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Flockavelli Is A Triumph!

September 29, 2010

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“I am about to pop in this Flockavelli….yall pray for me.”  I tweeted this after I had finally worked up the courage to queue up a leaked copy of Flockavelli. I expected a train wreck, but instead was greeted with a pleasant surprise.

Waka Flocka Flame‘s debut album has the potential to turn American Hip Hop on it’s ear. Mr. Flame has brought a refreshing style that borrows elements from Grime to create wonderful sound scapes that are just wild and expressive enough to delight, engage, and fascinate the listener, but measured enough to not overwhelm the ear. His use of onomatopoeia to create vivid word imagery and involve the listener is reminiscent of a young Missy Misdemeanor Eliot. No one says bloaw like Flocka. Flockavelli is also a showcase for young and hungry up and coming rappers and producers who make the most out of their chance to shine on this highly anticipated release.

Waka Flocka Flame burst on the scene earlier this year with, the L-Don Beatz produced ode to making Limoncello out of life’s vagaries, “O Let’s Do It“. This smash peaked at #7 on The Billboard Rap Charts, and turned “O Let’s Do It” into a catchphrase and movement about empowerment and getting things done.

Mr. Flame then decided to “Go Hard In The Paint”, and inform the world of his love of firearms in “Love Dem Gunshots”. Flocka’s love of the right to bear arms is a recurring theme on Flockavelli. Song titles “Live By The Gun”, “Bang”, “and Bustin At Em” makes his love of guns rather obvious.

Flame also takes time to craft odes to revenge ( “Snake In The Grass”), night club rowdiness (“Grove St Party” and “Fuck The Club Up”), fellatio (No Hands), and the consequences of one’s actions(“For My Dawgs” and “Karma”).

It is on Karma where we see a remorseful Waka peel back the layers of machismo that provide him with an impenetrable armor of invincible invincibility and reveal a human being with a full range of emotions. We feel his pain, and his trepidation at the thought that he may eventually feel the flames of Hell.

Pathos, machismo, odes to slobbing on nobs like corn on the cob, delicious use of post modern beatboxing, and advant garde post lyrical song structure are found in abundance on Flockavelli, and presented in a delightful package.

I give this triumph of an album 7 Choppas up, which is an incredible achievement for a boy who’s mother once lookd at him, and disgustingly remarked, “you are only worth $120 worth of foodstamps.”

6 Comments leave one →
  1. SmartFoxGirl permalink
    September 29, 2010 10:49 pm

    Wait, I thought that was a joke…he really named his album Flockaveli? Fail. I dunno you need more people Dash. lol I’ll check it out online.

    • September 29, 2010 11:22 pm

      Don’t worry more people will come. They are patiently waiting in the woodworks to declare their astonishment with this zeitgeist shifting achievement.

  2. ComicBookGuy permalink
    September 30, 2010 10:50 am

    Damn, Dash. You may have convinced me to check this out, folk. We’ll see.

  3. December 14, 2014 1:44 pm

    And to think I was going to talk to soemnoe in person about this.


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