by Rashad Grove
(AllHipHop Features) Juaquin James Malphurs aka Waka Flocka Flame has been a mainstay on the Hip-Hop landscape for close to decade. With his raw energy and versatility, he made name for himself with club-banging singles "O Let's Do It", "Hard in da Paint", and "No Hands." Waka was one of the leading figures of a new generation of Southern rappers that helped to bring “Trap Music” into the mainstream, influence Hip-Hop in a major way.
Since his debut, he has released a collection of well-received mixtapes and he’s even created music and toured in the EDM genre. Waka transformed into a T.V. personality by appearing on Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta alongside his wife, Tammy Rivera, on their own VH1 show Meet the Flockas, and an actor in films such as Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, Black Dynamite, Rock Is Dead?
I talked with Waka about his love for his family, conscious eating instead of veganism, his upcoming music projects, and starring in the new film, the psychological thriller, Mollywood.
AllHipHop: How’s everything my man? Glad to be talking to you.
Waka Flocka Flame: I’m good man. Glad to be talking to you.
AllHipHop: You’re coming up on the 10th anniversary of your debut album Flockaveli**. How does it feel to be an OG in the game?**
Waka Flocka Flame: It feels good to mature. I don’t if I’m a OG tho (Laughing). I think I’ve matured in a lot of ways. Sometimes people want you to stay the same. I’m 33 years-old man. I can’t make the same music and or be the same person.
AllHipHop: One of the things I admired about you was your change of lifestyle regarding your eating. How did you come to make those lifestyle changes?
Waka Flocka Flame: When my brother passed away, I started to try to detox my body and I my entire life. Yeah, I became a vegan but now I call myself now a “conscious eater”, meaning, I'm conscious about the things I put in my mouth, and about the things that I drink. When is saying I was a vegan, I feel like I was coming off like I was better than other people you know? I said before that some vegans are like the fu**ing cops man. People be hiding their food like, “The vegans are around.” I didn’t want all of that to be what people thought of me. But when I changed the way I ate, I discovered just how selfish I was. I made me try to be a better person.
AllHipHop: While you’re mostly known as a rapper from the Atlanta who helped bring “Trap Music” to the masses but you have grown to make EDM music as well. How was that transition?
Waka Flocka Flame: It was great man. After make music and touring with people like Borgore, Diplo, and Steve Aoki, I dropped Turn Up Godz mixtape*.* The energy of EDM is what I loved. I was seeking something different at the time and ran into EDM. Nobody who really knew who I was on the EDM scene and that was cool.
AllHipHop: How did you come to cast in Mollywood?
Waka Flocka Flame: There’s some wild shit happening in Mollywood. The director of the movie, Morocco Vaughn, is a good friend of mine. He directed a lot of my videos for my first album. Morocco was one of my first directors of my career, so when he approached me about the movie, I was like with it. When I found out he was stepping up to Hollywood, I knew I was in good hands. When he came to me with the concept, I loved it, and we worked on the “Bijou” character together.
AllHipHop: I’m sure you plan on making more movies. Do you think that Hollywood embraces rappers in movies more today than in the past?
Waka Flocka Flame: I’m looking forward to more acting roles. I been getting a lot of offers for sure. I’m not a just rapper. I’m an entertainer. Yeah, I rap and that’s how I got on the scene but I’m an entertainer. I refuse to be labeled or boxed in because I have lot more to offer.
AllHipHop: What new music projects that you have coming out?
Waka Flocka Flame: I still run Brick Squad Monopoly and I started a management company Percy's Brickhouse. I got some new artists I signed that you need to be checking for: Prince Ink, is from New Orleans, and another artist from Comstock, Georgia, named Jimmy Rocket. Outside of music, movies, and business, I want to be the best husband and father I can be. Family is always the most important thing to me.