Waka Flocka Flame Clarifies Comments About Rick Ross, Jay-Z

Waka Flocka Flame Clarifies Comments About Rick Ross, Jay-Z

Waka Flocka Flame blames journalist for controversy, walks back claim Rick Ross stole his sound.

Published June 14, 2012

After raising eyebrows with his recent comments about the way Rick Ross, Jay-Z and Kanye West have co-opted his sound, Waka Flocka Flame is downplaying the remarks in a new interview.

Flocka was a guest on Power 105.1's the Breakfast Club this morning [June 14], where he accused Complex magazine, where the initial comments appeared, of "fumbling" his words.

Here's what Waka said about Jay-Z and Kanye West evoking his sound on their single "H.A.M." as quoted by Complex.

“What are y’all gonna say now? Jay-Z stupid as hell? My sound is wack? You gonna say that? They love the sound. They can’t run away from it. That sh-- re-sparked n---as’ careers. My sound put life into a lot of people’s careers. I feel like my sound changed hip hop. Period."

During the Power 105 interview, Flocka said his words were blown out of proportion.

"Jay-Z been rapping since I was in school. How could I help his career?" he said.

The Brick Squad rapper somewhat contradicted himself a moment later in the interview, however, admitting that he had said he provided Jay-Z with a "spark."

"The only thing I said was I feel like my style of music put a spark back in Jay-Z," he said. "Like the 'H.A.M.' beat? That's how I sound."

Although he got angry in Complex when discussing how Rick Ross "built a label off our sound," Waka now says he and go-to producer Lex Luger don't mind sharing the love.

"It's better to spread it around than keep it in the closet," he said. "When you spread it around, then everything sounds like that so you moving as one."

Waka's new album, Triple F Life, hit stores the past Tuesday.

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Written by Reggie Ugwu


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