|Waka Flocka Flame|
Waka Flocka performing at the London Hall in London, England on August 6, 2014
|Birth name||Juaquin James Malphurs|
|Born||May 31, 1986
South Jamaica, Queens, New York, U.S.
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
Juaquin James Malphurs (born May 31, 1986), better known by his stage name Waka Flocka Flame or simply Waka Flocka, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. Signing to 1017 Brick Squad and Warner Bros. Records in 2009, he became a mainstream artist with the release of his singles “O Let’s Do It“, “Hard in da Paint” and “No Hands“, the latter of which peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100. His debut studio album Flockaveli, was later released in 2010. His second studio album Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family was released on June 8, 2012 and was preceded by the lead single “Round of Applause“.
1986–2008: Early life and career beginnings
Juaquin Malphurs was born in South Jamaica, Queens, New York, in 1986. His family eventually settled in Riverdale, Georgia, in the Atlanta area. His mother, Debra Antney, is rapper Gucci Mane‘s former manager and CEO of So Icey/Mizay Entertainment. The name “Waka” was given to him by his cousin, after the Muppets character Fozzie Bear‘s catch phrase, “Waka Waka”. The name “Flocka Flame” was given to him by rapper Gucci Mane. Waka Flocka said that he has known Gucci Mane since he was 19.
Waka Flocka came to fame with his breakthrough single “O Let’s Do It” in 2009, which peaked at number 62 on the US Billboard Hot 100.Waka Flocka is a member of 1017 Brick Squad with Gucci Mane, OJ Da Juiceman, Frenchie, and Wooh Da Kid. On January 19, 2010, Malphurs was shot and robbed at a car wash in Atlanta. The bullet went through his right arm. His debut album, Flockaveli was released on October 1, 2010. The album debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200. The album is titled after the Italian political theoristMachiavelli, and inspired by Tupac Shakur, whose final stage name and pseudonym before his death was Makaveli. He was named the eighth hottest MC of 2010 by MTV.
Gucci Mane fired Debra Antney as his manager. There was initially no animosity between the two rappers due to this event. In an MTV interview, both he and Waka Flocka affirmed that their relationship was, at the time, in good standing even though they no longer spoke to one another. In early September, Gucci Mane was seen at Flocka’s Flockaveli listening party supporting the artist.
2011–12: Ferrari Boyz and Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family
In 2011, Waka Flocka posed for a nude but unrevealing picture for the organization PETA, to boycott killing animals and wearing fur. The picture says “Ink not Mink”. Waka Flocka released several mixtapes in 2011, including Salute Me or Shoot Me 3, Benjamin Flocka and his last Twin Towers 2 (No Fly Zone) with fellow rapper Slim Dunkin. On August 9, 2011, his collaborative album with Gucci Mane, titledFerrari Boyz, was released. The first single was “She Be Puttin On”, featuring the now deceased Slim Dunkin, who was shot at an Atlanta recording studio while shooting a music video.
“Round of Applause” featuring Canadian rapper Drake, was released on October 14, 2011 as the first single from his second studio album, Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family. It was produced by frequent collaborator, Lex Luger. The album itself was released on June 8, 2012.
2013–present: Flockaveli 2
On January 22, 2013, Waka Flocka announced that he has completed his third studio album, titled Flockaveli 2. He revealed the album will feature guest appearances fromTimbaland and Wyclef Jean. Also the album will be mainly produced by longtime producers of 808 Mafia, Lex Luger, Southside, TM88 and more. On February 5, 2013, Waka Flocka released his mixtape DuFlocka Rant 2 with guest appearances from Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne, French Montana, Ace Hood and Young Scooter, among others. On May 9, 2013, he released a sequel, titled DuFlocka Rant: Halftime Show which features fellow Southern rapper T.I.. Flockaveli 2 was then rescheduled for release in early 2014,and on October 4, 2013, Flocka released another mixtape From Roaches to Rollies. On October 31, 2013, Waka Flocka confirmed that Ne-Yo and Drake would be featured onFlockaveli 2.
