The Evolution of Waka Flocka Flame

Don't miss Waka Flocka tonight on 106 & Park!

The Evolution of Waka Flocka Flame - Flame on. Waka Flocka turns 27 today (May 31) and he's following everyone who tweets #HappyBirthdayWaka. It's been trending nationwide for some time now, though, so whilst you wait for the follow back, let's take a moment to reflect on the Brick Squad repper's roller-coaster journey.(Photo: Leon/PictureGroup)

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The Evolution of Waka Flocka Flame - Let's take a moment to reflect back on theformer Brick Squad rapper's roller-coaster journey. Check out Waka's evolution, from yesterday to today to tomorrow.  Don't miss Waka Flocka tonight on 106 with "50K!"(Photo: Leon/PictureGroup)

The Evolution of Waka Flocka Flame - Juaquin Malphurs was born May 31, 1986, in South Jamaica, Queens, New York. His family later relocated to Riverdale, Georgia. His mother is Debra Antney, former manager of Gucci Mane.(Photo: Jeff Daly/PictureGroup)

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Born & Raise - Juaquin Malphurs was born May 31, 1986, in South Jamaica, Queens, New York. His family later relocated to Riverdale, Georgia. His mother is Debra Antney, former manager of Gucci Mane.(Photo: Jeff Daly/PictureGroup)

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Namesake - How did Waka Flocka Flame get one of the funniest, most distinctive names in hip hop history? The name "Waka" was given to him by his cousin, after the Muppets character Fozzie Bear's famous catchphrase, "Waka-waka." Meanwhile, Gucci Mane, who took Waka under his wing when he began rapping, bestowed him with "Flocka Flame."(Photos: Cindy Ord/Getty Images; Paras Griffin/Landov; Michael Germana/Landov)

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The Remix - After appearing on Gucci's mixtapes and albums, Waka broke out on his own with the 2009 smash single "O Let's Do It," which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. Diddy, Rick Ross and Gucci Mane jumped on the remix.(Photo: Courtesy Warner Bros. Records)

"Hard in da Paint" Waka Flocka Flame - Waka Flocka Flame's second solo single, "Hard in da Paint," got the remix treatment from Jeezy, Tyga, Crooked I and plenty more. (Photo: Courtesy Warner Bros. Records)

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Get To It - "O Let's Do It" may have led the way for Waka, but his next single, "Hard in da Paint," is still his mission statement. Produced by Lex Luger, the song sums up Waka's raucous, bar-brawl style best.(Photo: Courtesy Warner Bros. Records)

The Evolution of Waka Flocka Flame - Waka followed up his wildfire mixtapes and club-rocking singles with his debut album, 2010's Flockaveli, which also produced the smash "Grove St. Party" and the gold-selling "No Hands."(Photo: Courtesy Warner Bros. Records)

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FLOCKAVELLI - Waka followed up his wildfire mixtapes and club-rocking singles with his debut album, 2010's Flockaveli, which also produced the smash "Grove St. Party" and the gold-selling "No Hands."(Photo: Courtesy Warner Bros. Records)

The Evolution of Waka Flocka Flame - Unfortunately, Waka's become all too familiar with Biggie's "Mo Money, Mo Problems" mantra. The rapper was robbed and shot in January 2010, and in 2011 was caught up in a handful of public brawls. Hard in da paint, indeed.(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Mo' Money, Mo' Problem - Unfortunately, Waka's become all too familiar with Biggie's "Mo Money, Mo Problems" mantra. The rapper was robbed and shot in January 2010, and last year was caught up in a handful of public brawls. Hard in da paint, indeed.(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Naked Truth - Not being afraid to express his feelings is one of Waka's winning qualities. We saw how far that self-expression will go when he bared it all for PETA's Ink Before You Mink campaign. T.M.I., but Flocka Flame got his point across. Photo: www.peta.org

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Keeping It Cool - Waka shocked damn near everybody last year when he showed off his nude, tattooed body in an ad for PETA that read, "Ink Not Mink."

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Stay - In light of all the death and drama, Waka threatened to retirein the past. "I'm tired of just going through what I go through and then at the end of the day, the forecast is always rain," Waka said. "It always rains on my world." This year, Waka reneged on the retirement talk. "I don't see myself quitting no more, it's over for that," he said in an interview.(Photo: John Ricard/BET)

The Evolution of Waka Flocka Flame - Waka dropped his sophomore album, Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family, in June 2012. It debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 and included singles "Round of Applause," featuring Drake, and "I Don't Really Care," with Trey Songz. The songs featured a more laid back, mature Waka ? relatively speaking, at least.(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Worth More Than "50K" - With last year's troubles behind him (hopefully), Waka Flocka Flame geared up for his sophomore album by dropping the singles "Round of Applause," featuring Drake, and "I Don't Really Care," with Trey Songz. The songs featured a more laidback, mature Waka—relatively speaking, at least. Now it's time for Flockavelli II and tonight he's dropping the video for "50K" featuring T.I., so get ready for some heat!(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)