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Flockaveli is the debut studio album by American rapper Waka Flocka Flame Its title of the album was taken after the Italian political theorist Machiavelli,3 and inspired by fellow American rapper Tupac Shakur, whose final stage name and pseudonym before his death was Makaveli4 The album was recorded at Next Level Studios in Houston, NightBird Recording Studios in West Hollywood, and S-Line Ent in Atlanta5

Released by Asylum Records on October 5, 2010, Flockaveli received generally positive reviews from critics, who complimented its musical intensity, brazen lyrics, and gangsta rap ethos The album debuted at number 6 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 37,000 copies in the United States As of August 15, 2011, the album sold 285,000 copies in the United States


  • 1 Music and lyrics
  • 2 Promotion
  • 3 Release and reception
  • 4 Track listing
  • 5 Personnel
  • 6 Charts
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Music and lyricsedit

Flockaveli is a crunk album1 It was primarily produced by Lex Luger, whose bombastic, grimly-programmed production incorporates drill 'n' bass 808 trills, bass kicks, hand claps,1 confrontational beats,2 dense synthesizers, and shifting sub-bass layers6 Waka Flocka Flame's unrefined street raps feature constant ad libs2 According to Pitchfork Media's David Drake, the songs reduce gangsta rap to its archetypical themes: "hypermasculine children of the drug trade, reckless fatalism, intensity, and physicality Waka's aggression is the survivalist reaction of the powerless, directed toward the threats of the immediate environment"2


The album's lead single, called "O Let's Do It" was released on December 25, 20097 The song features guest appearances from Cap, who was credited for his verse only on the single, but was credited to be featured on the album8 The song peaked at number 62 on the US Billboard Hot 1009 The remix to "O Let's Do It" was released, featuring Diddy, Rick Ross and Gucci Mane10

The second single "Hard in da Paint" was released on May 13, 2010 In July, a music video for the song was released11 The remix to "Hard in da Paint" featuring American R&B singer Ciara and rapper Gucci Mane was released12

The album's third single "No Hands" featuring Roscoe Dash and Wale, was released on August 17, 20101314 It has peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it his highest charting single in the United Statescitation needed The album's fourth and final single "Grove St Party" featuring Kebo Gotti, was released on February 15, 201115 It has charted at number 74 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States16

There are also music videos for the songs, such as "Snake in the Grass" featuring Cartier Kitten,17 "Bustin' at Em",18 "For My Dawgs",19 and "Live By the Gun" featuring RA Diggs and Uncle Murda20 On October 18, 2010, Waka Flocka Flame performed "Smoke, Drank" live on high-definition TV at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood21

Release and receptionedit

AllMusic 22
Cokemachineglow 82%23
NME 9/1024
Pitchfork 80/102
PopMatters 6/101
RapReviews 75/1025
Rolling Stone 26
Spin 7/1027

Flockaveli was released by Asylum Records on October 5, 2010 It debuted at number 6 on the US Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 37,000 copies in the United States28 As of August 15, 2011, the album has sold 285,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan29

Flockaveli received generally positive reviews from critics At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 75, based on 9 reviews30 Jaimie Hodgson from NME commented that the album's songs "showcase a masterclass in reductionism; juggernauts of hulking, bruising, brick-to-skull intensity"24 BBC Music's Louis Pattison praised Waka Flocka Flame's "cold charisma", writing that "it’s channelled successfully here, a presence that permeates Flockaveli utterly"31 Ben Detrick of Spin complimented its "unforgiving crush of unveiled threats over ricocheting drums and choleric synths", and called Waka "more agitator than rapper—imagine DJ Kool as an unhinged goon with a fetish for brawling and gunfire"27 Sean Fennessey of The Village Voice called producer Lex Luger "a force whose tinnitus-inducing tracks demand replay" and wrote in conclusion, "Ultimately, the inflammatory Waka is an avatar for a new rap economy: few words delivered with force, with an eye to the stage and the check that arrives with it"32 Pitchfork critic David Drake described it as "a furious torrent of gangsta rap id" and praised Waka for giving the album its "frenetic intensity"2