On March 21, 2014 Waka Flocka would release a mixtape entitled Re-Up. In a July 2014 interview with XXL Waka Flocka confirmed producers on the album will include 808 Mafia, Lex Luger, Mike Will Made-It and Black Metaphor. He also announced a new EDM album titled Turn Up God to be released in late 2014. On July 14, 2014 Waka Flocka would release a mixtape entitled I Can’t Rap Vol. 1. On November 10, 2014 Waka Flocka released the front cover art for Flockaveli 2.
On March 2, 2015 Waka Flocka released a collaboration mixtape with DJ Whoo Kid entitled The Turn Up Godz Tour, with guest appearances from Future, Howard Stern,Machine Gun Kelly, Offset, Cash Out, Bobby V, Gucci Mane, Tony Yayo & Watch The Duck. On April 1, 2015 Waka Flocka released the mixtape Salute Me Or Shoot Me 5, with guest appearances from Future, Yo Gotti and Juvenile.
In 2014 Waka Flocka appeared in season 3 of the VH1 show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta the show loosely follows events in his and current wife, Tammy Rivera’s, personal lives. On September 23, 2014 it was announced that Waka Flocka and Rivera, would be starring in their own spin off of VH1‘s Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta entitled Meet The Flockas.
Waka Flocka is the son of Mizay Entertainment CEO Debra Antney.
December 30, 2013 it was reported that Waka Flocka’s younger brother and fellow artist KayO Redd was found dead in his Henry County, Georgia home. On December 31, 2013 his death was confirmed a suicide.    On January 24, 2014 during an interview Waka Flocka spoke on his brother’s passing, stating: “After that situation I detoxed for like seven days. I changed my diet. I became 85% vegan. I just felt like I had to cleanse myself…I’ve been through that before, so to me that’s will power because if I sit there and mope, a lot of things could go bad. That boy had a lot of stress on him. It’s a lot of things that go on behind doors that people don’t know about…like it’s a lot of stress that come with this game. The strong survive. The family is good, though. Life goes on. That’s the motto for me, life goes on. If my eyes ain’t closed and I’m not breathing, I’m not hurting.”
On January 3, 2011 Malphurs turned himself into authorities in Atlanta following a previous raid on his home. Malphurs was booked on possession of marijuana, hydrocodone, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and violation of probation for driving on a suspended license. On January 5, 2011 Malphurs was released after posting bail.
On October 10, 2014 Malphurs was arrested at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport when a security scan turned up a loaded handgun in his luggage. Malphurs was released two hours later.
On March 15, 2013, Gucci Mane announced that frequent collaborator and close friend Waka Flocka Flame was “dropped” from 1017 Brick Squad Records. The two rappers proceeded to throw insults back and forth on Twitter. Though it was reported that Gucci’s Twitter account was hacked, Waka stated, “Dont let da media fool u. This shit real Shawty.” On March 27, 2013, during an MTV Jams interview with Sway Calloway, Waka explained that he would never do music nor business with Gucci ever again. Neither of the rappers have explained where the controversy originated from. Waka has stated, “I guess we both be at the finish line we just going our own routes. That’s all I can say. What’s the reason? Sometimes it’s none of your fuckin’ business what’s the reason. Just understand two men went they own ways but it’s no problem.” In October 2013, Waka Flocka released a diss track towards Gucci Mane titled “Ice Cream”.
On November 19, 2013, it was revealed Gucci Mane had filed a lawsuit against Waka Flocka Flame, Waka’s mother Debra Antney, OJ Da Juiceman, rapper Khia Stone and producer Zaytoven. The lawsuit accuses the parties of fraud, racketeering, and breach of contract. According to Gucci Mane, Waka’s mother Antney took control of his 1017 Brick Squad Records, LLC., without permission, and used it to create three separate offshoot labels. Gucci also accused the parties in the lawsuit of withholding royalties and inflating the cost of label expenditures. In his lawsuit, Gucci Mane also says that Antney took more than the typical 20 percent management fee. Gucci Mane also alleges that Antney’s actions led to his having money and tax problems.
Waka Flocka Flame would post a tweet on September 20, 2014 to his verified Twitter account that included an old picture of himself and Gucci Mane with the caption “… #NoBeef “, confirming that the two had buried the hatchet.
