Flockaveli

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Flockaveli
Waka Flocka Flame Flockaveli.jpg
Studio album by Waka Flocka Flame
Released October 5, 2010
Recorded Next Level Studios, Houston; NightBird Recording Studios, West Hollywood; S-Line Ent., Atlanta
Genre
Length 72:00
Label
Producer
Waka Flocka Flame chronology
Flockaveli
(2010)
Ferrari Boyz
(2011)
Singles from Flockaveli
  1. "O Let's Do It"
    Released: December 25, 2009
  2. "Hard in da Paint"
    Released: June 15, 2010
  3. "No Hands"
    Released: August 17, 2010
  4. "Grove St. Party"
    Released: February 15, 2011

Flockaveli is the debut studio album by American rapper Waka Flocka Flame. The title of the album is a portmanteau of Waka Flocka Flame's name and that of the Italian political theorist Machiavelli,[3] and was inspired by fellow American rapper Tupac Shakur, whose final stage name and pseudonym before his death was Makaveli.[4] The album was recorded at Next Level Studios in Houston, NightBird Recording Studios in West Hollywood, and S-Line Ent. in Atlanta.[5]

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.

Music and lyrics[edit]

Flockaveli is a crunk album.[1] 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 layers.[6] Waka Flocka Flame's unrefined street raps feature constant ad libs.[2] 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]

Promotion[edit]

The album's lead single, called "O Let's Do It" was released on December 25, 2009.[7] 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 album.[8] The song peaked at number 62 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[9] The remix to "O Let's Do It" was released, featuring Diddy, Rick Ross and Gucci Mane.[10]

The second single "Hard in da Paint" was released on May 13, 2010. In July, a music video for the song was released.[11] The remix to "Hard in da Paint" featuring American R&B singer Ciara and rapper Gucci Mane was released.[12]

The album's third single "No Hands" featuring Roscoe Dash and Wale, was released on August 17, 2010.[13][14] It has peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it his highest charting single in the United States.[citation needed] The album's fourth and final single "Grove St. Party" featuring Kebo Gotti, was released on February 15, 2011.[15] It has charted at number 74 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.[16]

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 Murda.[20] On October 18, 2010, Waka Flocka Flame performed "Smoke, Drank" live on high-definition TV at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood.[21]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic75/100[22]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[23]
NME9/10[24]
Pitchfork8.0/10[2]
PopMatters6/10[1]
RapReviews7.5/10[25]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[26]
Spin7/10[27]

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 States.[28] As of August 15, 2011, the album has sold 285,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[29]

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 reviews.[22] 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".[30] 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".[31] 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 decade.[32] In 2014, Billboard called the single "No Hands" the ninth most successful song in the 25-year history of their Hot Rap Songs chart.[33]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Bustin' at 'Em"(co.)4:03
2."Hard in da Paint"Lex Luger4:06
3."TTG (Trained to Go)" (featuring French Montana, YG Hootie, Joe Moses, Suge Gotti & Baby Bomb)Lex Luger5:05
4."Bang" (featuring YG Hootie & Slim Dunkin)
  • Lex Luger
  • Tay Beatz
(co.)
4:23
5."No Hands" (featuring Roscoe Dash & Wale)Drumma Boy4:22
6."Bricksquad" (featuring Gudda Gudda)Lex Luger3:57
7."Fuck the Club Up" (featuring Pastor Troy & Slim Dunkin)Southside4:39
8."Homies" (featuring YG Hootie, Popa Smurf & Ice Burgandy)
4:54
9."Grove St. Party" (featuring Kebo Gotti)Lex Luger4:10
10."O Let's Do It" (featuring Cap)L-Don Beatz4:08
11."Karma" (featuring YG Hootie & Popa Smurf)Lex Luger3:52
12."Live by the Gun" (featuring Ra Diggs & Uncle Murda)Lex Luger4:09
13."For My Dawgs"Cedric "Yayo" Herbert3:21
14."G-Check" (featuring YG Hootie, Bo Deal & Joe Moses)Lex Luger4:18
15."Snake in the Grass" (featuring Cartier Kitten)Lex Luger2:58
16."Smoke, Drank" (featuring Mouse & Kebo Gotti)(co.)4:32
17."Fuck This Industry"Lex Luger5:09

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Flockaveli adapted from AllMusic.[34]

  • 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 AKA Waka Flocka Flame – executive producer, A&R
  • 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
  • Finis "KY" White – engineer, mixing

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010)[9] Peak
position
US Billboard 200 6
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 2
US Top Rap Albums 2

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Album Preview: Waka Flocka Flame's "Flockaveli" | Complex Blog". Complex.com. September 17, 2010. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
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