Waka Flocka Flame
Flockaveli


3.0
good

Review

by ok im bulldogs alt USER (11 Reviews)
October 5th, 2010 | 419 replies | 26,979 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


4 of 6 thought this review was well written

Back in mid-June, when I read Pitchfork writer Ryan Dombal’s review of Drake’s Thank Me Later, I was impressed with his first sentence. It read, “Drake sings or raps the word "I" 410 times on his debut album.” It was such a powerful sentence, it showcased how drastically self-oriented Drake’s style of lyricism was with just one scrupulous, sweeping statistic. So for Waka Flocka’s debut album Flockaveli, I thought I would try something similar. I had decided to take up the formidable task of tallying up all the adlibs to showcase how interjectory the tracks are. Well that was quite the failed idea, as I lost track at fifty-six adlibs within the first minute of the album. I guess the fact that I failed is just as serviceable, and shows that they are integral part of Waka’s style. Flockaveli definitely suffers from the ridiculous surplus of them, but aside from that, it’s quite the solid effort. However, the intangible mentality behind it is far more significant than the actual quality of the work, and thus, Flockaveli is a must-hear release this year, despite being just adequate.

At first glance, Flockaveli may appear to be your run-of-the-mill mainstream record, but it runs much deeper than that. It’s a decidedly post-modern revivalism of the 90’s gangsta mentality, as well as a subtle homage to gangsta rap culture and Golden Era gangster-isms. From the album title that references Tupac’s posthumous alias to the delicate double-entendre of the name of the ninth track (“Grove St. Party”) to a die hard O.G mentality and traditional stylistic influences, Flockaveli is a thorough restoration of gangsta rap in the mainstream. From the adlibs to the Energizer Bunny-liveliness, it would be easy to mistake Waka for a Lil Jon carbon copy, but he is far from that. Rather, he is a fusion of MC Ren (sturdy gangsta mindset, infrequent, but always obtuse punchlines,) DMX in his prime (raw anger,) a younger Busta Rhymes (high octane energy) and Flavor Flav (hypeman adlibs, technically incompetent, unspeakable charisma.)

You may be thinking that I’m reading too far into it, but it’s fairly noticeable, even with just a cursory listen. Flockaveli is a thoroughly hardcore effort. It’s unambiguously return-to-roots. “*** The Club Up” is rooted much more in the 90's Memphis crunk ideals than those of 2000's Atlanta's, and rather than being about popping champagne bottles and strippers' p*ssies, it's about popping 'lame-a*s n*ggas' in the face and “Live By The Gun” has a bleak, yet devoted take on living the life of a triggerman. It’s classically rebellious and upholds street morals. “*** This Industry” is a defiantly contrarian anthem aimed at the mainstream. “Snake In The Grass” sets its sights on the hordes of softies and fakes not only in the slums of America but also in the rap industry. It’s effortlessly gangsta. “G Check” and “Bang” are about repping your set to the fullest. It quirkily testifies to the virtues of loyalty (“For My Dawgs”, “Homies”.)

Although its mentality is reminiscent of the good, ol’ days, it’s not at all sonically similar. Lex Luger, who is accountable for eleven out of nineteen (including bonus tracks) beats on the LP, leads the charge in regards to production. “Bustin’ At Em” is the quintessential Waka-Lex Luger track; free-flowing chopper talk over siren synths, machine gun drums, and gunshot snippets. Flockaveli is propelled by monstrous, but simple beats just as much as it is by devout gangsterisms and pure energy. “O Let’s Do It” features a bouncy horn riff and light, speedy snares and “Hard In Da Paint” is an intense, pulsing Lex Luger cut in the vein of Shawty Redd’s signature style: dark, run-around synths and rapid fire drum kits. However, due to the aesthetic repetition, replay value is diminished.

Now, just because what Flocka has created is something important – an honestly gangsta rap album that will definitely move units and even possibly go RIAA-certified Gold – doesn’t mean it’s a great (or even excellent) album. I can’t stress just how much Flockaveli is beleaguered by the excess of adlibs. Plus, albums that thrive off of energy and high quality production don’t have much replay value. Moreover, minor filler (“Grove St. Party”, “Bricksquad (Young Money)”) bogs down the album a bit. But overall, Flockaveli is yet another solid addition to hip-hop’s 2010 resurgence, as well as a much more focused effort than any of his mixtapes and an important milestone for mainstream rap in the upcoming decade.



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TomAndJerry
October 5th 2010



144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

gay non appearing album art is gay and non appearing

gay month long ban is gay

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2010



30282 Comments


Your artwork's done

Digging: L'Orange - The Orchid Days

pizzamachine
October 5th 2010



12568 Comments


I think I remember this guy.

EuphoricDysphoria81
October 5th 2010



1152 Comments


How can anyone rate this over a 2?

Obfuscation24
October 5th 2010



3939 Comments


WAKA CROSS THE STREET
WAKA MY DOG
WAKA TEXAS RANGER
LUKE SKY-WAKA

TomAndJerry
October 5th 2010



144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks dev.

also obfuscation

not as bad as i thought itd be (1.5ish)

illmitch
October 5th 2010



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hard in da paint is one of the top 5 rap songs of the year, how could this be a 1.5

also you had a good intro paragraph

but do you really know what youre saying when youre saying that waka flocka flame is postmodern

TomAndJerry
October 5th 2010



144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks mitch.

yes i even had an argument about this with hydeyomoney.

postmodernist music is music that "reacts against and comes after" modernist music.

modernist music is music that abandons past values. so waka more or less is postmodernist

1MicLight
October 5th 2010



80 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Many people hate Waka because he's a studio gangster and his rhymes are near elementary grade level

The only thing thats really good about this album is the production, the beats and mastering is good
And Waka at least stuck to the good ol formula of violence,drugs,sex, whatever



TomAndJerry
October 5th 2010



144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The only thing thats really good about this album is the production, the beats and mastering is good
And Waka at least stuck to the good ol formula of violence,drugs,sex, whatever


youre forgetting fun energy from waka but yea.,

also waka was an actual blood i believe but not sure

1MicLight
October 5th 2010



80 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Lil Wayne claims he rolls with Bloods

In truth he doesnt

Everyone knows Waka is a fake Piru and is doing so just to get cred

TomAndJerry
October 5th 2010



144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oh duh lil wayne is a fake blood but i think waka is more likely to be legit

illmitch
October 6th 2010



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lil wayne has been rapping since he was 12 so its pretty fuckin obvious hes not a blood

i dont see why people give a fuck if a rapper is affiliated with a gang anyway

illmitch
October 6th 2010



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

andcas is it your goal in life to make butthurt posts on sputnik reviews

because if so i admire you for sticking so close to your goal

TomAndJerry
October 6th 2010



144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"lil wayne has been rapping since he was 12 so its pretty fuckin obvious hes not a blood"

exactly.

"andcas is it your goal in life to make butthurt posts on sputnik reviews

because if so i admire you for sticking so close to your goal"

illmitch: the most hilariously condescending bastard on all of sputnik.

Urinetrouble
October 6th 2010



5695 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

FLOCKA FLOCKA FLOCKA FLOCKA QRSTUVWXY AND Z

illmitch
October 6th 2010



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

woah whered u get this technology 2 figure out an artists past by lookin at a picutre of him lemme ch eck it out

illmitch
October 6th 2010



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

in all fairness its not hard to tell he sucks by his name.


weird had the exactsame thoughts about the screen anem andcas

illmitch
October 6th 2010



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hes trying to correct me

[img]http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01376/girls-getty_1376498i.jpg[/img]

illmitch
October 6th 2010



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

anyway waka flocka flame is probably the most interesting/dynamic figure in hip hop right now second to lil b and go hard in da paint is easily a top song of 2010



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