Waka Flocka Flame has a diss track for the currently-incarcerated Gucci Mane. Having been friends and label-mates, this schism seems pretty interesting. Nice beat and a particularly scathing criticism. Drug use, question of authenticity (“I’ve been shooting pistols since seventh grade.”) number of goons willing to shoot for them, and attacking Gucci for causing strife solely for attention.
“P.S. Don’t get caught in that/Dissin’ for promotion/All in your feelings/all in your emotions/Just for attention/you cause all this commotion/Ni**a you just talking/you don’t really want all your business in the ocean. “
– Waka Flocka Flame “Ice Cream” Oct 2013.
I actually think Waka has some good points.
He also has the status to call out Gucci like no one else can. Waka has taken the Snoop Dogg path to success. Astounding tour concerts. Relentless affection for his fans, and a consistent ability to stay out of gossip blogs.
Remember Waka volunteering to go naked for PETA? Like Snoop, Waka seems “like a grown-ass rock star” as one of his buddies puts it in a video. He is a taylor made celebrity — with toxic violent raps and a Fozzy Bear sized lovable personality. Waka, like Snoop before him has chosen a particularly thin road to walk for fame. Playing cute in morning shows and rapping about shooting people at the same time.
If Waka releases videos full of debauchery and destruction, he loses a significant portion of his buying public. Something Gucci is now facing — perhaps the myriad offenses cease to be explainable. Fans desert you and your albums are not purchased.
But Waka (and Gucci Mane and a million other roughneck emcees) still have to articulate an image of outlaw anti-social behavior. In most cases, they choose to emphasize their wealth (suggesting that it was garnered through drug sales and not through regular work, music, savings or investing.) In other cases, they mark their own perpetual return to the criminal life.
Of course telling a couple of hundred thousand fans (and increasingly interested cops) about your criminal behavior has potential consequences. It seems like cops listened to Waka and Gucci when they raided Deb Antney — Waka Flocka Flame’s manager and mom.
Antney, who heads up Mizay Entertainment, was frustrated because her company is scheduled to host a toy drive Thursday. She said when she arrived on the scene, police called her “the Candy Lady” and suggested she was the ring leader of the prostitution operation.
“Of course I’m not gonna sit back and be called ‘the Candy Lady,’ ” she said. “There was no prostitution. And we’re not gang-affiliated.”
via Waka Flocka Flame’s Mom Denies That Prostitution Was Behind Raid – Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV.com.
(Pause for a minute to ask ANY of you how you would do with the cops raiding your mom’s house?)
I’m not blaming musicians for rhyming about criminality. I’m interested in how Waka stayed famous, rich and out of jail, while Gucci is alienating everyone and in prison for the next six months (at least).
Part of it has to be Waka noting that those who commit crimes when trying to rhyme are “hustling backwards.”
“Why would I try to rap and then street gangbang?” he added. “That’s hustling backwards. I’m good. I dropped the album Flockaveli, and it’s doing numbers. I think ‘No Hands’ is platinum or on the road to be. I’m in the top three albums of the year…I’m going in, man.”
via Waka Flocka Flame Addresses Police Raid | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales | HipHop DX.
Cannibal Capitalism the Birdman edition
Photo of Birdman’s RG (perhapsRich Gang) and YMCMYSL (perhaps Young Money Cash Money Young Stoner Life) tattoos. Thanks to The Smoking Section for the photo, I assume taken from Birdman’s social media.
Birdman is trying to sign Young Thug to his record label. To prove his sincerity he tattooed several Young Thug associated tattoos on his hands and face.
Cannibal capitalism is the mediated experiences of human suffering projected for human entertainment and profit. It is obvious that the bodily impact of Birdman’s tattoos is a particular kind of communication. Tattoos have often been the indication of long-term committment for gangs, military units and fans of musical artists. Birdman’s tattoo is amplified on social media and through dozens of rap blogs. It is a public communication of his commitment intentionally articulated to bring his company more profit (by signing a strong young artist).
In some ways the suffusion of cannibal capitalism into many so-called reality television shows (cooking shows, real estate flippers) is an indication of the desperation of many people. But Birdman isn’t desperate (not in the poverty sense) — he can give expensive cars and jewelry to friends and label-mates. I heard on NPR he just gave a Bugatti to Justin Beiber.
Fleeting fame and the potential for profit have encouraged more than one reality TV contestant to become a public exercise in morality and exclusion. (Did you hear about Stephanie on Top Chef when she cut herself and she went to the hospital?!?! How about that Survivor episode where that guy broke his leg? What a wimp!)
Cannibal capitalism can be mapped whenever a human is harmed and it is filmed and amplified for other people’s pleasure. When this happens a particular morality of self-sacrifice is usually articulated. Announcers and other contestants express just how someone should take the suffering. In some ways the harm done to the body gives access to comment on the body.
In the case of Birdman’s new tattoo’s the morality expressed isn’t how tough Birdman was for getting the ink, but rather how idiotic it is to tattoo to something as fleeting as a new potential corporate rap alliance. Here is the Smoking Section‘s Gotty mocking the social costs of multiple face tattoos.
We recognize that the fact that Birdman will never have to go to a job interview ever in his life. The Cash Money CEO’s so loaded his kids kids most likely will never have to worry about working either. With that said, his continuing effort to ink his whole body with scribblings dedicated to Cash Money subsidiaries is a little odd.
Actually, the “RG,” presumably for his Rich Gang management company, added to his right cheek isn’t that bad because what the hell would two more letters do to a face littered in tats? It’s the “YMCMYSL” scripted on his fingers that doesn’t make sense. Assuming the letters rep Young Money Cash Money Stoner Life as in Young Thug’s movement, that’s more confusing.
via Birdman Permanently Pays Homage To Young Thug | The Smoking Section.
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