'Drake deserves a Grammy for '0 to 100,'' Waka tells The Juice.
After turning heads with feature appearances on Flosstradamus' "TTU (Too Turnt Up)," DJ Scream's "Always" and Steve Aoki's "Rage the Night Away," Waka Flocka Flame debuts a video for his take on Drake's "0-100/ The Catch-Up."
Check out the video to Waka Flocka's "0 to 100 (Freestyle)" below, premiered here on The Juice.
As we've seen, the element of surprise and innate need to satisfy fans are two forces that drive unexpected song releases. As Waka Flocka explains to Billboard, "I did it for my fans. I did it because nobody forced me to do it and my Waka Flocka fans deserved it!"
It's rumored that you flew down to Toronto specifically to film the video with director Footage of Footage WorldWide.
Footage is the Canadian Spike Lee and he's a fucking genius. He represents my look. There are too many basic looks, and Footage takes it to a good place.
What attracted you to Drake's "0 to 100/ The Catch Up"?
As soon as I heard the beat, I was like, "Oooohh, this is old school; it's like Wu-Tang shit."
Has Drake heard it or know that you were going to remix it?
No, I just dropped it.
Chris Brown, Meek Mill, G-Unit, Juicy J and others have jumped on "0 to 100 / The Catch Up." What do you think is the allure of this song?
Drake deserves a Grammy for "0 to 100." It's a great statement and he has good taste in beats. The song connects, you know?
Would you ever want to work with James Blake, knowing that's him on "The Catch Up"?
No! I didn’t know that. But I would definitely like to work with James Blake in the future. He's got a great voice!
On the original version, Drake references upcoming projects and artists from October's Very Own and Reps Up Records. Are you foreshadowing the rise of 36Brickhouse artists on your version?
Yes. I created a successful company with close friends. As an artist, I try to reach for the sky. When people say things don't happen overnight, don't believe them. I go against that. I go against the grain.
I would definitely keep an eye out for artists like Chaz Gotti. He's going to take over! Southside is another one, who has also produced a number of tracks on my album, and Joey Fatts from Long Beach, whose Chipper Jones Vol. 3 features Action Bronson, A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown and more.
In 2010, you released Flockaveli, which reached No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart. Talk to us about about your upcoming album, Flockaveli 2.
It's a really good album. We're thinking about making this album a double [album]. It's not going to be an EDM album; [but] I am trying to separate my music from hip-hop. While I was making it, I saw shades of grey.
Any idea when fans might expect the album?
It is dropping this year.
Once your fans watch the video for "0 to 100," what would you like their response to be?