Waka Flocka Flame-Flockaveli (2010)


Flockaveli is the first official album by Bricksquad member and Gucci Mane underling Waka Flocka Flame. Now there are usually 2 polar opposite views you will have on this album. You will either A. Get hyped to it and love every second of it or B. Despise the repetition and vapidness that is blasted into your brain for an hour and 15 minutes.

Waka does absolutely nothing new or innovative on this album. Waka doesn’t even do the basics well. But he does have one thing going for him: charisma. What could have been a generic synth filled borefest in the hands of another no name southern rapper is turned into a rough, loud, ignorant album that is meant to be what it is. A fun listen.

Most of the album is produced by Virginia beatmaker Lex Luger, known mostly for his 300+ bpm hi-hat rolls and loud trunk rattling basslines, and it works perfectly for Waka’s style. The beats are fast and loud, and Waka nearly screams on many songs while injecting his trademark ad libs. The energy on the album is incredible, but the repetitive lyrical themes and rapid fire production can become grating after a while. Flockaveli is a long album and 3 or 4 songs could have easily been cut, making the album more concise and enjoyable.

Near the end of the album, I began to lose steam and found myself not really caring anymore. Despite this minor setback, Flockaveli is worth a listen, if only to find out which aforementioned category you would fall in. FLEX FLEX BOW!

75/100

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