Waka Flocka Flame just released his debut album has a single climbing the Hot 100, but the Georgia MC is already looking pretty far into the future. He knows he'll become a superstar, and he sees it happening around his fifth album.
"It's like a race. This first album is like putting on my sneakers," says Waka Flocka, whose first album, "Flockaveli," is out today (Oct. 5) on 1017 Brick Squad/Warner Bros./Asylum Records. "I'm looking in the mirror preparing for the race. My second album, I'm jumping on the finish line. Third album, I'm racing again. By my fifth album I'm going to win the race. Guaranteed."
"Flockaveli" arrives after Waka Flocka Flame (real name: Juaquin Malphurs) spent the past two years releasing mixtapes like "LeBron Flocka James" and "Salute Me or Shoot Me" as a member of Gucci Mane's So Icey crew. After releasing singles like "Hard in Da Paint" and "O Let's Do It," the Wale and Roscoe Dash-assisted track "No Hands" is currently at No. 44 on the Hot 100.
While Waka Flocka chalks up the hard-hitting sound of "Flockaveli" to featured label mates like Pastor Troy and producer Lex Luger ("We're the new Snoop and Dre," says the rapper), he says that a lot of his success is owed to his mom, Debra Antney, who doubles as his manager.
"It works, and let me tell you why: your mother's always going to want you to go further in life," he says. "She's going to teach you. She's always positive with you and wants you to go to your full potential."
After the release of "Flockaveli," the rapper will stay busy working with Wiz Khalifa, Nipsey Hussle and others as the super group Desperadoes. As for his reportedly troubled relationship with mentor Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka says that there's no rift between the two.
"It's looking really good with me and Gucci," he says. "That's my big dawg. There's nothing wrong with us."