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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Who is Juaquin Malphurs?

Who is Juaquin Malphurs? The Rap world knows him as Waka Flocka Flame,[1] is an American rapper signed to 1017 Brick Squad and Warner Bros. He is best known for his heavy crunk, gangsta sound and single "No Hands" along with his debut album Flockaveli. To see more Waka Flocka Videos click here

Biography

Early life and career

Juaquin Malphurs was born May 31, 1986 in Queens, New York City in 1986. His family eventually settled in Riverdale, Georgia.[2] He is the son of Debra Antney, Gucci Mane's former manager and CEO of So Icey/Mizay Entertainment.[3] 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.[4]

2009-present: Flockaveli

Waka Flocka Flame came to fame with his breakthrough single "O Let's Do It" in 2009. Waka Flocka Flame is a member of the 1017 Brick Squad with Gucci Mane, OJ Da Juiceman, Frenchie, and Wooh Da Kid.[5] On January 19, 2010, Malphurs was shot and robbed at a car wash in Atlanta. The bullet went through his right arm.[6][7] He is currently preparing his debut album and multiple mixtapes with Brick Squad.[8] His debut single is called "O Let's Do It",[9] which peaked at #62 on the Billboard Hot 100. His debut album, Flockaveli was released on October 5, 2010. He was featured on Lil Jon's album Crunk Rock on the track "Throw It Up, Pt. 2 (Remix)". The album debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200. He was named the eighth hottest MC of 2010 by MTV[10]. Waka started a rap super-group named Desperados which features Nipsey Hussle, Maino, Wiz Khalifa, Uncle Murda and Ra Diggs.[11]
Gucci Mane fired Debra Antney as his manager. Despite rumors, there is no animosity between the two rappers due to this event. In a MTV interview, both Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame affirmed that their relationship is in good standing even though they no longer speak.[12] In early September however, Gucci Mane was shown at Flocka's Flockaveli listening party supporting his artist.[13]

Discography

Studio Albums

Year Title Peak chart positions
U.S.[14] U.S. R&B[14] U.S. Rap[14]
2010 Flockaveli
6 2 2

Singles

Year Song Chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
2009 "O Let's Do It" 62 12 7 Flockaveli
2010 "Hard in Da Paint" 111 28 20
"No Hands" (featuring Roscoe Dash & Wale) 16 2 1

Featured Singles

Year Song Chart positions Album
U.S. R&B
2010 "Bingo" (Gucci Mane featuring Soulja Boy Tell 'Em & Waka Flocka Flame) 75 The State vs. Radric Davis

Mixtapes

  • 2009: Lebron Flocka James (with DJ Teknikz)
  • 2009: Shootin The Breeze Cookin That Fire (with DJ Cannon, DJ Banyon, & DJ Dyce)
  • 2009: Salute Me Or Shoot Me (with Trap-A-Holics & DJ Ace)
  • 2009: Salute Me Or Shoot Me 2 (with Trap-A-Holics & DJ Ace)
  • 2009: Salute Me Or Shoot Me 2.5 (with Trap-A-Holics & DJ Ace)
  • 2010: Lebron Flocka James 2 (with Trap-A-Holics)
  • 2010: Shootin The Breeze Cookin That Fire 2 (with DJ Cannon, DJ Banyon, DJ Effect, DJ Dyce, & Memph 10)


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