Label: 1017 Brick Squad, AsylumWarner Bros.

A$AP Yams: Flockaveli is just to me, I look at it as—I got caught flat-footed too. I look at it as, I put it up there with DMX’s It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, because of the impact. Flockaveli I think is such an important album, I think the world needed that, cause it was just aggressive content, like the rap game wasn’t aggressive anymore. Like everything was just like, ‘You know, we’re stoners, we’re high, you know?’ Everybody was a weed smoker now, and everybody was on their little shorty shit, rapping over chill beats and like that and not being fly. Flocka came out, like.

“What’s that shit? He said with someone, was it, fuck. He said someone was talking about Eazy-E, he’s like, ‘I’m with Eazy, I’m bringing gangster rap back. I let the guns go.’ He really brought that aggressive content back in rap, and we really needed it, you know what I’m saying? And it was up there with Onyx, and fucking DMX, before everybody started to get off that soft shit, and really kind of like get a little more aggressive with it.

“On top of that, he came in the game with a new sound as well. That’s what makes him successful you know what I mean? He came through the south with a sound and a movement going on in his beats. He had his own, different style, you know what I mean? Motherfucker was all of the place, ad-libs like a motherfucker. On top of that, you listen to the motherfucker like he’s really got confidence in that motherfucker. Like, ‘Fuck this Industry’ is some real shit.”