From The Grio/By Mike McCray — Who needs lyrics when you can make hits? Waka Flocka Flame dodged the one-hit wonder moniker he seemed destined for with 2009s summer smash, “O Let’s Do It”, and has since strung together a series of hit songs that have made the South go absolutely crazy and parishioners of the church of real hip-hop drop their knees at the alter and ask, why?
No ones denying the infectious nature of his music but what has him squarely in the cross-hairs of the hip-hop police is his seemingly blatant disdain for all things lyrical and by relation; political and academic.
While there’s no rule that says you have to rap about something substantial, there is an underlying disdain for artists who choose to skip the mind games, pages and pages of rhymes and stick to what they know: street music.
Recently, he’s had beef with BET’s executive vice president of entertainment, Stephen Hill about an overzealous perform during the network’s hip-hop awards. Then there’s the infamous indifference to voting he displayed on106 & Park, which isn’t necessarily as ignorant as it was perceived. There are thousands, maybe millions, of Americans who feel the same way about the insignificance of their vote and the political process.
He’s really just an easy target for ridicule. From viral sensations like Short Bus Shawty poking fun at him and fellow collaborators like Gucci Mane and OJ Da Juiceman, to people declaring him the death of hip-hop, he doesn’t help his cause by playing dumb on purpose.
In an on-camera, off air interview with a Philadelphia radio personality, he claimed that although he was a dropout, he was at one point an honor roll student and made some reasonable, while not entirely articulate, points about U.S. education system, teaching people to be slaves instead of bosses and also clearly defining the difference between the educated and the intelligent.
I feel myself being swayed. Finding the most random redeeming qualities in his solidly anti-celebrity stance. He has no desire to be like a celebrity or cater to people or media in a way a celebrity does. Cursing an executive only fits that.
When pressed about why he doesn’t speak about more intellectual things, he noted he gives just as much effort as the people interviewing him. Essentially, weak questions get tepid answers. If you want to know when he started or where his name came from, granted, things you could just Google, he responds that way.