The past two years have been a wild ride for Waka Flocka Flame . Since the success of his Billboard 200 No. 6, "Flockavelli" (2010), Gucci Mane 's protégé has been busy assembling his sophomore album, "Triple F Life," and calling the shots for his imprint, Brick Squad Monopoly.
Flocka's inspiration for his upcoming album are his most loyal supporters: "friends, fans and family." "You see how evil people act for money [so] I'm doing this for friends, fans, and family," he said.
"It felt like a rushed project. I'm going to do it first quarter (2012) because I need to put my all into it," Waka Flocka continued on his recently pushed back album, "Triple F Life." "I felt like I was trying to please the label and not the people that really listen to the music."
Differing from "Flockavelli," which Waka says "was to put my artists on," Waka enlists A-list collaborators on his sophomore effort. The album's lead single, "Round Of Applause," a track "hidden in the dungeon" since the "Flockavelli" sessions, was given new life when Drake  jumped on it. "I said, 'Who do I need on the song to get some ladies into it?' Let me call Drake! I met him through the engineer, we put that track together, and that was it."
Flocka also hinted at another breakthrough guest spot on his upcoming album: DMX . "I'm trying to put a song together with DMX; he needs to get back on the scene!"
Aside from "Triple F Life," Flocka is releasing a collaborative album with French Montana , titled "Lock Out." The DJ Drama and DJ Green Lantern hosted mixtape is slated to hit the 'net on Dec. 9. "When I met French Montana I thought he was a good artist. When he first came out about two years ago, I felt if I started dealing with him, maybe he'll grow as an artist. He really did. He's workin!" Waka told The Juice.
With 2011 drawing to a close, Waka Flocka offered a bold prediction for the new year. "I'm gonna be the No. 1 artist of the year. That's not a prediction, that's a fact!" he proclaimed.
- The Juice