Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame recently discussed his collaborations wishlist and said he still considers himself a hip-hop rookie despite having three years under his belt.
According to Flocka, he is not yet ready or deserving of a high caliber guest feature.
“Nobody,” Waka said when asked if there’s anyone he still wants to collaborate with. “I don’t want to work with nobody. If the situation approach, I’m going to take advantage of it but I ain’t looking for it. I still feel like I don’t deserve a Kanye feature, a Jay-Z feature, 50 features, you know what I mean? I’ve been rapping in ’09. I gotta work. Probably next year. I don’t even know how to count bars still. Yeah, that’s still new to me.” (WiLD 94.9)
Despite his modesty, the rapper previously pointed out how Kanye West recruited his close friend Lex Luger and built off a sound they created together.
Waka–who claims to have came up with the word “HAM”–says he felt relieved by the similarities. “What are y’all gonna say now?” he says when asked about these songs. “Jay-Z stupid as hell? My sound is wack? You gonna say that? They love the sound. They can’t run away from it. That shit re-sparked n*ggas’ careers. My sound put life into a lot of people’s careers. I feel like my sound changed hip-hop. Period. It’s crazy when I came out with it everybody laughed at it, but the next year everybody’s doing it. They getting credit for the sh*t you started. You be like, ‘D*mn, how is this n*gga a genius for doing something I started?'” (Complex)
Outside of Jay-Z and Mr. West, Flocka also reflected on Rick Ross‘ usage of his signature sound.
“That’s crazy,” says Waka. “But what you gonna say? This n*gga [Rick Ross] out here making 30 f*cking sounds with your sound. He watering it down, just putting words together that sounded good. Shit would be harder if it was the truth.” If you think Waka might be supremely pissed about the imitators, you’re right. He is. “That sh*t made me tight,” he says. “N*ggas built labels off our sound–like, literally. You know how many n*ggas sound like Lex Luger and Southside? I go in n*ggas’ studios, all their beats sound like my producers. I be like, ‘What the f*ck?’ But above all he tries to maintain perspective: “You can’t be mad at something you can’t control.” (Complex)
Back in 2010, Flocka talked to SOHH about his bond alongside Luger as rap’s new Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre.
“Lex Luger did about 12 to 13 of the beats so you already know that the whole album is jumping,” Flocka told SOHH referring to Flockaveli. “From front to the back. “Turned Up” is on the album, “Southside” is on it too. The production is there. Lex is my Dr. Dre, literally. Like, that’s why we’re the new Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. Real talk. He knows everything about me, that’s my boy. That’s like my little brother and my business partner. That’s my dawg. If I need something or he needs something, he’s gonna ask me. We party together, we laugh together, we do everything. He can come to my house and spend a whole month just hanging out.” (SOHH)
Check out Waka Flocka Flame’s interview below: