Waka Flocka talks about his new "Rap EDM" album, as well as his other projects including "Flockaveli 2".
Unlike his former friend and collaborator Gucci Mane, who has gone progressively deeper into the trap, Waka is looking to broaden his horizons a bit, looking towards the popular craze of electronic dance music, an influence he hinted at on his last full length LP, Triple F Life.
Waka explained that EDM-rap is the energetic style he was referring to when he named himself the "first punk rapper". “Club jumpin’ like I’m Skrillex, get ‘em Diplo...” The King of Rap EDM is me. I’ve been there. Punk Rap, that’s EDM. People didn’t understand what I was saying, now they do. I see a lot of my students, I’m like the principal, I’m here to talk."
When asked if there is a full EDM project in the works, Flocka confirmed that it will be coming soon. "Yes. Yes. It’s already in the motion. Flosstradamus, Diplo, Skrillex. Some underground people, too. I want to create a name. I’ve been doing it in hip-hop so long."
He then spoke of his experience at SXSW, where he was exposed to the new trend of EDM Trap. "The Southby experience, it was all EDM...Trap music. I went down there only for the ultra. That shit was crazy. I like underground parties; I don’t want to do big concerts, I want that underground shit, that real gutter shit. I walked out into the streets, down the streets, and all that shit."
While Waka is venturing into different styles, he hasn't become Flo Rida just yet, and plans to release a new addition to his Duflocka Rant mixtape series in the near future. "I got a promo code for Duflocka Rant Halftime Show I’m dropping, like, any day. It’s just gonna be a countdown, it's gonna pop up on the blog. It's just gonna pop up."
As for the sequel to his breakthrough debut, the "Hard In The Paint" rapper confirmed that Flockaveli 2 would not be soft."The hardest. That shit hard. It’s hard."