Southern rapper Waka Flocka Flame has dropped some expected news this week by announcing plans to hang up the microphone after this year.
Breaking the news on Twitter, Waka did not go into detail about his sudden announcement.
“This game 2 fake I quite rap after this year,” Flocka tweeted, accidentally spelling “quite” instead of “quit.” (Waka Flocka Flame’s Twitter)
In April, Waka Flocka specifically called out his rap critics.
“Good day America, hello world,” Flocka said. “It’s Flocka, we back, man. They say I’m the outcast of hip-hop, the stepchild of rap. I’m just saying f*ck critics, f*ck blogs. I’m going in. Salute Me Or Shoot Me, Volume 3.” (RumorFix)
Last year, the Atlanta rapper said his love for music outweighs an urge to perfect his rhymes on records.
“I don’t feel like I’m no lyricist. I’m not in the booth trying to godd*mn rap big words,” Flocka explained in an interview. “I’m not tryin’ to show off my intelligence. Anybody could memorize big words, put ‘em together. I could do that. But if I don’t use the words on an everyday basis, why use the words in my rap? I just like music. I’m a lover of making music. It could be a big record, small record–as long as I’m making songs. One day it’ll pop; that’s how I look at it. Yeah. What I did in one year–one year–a lot of people accomplish in 10 years. A lot of people don’t like that. They feel I don’t deserve what I got. I’m a hard-a** worker. And I’m here for a reason. This sh*t ain’t luck. I don’t believe in luck.” (RESPECT)
Chicago rapper Twista previously gave SOHH his co-sign of Waka Flocka.
“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)
Check out some past Waka Flocka Flame footage below: