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Wacka Flocka Gives Complex A Tour of Atlanta, Georgia

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Waka Flocka Flame:

Growing up for me, honestly, it was regular. I felt like all neighborhoods were the same, but evidently they wasn't. For a person looking outside in, they said that shit was the jungle. To me, that was a regular lifestyle. That was life, but that was what you woke up in. So there's no sense in complaining. Deal with it, live through it, try to rise, and when you're out, help the ones that are still stuck in it. The day I considered Georgia to be my home, the day got off the airplane that touched down in Atlanta. That was home.

Whoo Da Kid:

The best thing that could happen was for us to come from New York to here. Learn different things. Instead of being stuck in one element, you get to see the best of both.

Waka Flocka Flame:

Growing up in New York. Person ain't gonna greet you if they don't know you. They gonna walk right by you. Georgia is something else entirely. They'll walk up to you and be like, Hey, how are you doing? I see you're new to the neighborhood. But if you're raised in New York, to be entrepreneurial, ok you gotta keep this city running, so you automatically are bought. You know this down here, this country is slow paced, man.

Southside:

South side, the neighborhood was all young dudes. Young dudes with no guidance, didn't believe in nothin'. So this, what we're doing is like a dream.

Waka Flocka Flame:

From New York to Georgia, to me it was easy, because Georgia was hella fun. The dance scene was at its peak, the soul food was crazy, so got me learning the essence of the South and the country.

Southside:

I met him when I was 17, he was every bit of his music. It was wild, man. Going to the clubs, turning the clubs up.

Waka Flocka Flame:

Some of the first locations I ever started in, it was a club called Figure 8, Libra. A club called Mariachi in Marietta, Texano. Just like, the college scene, basically. The underground. Clean County, like big, man.

Whoo Da Kid:

We was wild, and we was everywhere as a kid. We only had the parks so we had to do everything together. Grandma said that if you don't punish them, you aren't going anywhere. But if she goes in the bathroom or if she goes in the store, we'd skate out of the house. You know what I'm saying? Average little boy, so there wasn't anything different.

Waka Flocka Flame:

When I first came down here you had Kilo Ali, Hitman Sammy Sam, Playa Fly, Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz, it was the party scene when I got here.

Southside:

We got the wildest show there was. Just young, and going crazy. People like it.

Chaz:

Yeah, everybody loved Waka. Whenever he came somewhere, like his presence was known.

Southside:

Him making his first song, and he kept saying Ring... ring... and we were like, What is that? What are you trying to do? He said, I'm going to rap. I'm going to do this. And I'm like, Alright.

Chaz:

Yeah he just one day, just came out the blue, well I'm gonna start rappin'. Shoot in your face with a big enough week if you think you can do it. He made his little songs, we liked it, he had a big street name. Whenever he went walking, everybody knew Wocka. ,

Whoo Da Kid:

Somethin' that he'd go from never rapping, never writin' down lines, I wanna be a rapper, never doing it ever, not one time, to rappin' and hitting every TV screen across the world, not just the US. That right there, that's crazy.

Waka Flocka Flame:

My family and friends, they show me so much love unconditionally and as a whole like, when people like, there to knock you down, beat you down, like they always oblivious. Like yo, We're all we got.

Whoo Da Kid:

You stay here more, and start meeting people? You'll love it.

Waka Flocka Flame:

When I'm on a roll, I make sure I got my brothers with me, close friends. We just bring it home everywhere we go, we keep our house on the tour bus. The music come out of me when I'm mad. Everyone say, it come outta me when I'm mad.

Chaz:

Whenever he gets angry, or when he talks seriously and not jokingly, like it comes out and you can hear the New York accent. Listen to me, yo, listen to me! Down south, we don't say yo like that.

Waka Flocka Flame:

Lesson I learned in my neighborhood, like something real simple, I'll give you something simple. Whenever two people are conversing about something, when they're conversing about a certain situation, even though you're here, never comment on it. Always mind your own business so you never get tied into another person's problem. Just watch people fail at certain things that you're trying to accomplish, and you see they failed at the way you probably was walking, that's a lesson learned. You know, whole bunch of ass-whoopings from my grandmother, my mother, they just kept me grounded, man. Alright, this is your boy Waka, I appreciate Complex stopping by, kickin' it at my mom's house, people don't even come here, so we're not giving any directions out. I appreciate you all, love you all to death. Squad, triple F life.


Waka Flocka and friends talk about growing up in Georgia.

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