Rolling Stone writer Jody Rosen was less impressed and found Waka Flocka Flame's skills "negligible"26 Patrick Taylor of RapReviews called Waka "a blunt instrument that beats you into submission", and stated, "On an intellectual level, I don't like 'Flockaveli' The lyrics are simplistic and goonish The music is effective but all sounds the same If I was looking for an example of what hip-hop should be, it's not Waka Flocka Flame On a gut level, though, 'Flockaveli' works It's morally questionable, but it hits hard"25 David Amidon from PopMatters described it as "a producer classic littered with verses so whack they become endearing in their special way", adding that Luger "pulls that special kind of synergy unique to hip-hop out of Waka again and again"1 Amidon wrote of its cultural significance, "This is a very specific album intended for a specific audience: downtrodden, powerless, forever seeking payment, pussy and freedom from the powers that be but in the process of accepting they may never find that experience This is strictly hood music it’s been a very long time since a hip-hop release felt like it truly didn’t give a fuck about anything but its local community while pushing its genre forward as much as possible"1

In 2012, Complex named the album one of the classic albums of the last decade33 In 2014, Billboard called the single "No Hands" the ninth most successful song in the 25-year history of their Hot Rap Songs chart34

Track listingedit

No Title Producers Length
1 "Bustin' at 'Em"
  • Lex Luger
  • Southside
2 "Hard in da Paint" Lex Luger 4:06
3 "TTG Trained to Go" featuring French Montana, YG Hootie, Joe Moses, Suge Gotti & Baby Bomb Lex Luger 5:05
4 "Bang" featuring YG Hootie & Slim Dunkin
  • Lex Luger
  • Tay Beatz
5 "No Hands" featuring Roscoe Dash & Wale Drumma Boy 4:22
6 "Bricksquad" featuring Gudda Gudda Lex Luger 3:57
7 "Fuck the Club Up" featuring Pastor Troy & Slim Dunkin Southside 4:39
8 "Homies" featuring YG Hootie, Popa Smurf & Ice Burgandy
  • Prince
  • Purps
9 "Grove St Party" featuring Kebo Gotti Lex Luger 4:10
10 "O Let's Do It" featuring Cap L-Don Beatz 4:08
11 "Karma" featuring YG Hootie & Popa Smurf Lex Luger 3:52
12 "Live by the Gun" featuring RA Diggs & Uncle Murda Lex Luger 4:09
13 "For My Dawgs" Cedric "Yayo" Herbert 3:21
14 "G-Check" featuring YG Hootie, Bo Deal & Joe Moses Lex Luger 4:18
15 "Snake in the Grass" featuring Cartier Kitten Lex Luger 2:58
16 "Smoke, Drank" featuring Mouse & Kebo Gotti
  • Lil Jon
  • NIKO
17 "Fuck This Industry" Lex Luger 5:09


Credits for Flockaveli adapted from AllMusic35

  • Debra Antney – A&R, executive producer
  • Russell Dreyer – inside photo
  • Drumma Boy – producer
  • Cedric "Yayo" Herbert – producer
  • Darryl "Big Dee" Johnson – A&R
  • Liza Joseph – A&R
  • L Don – producer
  • Colin Leonard – mastering
  • Lexus "Lex Luger" Lewis – producer
  • Lil Jon – producer
  • Joshua "Southside" Luellen – producer
  • Juaquin Malphurs – executive producer
  • Amir Motamedi AKA Prince – producer
  • Nathaniel Caserta AKA Purps – producer
  • Mike Rev – cover design
  • TaVon Sampson – art direction, design
  • Sharod Simpson – cover photo
  • Nigel Talley – A&R
  • Carolyn Tracey – package production
  • Waka Flocka Flame – A&R
  • Finis "KY" White – engineer, mixing


Chart 20109 Peak
US Billboard 200 6
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 2
US Top Rap Albums 2


