Waka Flocka on Why He Called Himself a "Wack Rapper"

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: Waka Flocka Flame Visits Music Choice on April 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

After throwing fans for a spin last week by calling himself a "wack rapper," Waka Flocka took a moment to clear the air on what he meant with the unusual take.

In an interview with Rap-Up TV, Flocka admitted that he feels like people overlook his impact on hip-hop and wanted to spur some chatter by talking down on himself.

"It was more reverse psychology," Flocka says at the 2:43 mark. "It was more so of this generation and the people that got power and feel that way. You know, I be seeing 'em make these little lists that say 'Influential People of the Decade' and I be sitting here like, 'Yo, hip-hop never sounded like this before me. Who's more influential than that? Okay, cool I'mma wack rapper I guess.' Let me say I'm wack just so y'all can actually hear people say, 'No this guy's actually the GOAT – one of the GOATs.' I'm not trying to say 'I'm the GOAT.' I'm actually sittin' next to them by default."

It all started during a recent sit-down with Complex's Everyday Struggle where Flocka opened up about his rap career and how he made music just to get money. While reflecting on his approach, he suddenly called himself wack.

"At that point in my life I was being real on my dead brother," Flocka said. "Why was I rapping? I'm rich, I wanted to be rich. So from that time to right now, I wanted to figure out how can I become a billionaire and a multi-millionaire off of business. Because I did it with rap. I was a wack rapper, like I knew I was wack but I was real. My realness overcame my wackness."

Many hip-hop fans were caught off guard by his thoughts.

With a deep catalog full of definitive trap songs, like "Hard in Da Paint," "Grove St. Party" and "5ok," as well as outspoken, off the wall mixtapes, like the LeBron Flocka James and Salute Me or Shoot Me series, Flocka brought an irresistible energy to trap music in the early 2010s. Originally discovered by Gucci Mane, the Atlanta artist helped pave the way for raw, unreserved drill talent like Chief Keef and, more recently, upcoming acts like Fivio Foreign.

As a testament to his vision, Flocka's reverse psychology strategy seemed to work. You can check out some of the Twitter highlights below. 🔥