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This Is That "Red Bull Rap"
on October 7, 2010
The best way for me to describe Waka Flocka Flame, much less this CD, is to compare it to Red Bull: Its chock full of energy and a lot of people like it, but its ultimately unsatisfying and too much of it is bad for you.
Let me just say first off that despite my obvious biased, I gave this CD a listen. I really did, all 17 tracks. At the risk of being called a Waka hater, I was really not feeling this CD, and that is an understatement of epic proportions. Music is an art form and there is no right way to express yourself through it, and despite how I feel about this dude's music in general, I have been hearing people talking about this CD a lot for the last week or so, and I decided to see if everyone else was seeing something I'm not. For the life of me, I cant figure out this guy's appeal.
Waka suffers from what I call Same Song Syndrome (SSS); a very common disease among many mainstream rappers where they will make one catchy song, then replicate that song several times but alter the beat and lyrics slightly and call it an album. I will concede however, that the production on this album is pretty decent in the sense that it doesn't sound like something a kid made in his room with Frooty Loops basic. Money was spent to make this dude sound good. The sound clearly draws heavily from the short lived Crunk movement, as well as the general syth sound heard in most mainstream southern rap, giving it that pumped up fight music feel. Unfortunately, thats about as high a praise as I can really give Flockaveli, because as much as people want to try and downplay the importance of lyrics in hip hop, they do make a difference.
Waka keeps it very simple: his sub genre of Hip Hop is Gangsta Rap, therefore he raps about doing a bunch of "gangsta" stuff. Throughout the entire CD, every song, save for "F**k This Industry" is about busting gats, riding on enemies, robbing, stealing, haters, making money, and fighting. Sadly, the people expected nothing more of his music, but thats another topic. Because he is so simplistic in his subject matter and lyrical ability, he is easily accessible to anyone who wants to listen to him, but anyone who likes to hear about more then one thing for an hour will quickly grow tired of Waka's monotony. "For My Dawgs", "F**k This Industry" and maybe "No Hands" are the only examples of a 17 track album of any type of attempt at something to change it up. But clearly, thats not what Waka is going for; he's keeping it "real" on Flockaveli, and apparently this is all he knows.
Another things to beware of about this album: do not mistaken being "raw and energetic" with having talent. One of the most consistent things I have heard people saying about Flockaveli is that "he is so raw with it! Its so full of energy, and blah blah blah". While the album is full of energy (thanks mainly to the production) as far as him keeping it raw... please. Enumerable gangsta rappers past and present have done it better.
Lastly, ***gets up on soapbox*** I have to express my dislike for this CD for the content. I dont think there are too many people who can and will defend Waka making positive music. He's not, point blank. This is music to blast in your car when you just want to be loud and energized, nothing more. Come on people, lets call a Spade a Spade and be done with it, Waka Flocka Flame is by no stretch of the imagination a good music maker. Dont give him points because he's a half-booty artist doing half-booty work. But at the end of the day, your going to like you want, so if you feel the need to drop ten bucks on Fozzy Bear here, go for it. You'll be getting your money's worth for years to come ***rolls eyes and gets off soapbox***