Review : WAKA FLOCKA FLAME - Lock out
Bang StyleEver since I saw Waka Flocka Flame shaking his dreads and proceeding to jump off stage and beat up some fans at a concert for the first time, Iíve been a fan. Amongst the educated music listening population, I seem to be alone in this category. Whether itís the simple but head bob inducing beats he uses or his drug and violence infested lyrics, something about Waka Flocka has brought me back time and time again. So naturally, when I heard Waka was collaborating with French Montana, self proclaimed member of the Cocaine Mafia hailing from NYC, I was intrigued. Wakaís previous mixtape, Lebron Flocka James 3 was a collaborative effort with fellow Bricksquad members Slim Dunkin and Wooh Da Kid, a mixtape which I enjoyed. Naturally, I thought another collaborative project would produce similar feelings. Instead, Iíve been left with a headache and the guilt that I chose to waste an hour of my life listening to this horrible mess....full text
ComplexIt's a North-meets-South affair here as French Montana and Waka Flocka Flame have joined forces to record the Lock Out mixtape. The uber-hype, cocaine-laced project features a total of 16 tracks from the like-minded duo, who certainly done their part this past year in terms of providing free music. Expect some big things from both rappers following this release, because Montana recently signed with Bad Boy and Waka still needs to drop Triple F Life. Stream the full mixtape in its entirety below....full text
PitchforkLast year was a weird one for albums by rap duos. We had Jay-Z and Kanye, Eminem and Royce Da 5'9", and of course Gucci Mane, who released two major label duo albums-- the disappointing Ferrari Boyz with Waka Flocka Flame and the bizarre BAYTL with Kreayshawn associate V-Nasty. This time out, Waka pairs with French Montana, who has worked extensively with the currently imprisoned Max B, formally of the Harlem based Byrdgang.
Coming from Atlanta by way of New York City, Waka's energetic and aggressive style has endured longer than most probably would have suspected. When he released his first single, "O Let's Do It", he was mostly known as the guy standing in the shadows of old Gucci Mane and OJ Da Juiceman videos. French Montana has been around for a few more years than Waka in the New York mixtape circuit, but last year's "Choppa Choppa Down" and his most recent single, "Shot Caller", got him signed to Bad Boy Records and got his name out there nationwide....full text
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