Rap newcomer Waka Flocka Flame recently talked about his admiration for Italian philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli and why he retards his image.
Much like the late Tupac Shakur (who later changed his name to Makaveli) Waka stressed the impact Machiavelli had on his music.
“Tupac introduced me to the [writing] of Machiavelli,” Waka said in an interview. “That’s why I made that. I can’t just, ‘Oh, Tupac did that, so I’m gonna do that too.’ If people read, they would love that man. That man is a mind-game genius. I read the Machiavelli war-tactic books, his biography, everything. That man is just like sticks and stones, bad. You see Waka Flocka, what do you think? Negativity. You read Machiavelli? Negativity. My brain, I’m so sharp, I can play stupid on the camera and they think I’m dumb. So really. you just playing yourself. I’m so ahead of y’all. That’s for the bloggers.” (MTV)
Flocka recently talked with SOHH about being inspired by the late Pac.
“I apologize to Tupac fans if they think I’m using Tupac to sell records,” Waka told SOHH. “I’m not. Tupac is the reason why I really made Flockaveli. It’s because of the story of . You know what I’m saying? And at the time right now, I’m gonna sum it all up, Makaveli had his back up against the wall, he felt like people were out to get him. You know what I’m saying? It’s how he felt. At the time I was making my album, that’s how I felt. And that’s what was going on. I was going through bad press, bad time, everything.” (SOHH)
Last August, Waka detailed how much inspiration Pac had on his life.
“I was definitely inspired by Pac a while lot growing up, so people are definitely going to get to know me on a personal level,” Flocka said in an interview. “It’s really just my introduction to the world. I can’t tell my story whole story until I got people’s ears. Out of the 15 or 16 songs that are going to make the album, Lex Luger probably did 12 of them. That’s my Dr. Dre… and I’m his Snoop [Laughs]. He’s the new sound of Hip-Hop. You ask anyone who needs a hit and Lex will come up in their conversation, guaranteed.” (VIBE)
Machiavelli is most renowned for his philosophies and literature.
The greatest source of Machiavelli’s reputation is, of course, The Prince (1532). The main theme of this short book is that all means may be resorted to for the establishment and preservation of authority — the end justifies the means — and that the worst and most treacherous acts of the ruler are justified by the wickedness and treachery of the governed. The Prince was condemned by Pope Clement VIII. (History Guide)
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