Even Waka Flocka Flame's interviews go hard in the paint. Or at least this one did, on New York radio station Power 105 FM's The Breakfast Club this morning. A candid, if exhausted, Waka — he'd reportedly had a late night in the studio — opened up on the murder of his friend Slim Dunkin, his beef with Young Jeezy affiliate Slick Pulla and more with hosts Angela Yee, DJ Envy and Charlemagne Tha God.
Asked about reports he had dissed Jeezy on the mic at a concert, Waka clarified that he only has ill will towards Tha Snowman's CTE crew member Slick Pulla. "I never had problems with Jeezy," Waka said. "I said a guy he's with, Slick Pulla. I dont like him — period. He's a coward. It's not CTE, it's him as a man. My name is Joaquin; whoever his name is, that's who I don't like. Jeezy ain't do nothing to me. He's got good music, I always been a fan of him. I can't hate no man for who he stand next to."
Waka further explained that he has problems with Pulla "on sight." "I don't wanna shoot you, I wanna beat you up," he said. "We're going to do it like the county [jail]; go in the room, put a sheet over the door, the best man walk out.... After we scrap, it's over — he cool with me. Don't bump heads with me though, daddy."
Waka's beef with Pulla allegedly stems from an altercation last year inside an Atlanta store. "[I] smashed him, it was like WWF in there," Waka said. "I don't even dislike him; I dislike the situation that he did.
Waka explained that he doesn't "go looking for trouble" — but he doesn't run away from it either. "I always play defense. I'm just not the one to be playing with," he insisted. "Somebody said, 'You're a role model.' What, they want me to tell a kid, [if] someone punch you, run and go get authorities? No, defend yourself. Someone punch me in my face — what, I'm supposed to be like, 'Oh I'm a rapper, he's gonna sue me, dont touch him.' I'm gonna break your jaw."
Waka was much more subdued when asked about how he's dealing with the death of his friend and protége Slim Dunkin, who was murdered last December in an Atlanta recording studio. "I don't accept it — period," Waka said, explaining that he's still grappling with the incident emotionally. That's my dog, I made him rap. If I never made him rap, imagine...."
Prosecutors and police allege the shooter was rapper Young Vito, born Vinson Hardimon, who was recently indicted. "I hope he win," Waka said ominously. "I hope he get free, straight up."
But Waka also found the time to discuss something more positive: his music, most notably his new album, Triple F Life: Friends, Fans and Family. "I'm done with my album, I've been done like three weeks ago," he said. "I'm just getting the paperwork right, fixing the samples in the beats, catching the features and I'm done. It go hard too."
Let's hope Waka can keep going hard on wax and onstage, but manage to keep a cool head elsewhere.
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