  1. ^ a b c d e f Amidon, David November 18, 2010 "Waka Flocka Flame: Flockaveli" PopMatters Retrieved May 30, 2013 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Drake, David October 28, 2010 "Waka Flocka Flame: Flockaveli" Pitchfork Retrieved May 30, 2013 
  3. ^ "Album Preview: Waka Flocka Flame's "Flockaveli" | Complex Blog" Complexcom September 17, 2010 Retrieved September 27, 2010 
  4. ^ Cyrus Langhorne September 17, 2010 "WAKA FLOCKA FLAME APOLOGIZES TO 2PAC FANS OVER "FLOCKAVELI" DEBUT TITLE" SOHHcom Retrieved December 29, 2012 
  5. ^ "Waka Flocka Flame - Flockaveli CD Album" CD Universe Muze Retrieved December 27, 2012 
  6. ^ "Review: Flockaveli" The Wire London: 74 April 2011 
  7. ^ "O Let's Do It - Single by Waka Flocka Flame" iTunes Retrieved March 2, 2016 
  8. ^ "iTunes - Music - Flockaveli Deluxe Version by Waka Flocka Flame" Itunesapplecom 2010-10-01 Retrieved 2013-10-19 
  9. ^ a b Flockaveli - Waka Flocka Flame Billboard Retrieved August 1, 2011
  10. ^ "O Let's Do It feat Diddy, Rick Ross & Gucci Mane - Single by Waka Flocka Flame" iTunes Retrieved March 2, 2016 
  11. ^ "Waka Flocka Flame 'Hard In Da Paint' Video Premieres" MTV July 19, 2010 Retrieved March 2, 2016 
  12. ^ "Hard in da Paint - Single by Waka Flocka Flame" Itunesapplecom June 14, 2010 Retrieved September 27, 2010 
  13. ^ "R&R :: Going For Adds :: Urban" Gfaradioandrecordscom August 17, 2010 Retrieved September 27, 2010 
  14. ^ "New Music: Waka Flocka Ft Wale x Roscoe Dash "No Hands"" Rap Radar August 15, 2010 Retrieved September 27, 2010 
  15. ^ "Urban/UAC Future Releases | R&B, Hip Hop, Release Schedule and Street Dates |" Allaccesscom Retrieved May 11, 2011 
  16. ^ "Waka Flocka Flame featuring Kebo Gotti" Billboardcom Retrieved August 28, 2012 
  17. ^ "Waka Flocka Flame - Snakes In The Grass music video" YouTube Retrieved May 11, 2011 
  18. ^ "Канал користувача wakaflocka1017" YouTube Retrieved May 11, 2011 
  19. ^ "Waka Flocka Flame - "For My Dawgs"" YouTube September 16, 2010 Retrieved May 11, 2011 
  20. ^ "Waka Flocka Flame - Live By The Gun feat Ra Diggs & Uncle Murder link in description" YouTube July 10, 2010 Retrieved May 11, 2011 
  21. ^ "waka+flocka+drink - Listen and Download Mp3s" Musicbec0decom October 18, 2010 Retrieved February 16, 2012 
  22. ^ Jeffries, David "Flockaveli - Waka Flocka Flame" AllMusic Retrieved May 30, 2013 
  23. ^ McGowan, Colin November 29, 2010 "Waka Flocka Flame: Flockaveli 1017 Brick Squad/Warner Bros/Asylum; 2010" Cokemachineglow Retrieved August 1, 2011 
  24. ^ a b Hodgson, Jaimie April 27, 2011 "Album Review: Waka Flocka Flame - 'Flockaveli'" NME London Retrieved May 30, 2013 
  25. ^ a b Taylor, Patrick January 18, 2011 "Waka Flocka Flame :: Flockaveli :: Bricksquad/Warner Bros Records" RapReviews Retrieved May 30, 2013 
  26. ^ a b Rosen, Jody October 26, 2010 "Flockaveli" Rolling Stone New York Retrieved May 30, 2013 
  27. ^ a b Detrick, Ben October 4, 2010 "Waka Flocka Flame, 'Flockaveli' Asylum/Warner Bros" Spin New York Retrieved May 30, 2013 
  28. ^ Jacobs, Allen October 13, 2010 "Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 10/10/2010 | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales" HipHop DX Retrieved May 11, 2011 
  29. ^ "Introducing the King of Hip-Hop | Music News" Rolling Stone Retrieved February 16, 2012 
  30. ^ Flockaveli Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic Metacritic Retrieved on May 2, 2011
  31. ^ Pattison, Louis March 17, 2011 "Review of Waka Flocka Flame - Flockaveli" BBC Music Retrieved May 30, 2013 
  32. ^ Fennessey, Sean October 6, 2010 Review: Flockaveli The Village Voice Retrieved on October 17, 2010
  33. ^ "Waka Flocka Flame, Flockaveli 2010 — 25 Rap Albums From the Past Decade That Deserve Classic Status" Complex December 6, 2012 Retrieved May 30, 2013 
  34. ^ "Hot Rap Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs" Billboard Retrieved 6 March 2014 
  35. ^ Flockaveli - Waka Flocka Flame: Credits Allmusic Rovi Corporation Retrieved August 1, 2011

External linksedit

  • Official website
  • Flockaveli at Discogs list of releases

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