Waka Flocka Flame is the stage name of Juaquin James Malphurs. He started releasing his music in the late 2000s. Soon enough, his music was getting widespread attention, as shown by how his second single went gold while his third single went triple platinum. The man hasn’t released any new music in several years. However, interested individuals should check out his discography anyways.
Here is our opinion of the ten best Waka Flocka songs released so far:
10. “Randy Savage”
“Randy Savage” came out on the mixtape Salute Me or Shoot Me 4 (Banned in America) in 2012. The name refers to one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, who had six reigns as a world champion over a three-decade-plus career. It seems safe to say that the song’s release was no coincidence, seeing as Randy Savage passed away from an undiscovered heart condition in 2011.
9. “Zip Em Up”
“Zip Em Up” is another song from the same mixtape. By this point, Waka Flocka Flame had started experimenting with a wider range of sounds while retaining his characteristic energy. Suffice it to say that “Zip Em Up” benefited from this evolution in his music.
8. “Death of Me”
Of course, Waka Flocka Flame was as magnetic on Salute Me or Shoot Me 4 (Banned in America) as ever before. For proof, look no further than “Death of Me.” It is Waka Flocka Flame’s take on a much-rapped-about topic. Despite that, “Death of Me” stands out because of its incredible intensity.
7. “Grove St. Party”
“Grove St. Party” was the fourth and final single from Waka Flocka Flame’s debut studio album Flockaveli. It never reached the same heights as “Hard in Da Paint” and “No Hands.” However, it reached the number 74 position on the Billboard Hot 100 and the number 12 position on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Song, which were respectable results by any reasonable standard. Even now, “Grove St. Party” remains one of Waka Flocka Flame’s best-received songs, meaning it more than merits a spot on this list.
6. “For My Dawgs”
“For My Dawgs” was never one of the four singles from Flockaveli. Even so, it is in no sense inferior to its album-mates. It is no exaggeration to say that this is one of the songs that earned Waka Flocka Flame his reputation for being one of the most magnetic rappers of his cohort.
5. “Live By the Gun”
This song’s title is a clear reference to the famous proverb. The latter traces its roots to the Gospel of Matthew, which mentions Jesus rebuking one of his disciples for cutting off the ear of the High Priest’s servant. Generally speaking, people have interpreted it to mean that those who live violently will die violently, meaning they should refrain from doing so. Here, the narrator acknowledges the truth of the proverb but chooses to embrace it.
4. “Hard in Da Paint”
“Hard in Da Paint” was Waka Flocka Flame’s second single. Funny enough, it fell short of the Billboard Hot 100, though it did manage to make it to the number 28 position on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Regardless, “Hard in Da Paint” sold enough copies that it received a gold certification from the RIAA. Under those circumstances, it is no exaggeration to say that it provided the rapper with incredible momentum. That is particularly true because of other people engaging with it in one way or another. For instance, the comedian James Davis played Barack Obama in a parody called “Baracka Flacka Flames – Head of the State,” which received a fair amount of interest when it came out.
3. “Bustin at Em”
“Bustin at Em” is another song from Flockaveli. It doesn’t have the most sophisticated lines ever penned. However, that is a good thing rather than a bad thing. After all, the rapidity of the lines adds a great deal to the song’s furious momentum, which is the factor that sets it apart more than anything else.
Karma is the idea that one’s actions in the present determine one’s experiences in the future. It comes from Dharmic religions, which explains why it is so strongly connected with reincarnation. Good actions lead to good future lives. Conversely, bad actions lead to bad future lives. Of course, cause and effect are a notion that exists in every culture, which is why karma has spread to the West so smoothly. Most of the time, it is used to caution people. Essentially, wrongdoing will rebound on the wrongdoer, so it is best to avoid wrongdoing. This song sees Waka Flocka Flame acknowledging that what goes around comes around while still choosing to stand his ground with his head unbowed. That makes for a memorable picture, thus enabling this song to claim the second position on this list.
1. “No Hands”
If people are asked to name a Waka Flocka Flame song, chances are good that “No Hands” is the one that will come up. After all, it remains his most successful song. Furthermore, the competition isn’t even close. For example, the song is certified triple-platinum by the RIAA, meaning it sold more than three million copies in the United States. The runner-up would be “Hard in Da Paint,” which was only gold-certified by the same organization. Similarly, the song peaked at the number 13 position on the Billboard Hot 100 and the number two position on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, meaning it is the rapper’s highest-charting song on both. Yes, some songs succeed despite themselves. However, “No Hands” is more than deserving of its success.
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