- Flockaveli (2010)
- Ferrari Boyz (with Gucci Mane) (2011)
- Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family (2012)
- Flockaveli 2 (2015)
|2014||Black Dynamite||Waka Blocka Blaow|
|2014||Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta||Recurring Role|
Awards and nominations
|2010||BET Hip Hop Awards||Rookie of the Year||—||Nominated|
|Best Club Banger||“O Let’s Do It“||Nominated|
|2011||BET Awards||Best Collaboration||“No Hands” (with Roscoe Dash and Wale)||Nominated|
|BET Hip Hop Awards||Best Club Banger||Won|
|2015||Much Music Video Awards||EDM/Dance Video of the Year||“Beast” (with Mia Martina)||Nominated|
Deez Nuts (politician)
|Campaign||U.S. presidential election, 2016|
|Status||Running (ineligible to serve)|
|Key people||Brady C. Olson|
Deez Nuts (real name Brady C. Olson) is a satirical candidate running in the2016 United States presidential election. His form to run for office was filed with the Federal Election Commission in late July 2015. In polls conducted by Public Policy Polling in Iowa, Minnesota and North Carolina in mid-August 2015, he polled at 8, 8 and 9 percent respectively, garnering the attention of the media.
Nuts’ bid for the presidency drew attention to the number of questionable candidates who had filed to run for office. Jim Williams, an analyst at Public Policy Polling, the organization that had conducted the poll in North Carolina, noted to The Guardian that, due to a fringe of the population with a penchant towards anti-establishment candidates, “You could call [the third party candidate] anything, and they would get their 7% or 8%.”
It was revealed on August 19, 2015, that “Deez Nuts” is 15-year-old Brady C. Olson of Wallingford, Iowa. He stated, in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, that he created the practical joke “half-trying to break the two-party system, half-frustration with the front-runners.” In addition, Olson also endorsed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination, and Ohio Governor John Kasich for the Republican nomination. Olson, according to Section 1 of Article Two of the United States Constitution, does not meet the minimum age requirement of 35 years at the time of inauguration to be able to serve as president following the 2016 elections.
Deez Nuts believes that Congress should not be able to spend more than it takes in through taxes. In order to reinforce the importance of a balanced budget, Nuts believes that, in the short term, Congress, the President, and the Cabinet should have their salaries slashed in half until the budget is balanced, after which the salaries may slowly rise until they normalize. Nuts believes the salaries should be cut once again if the budget becomes unbalanced.
Nuts also believes that tax incentives are crucial to offer to corporations in order to keep jobs in America, as opposed tooutsourcing. Nuts envisions a more self-sufficient America in the future, not reliant on foreign imports.
Nuts supports cutting subsidies to oil companies and giving tax incentives to individuals and corporations implementingrenewable energy and “green” technology—in particular, he supports grants to communities installing municipal wind turbines, hydroelectric dams, and rooftop solar panels. Nuts has not yet expressed an opinion on nuclear power.
Nuts considers all adult illegal immigrants violators of the law, believing they should be deported to their country of origin. He has not elaborated on what should be done about illegal minors or illegal families with children.
Nuts is opposed to the belief that the United States is a Christian nation, and believes in legal abortion and same-sex marriage on the basis that each person should be allowed to make his or her own decisions.
Nuts believes that residents of American overseas territories deserve voting rights. He has expressed the need for the people of American Samoa to become citizens of the United States in earnest and receive one electoral vote, due to its status as an unincorporated territory. Nuts would give Guam, the US Virgin Islands, and the Northern Marianas two electoral votes and give Puerto Rico three electoral votes, bringing the total number of electoral votes to 548 from 538. Nuts also believes that all five territories and Washington, D.C. should each have their own one fully functional seat (as opposed to a non-voting delegate) in the House of Representatives, bringing the seats in the House to 441 from 435.
Relationship to Limberbutt McCubbins
Nuts polled his fans on his Facebook page on August 13, 2015, asking whether he should reach out to fellow joke presidential hopeful, Kentucky feline Limberbutt McCubbins, for a possible Nuts/McCubbins ticket. Nuts has acknowledged McCubbins as an inspiration for his presidential run. McCubbins responded the same day, saying he was thrilled to have inspired Deez Nuts, but he stopped short of endorsing Deez Nuts or agreeing to the potential ticket. However, many voters are hopeful that the team will pair up for the upcoming 2016 election.