Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame graces the upcoming June 2012 cover of XXL Magazine where he wastes no time proclaiming his Brick Squad Monopoly‘s greatness and dealing with the passing of late group member Slim Dunkin.
Describing his crew’s potential in an ever-changing rap game, Waka ranks BSM amongst hip-hop’s elite ranging from the legendary Wu-Tang Clan to Birdman‘s Cash Money Records.
“I don’t feel like a celebrity, or this quote-unquote star everybody talk about. I guess Waka Flocka like a job, honestly. I’m at my job right now, so I gotta do it to my fullest. … I got a whole label, man. We fire. We the new Wu-Tang, Roc-A-Fella. We what these labels are trying to create right now. We the new Cash Money. Squad! Flockaveli was the return of gangsta. I brought gangsta back, man.” (XXL Magazine)
Flocka also uses the cover feature to speak on late group member Slim Dunkin’s fall 2011 death.
“Dunk died, I couldn’t do sh*t four months, almost five moths straight. I couldn’t stay down long forever, cause bills gotta be paid, mouths to be fed. But that sh*t took a toll on us, man. Like right now, from December to f*ckin’ April…That’s how long it took me to bounce back my n*gga. That sh*t crazy.” (XXL Magazine)
Just last year, the Atlanta-based rapper talked about hanging up the microphone for good.
“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, Brick Squad’s Frenchie hit up SOHH and discussed Dunkin’s passing.
“I’ve always been able to move forward because I feel like the more you think about it, the more you suffer,” Frenchie told SOHH referring to Slim. “God works in his own purposes. That’s my brother right there. If I keep on stressing myself, I’m not gonna be able to do what my brother wanted us to do. We all go hard. We push ourselves within our Brick Squad family and follow suit. That’s what it’s all about. … [Slim’s passing] pulled us together. That’s family and so of course it hit the home base. We’ve got to keep working for my boy’s legacy and never let him die. We can never let his spirit die. He’s no longer here, but he’s here in the spirit. The longer we keep it in the air, the longer people are going to know who he is.” (SOHH)
The June 2012 issue of XXL Magazine drops Tuesday, May 29th.
Check out some recent Waka Flocka Flame footage below: