Waka Flocka Flame
DuFlockaRant 2


3.5
great

Review

by Nathan Flynn CONTRIBUTOR (69 Reviews)
February 27th, 2013 | 133 replies


Release Date: 02/05/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Straight Flames

In the video for Machine Gun Kelly’s “Wild Boy,” MGK asks Waka Flocka Flame “do you think you’re a good rapper?” The response: “*** no.” This exchange seems to hold the secret to Flocka’s success. His recognition that he lacks talent has forced him to take a different approach to making music. Because he wasn’t blessed with Nas-level flow or a voice like Jay-Z’s, all of his songs need their own hardheaded edge, lest someone realize that he has little depth beyond his energy and charisma. When, on DuFlocka Rant 2’s intro, he mentions the themes range from “roaches to Rolexes” and that he’s “ballin like a mu***a,” it’s almost tongue-in-cheek because that’s all he’s ever talked about.

Luckily, Flocka’s brand of street rap is better off when lacking depth. To verge from the themes of hood life and money would be to muddle with the purity of the music, not to mention Flocka is ill-equipped to be a warrior poet in the same style as Ice Cube. He’s merely a warrior through and through, far more adept at yelling his staccato brags over thunderous beats than trying to spin a narrative: and he knows it. Over the course of his mixtape, there are around six throat-tearing war cries that could rile even the most stoic listener and plenty more machine-gun quick yaps that command attention. He may not have great narrative style, but his war stories are impeccably delivered for the way they’re written.

Nearly every song on DuFlocka Rant 2 is immediately engaging and most of the credit goes directly to Flocka. Rather than having a short instrumental lead-in to all of his tracks, he sometimes opts to come out guns blazing, dropping gems like “Quarter million dollars in my guest room” and “I woke up that money too turned up” with no introduction that are alternately jarring and intriguing; his boundless energy enthralling. Others offer little more than the cocking of guns or a DJ sound tag before he goes in. Even though the content is old hat, it’s impossible to get bored while listening.

Occasionally though, the line of excess is crossed and DuFlocka Rant 2 becomes a draining listen. The beats are absolutely massive- huge bass, repetitious, loud synths and powerful hi-hat accents are the norm- and when combined with Flocka’s layered shouts, they can overwhelm at times. The overrunning sensation is a good one; the kind that makes you want to jump around the room, bass booming out of your speakers, but such a phenomenon is only worth sustaining for so long. Thus, brief intermissions from Flocka’s bread and butter- which come in the form of guest stars like Lil Wayne and French Montana, as well as scaled back tracks like “Ain’t Right”- are among the highlights of the tape.

What really separates DuFlocka Rant 2 from the rest of Flocka’s canon is how consistent it is. On Flockaveli and Triple F Life, he tried to incorporate themes about brotherhood while also turning down the volume and intensity. Now, even when he’s rapping over spacey synths on “Real Recognize Real,” the force with which he’s talking is palpable. Furthermore, his ad libs seem to be more focused- no track bounces off the wall the way “Bustin at Em” did, but none are directionless or ramble on for too long, a problem his songs had in the past. Flocka may not think he’s a good rapper, but he’s getting better at understanding himself and the kind of focus he needs in order to keep making high quality hip-hop.



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FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2013


9049 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This one's a bit late but I really wanted to put a review on it.

ChopSuey
February 26th 2013


2392 Comments


lol. THEY CALL ME STEVE-OOOOOOO0O0O0O0O0O0O

bach
February 26th 2013


12905 Comments


Gettin gwap is my job and gucci is my right hand
Waka flocka flame you my favorite rapper bruh

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Ire
February 26th 2013


41795 Comments


thought u were b& 4ev

Calc
February 26th 2013


12250 Comments


a 2 paragraph intro!?!??

he stomped it sal.

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oltnabrick
February 26th 2013


31080 Comments


AOTY hands down

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2013


19918 Comments


lame album cover

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FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2013


9049 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You think so? It's one of my favorites.

oltnabrick
February 26th 2013


31080 Comments


Not as lame as Senses Fail

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2013


19918 Comments


i hope you're joking oltna

TheNexus100
February 26th 2013


2542 Comments


hard in da paint is phenomenal

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2013


19918 Comments


and yeah the review is great but not a fan of the album art it's uncreative and a rip off of the ps3 lol

oltnabrick
February 26th 2013


31080 Comments


This is no joke

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2013


19918 Comments


ok mr. linkin park ;)

bach
February 26th 2013


12905 Comments


ICEY

oltnabrick
February 26th 2013


31080 Comments


This rules

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2013


19918 Comments


it's my birthday tomorrow for my present i command you to like senses fail

SlMBOLlC
February 26th 2013


5232 Comments


why are we talking bout this fag

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HEY
O LEH DOO EH
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FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2013


9049 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Because he's made the mixtape of the year so far

Recspecs
February 27th 2013


9829 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"but not a fan of the album art it's uncreative and a rip off of the ps3 lolo"

You fucking moron you know nothing of black culture do us all a favor and make a change.



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