With an upcoming album highly regarded as one of the anticipated LPs set to drop this year, Triple F, Waka’s sophomore follow-up will make its’ impact on June 12th – and riding high off his Trey Songz featured “I Don’t Care,” sky’s the limit for Deb’s baby-boy this coming summer. The Brick Squad leader-in-charge becomes the latest cover boy for XXL’s June issue, hitting newsstands on May 29th. And in the mag, he discusses his uncertainty about celebrity and fame (whether he feels as if he actually is a celeb), spear-heading his Brick Squad label, deeming himself a hipster, and the tragic loss of his homie, Slim Dunkin.
Peep a few excerpts below:
On handling celebrity status:
-“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.
On his Brick Squad Label:
-“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.”
On calling himself a hipster:
-“I’m a hipster in my own sense. My little brother’s a hipster a little. Like, he’s a real fuckin’ hipster. Like, a rock-star hipster, so I fuck with ’em. U grew up fuckin’ with ’em. So it don’t matter. I’m with that. I smoke harder than them no mater what. I’m a “Flockster.”
On Slim Dunkin’s death:
-“Dunk died, I couldn’t do shit four months, almost five moths straight. I couldn’t stay down long forever, cause bills gotta be paid, mouths to be fed. But that shit took a toll on us, man. Like right now, from December to fuckin’ April…That’s how long it took me to bounce back my nigga. That shit crazy.”