
Nixing plans to even take an executive position, Waka said he wants to help the youth upon retiring.
“Nah, I am gonna retire,” Waka promised in an interview. “I’m gonna retire from the industry — I’m not gonna kick it in the industry no more. I’m gonna do what I wanna do, how I started like from the beginning. I’m gonna do exactly what I wanna do. I don’t expect to win awards, I don’t expect to go to big venues. I’m gonna really help the youth — this is what I started doin’ it for, so I’m gonna finish doin’ it — Yeah, I’m gonna retire — from the industry.” (RapFix)
Waka’s Ferrari Boyz rapping partner Gucci Mane recently gave SOHH his reaction to Flocka’s retirement talk.
“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)
A few weeks ago, Three 6 Mafia’s DJ Paul said he did not believe Waka would retire.
“I like Waka Flocka. Waka Flocka’s one of my favorites,” Paul told Rap-Up TV. When asked what he thought of Waka’s possible retirement, he responded, “I remember when I was his age. You’re having too much fun. He won’t do it.” (Rap-Up)
Last month, Waka opened up about his lack of motivation to maintain a rap career.
“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)
Check out Waka Flocka Flame addressing his retirement below: