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Waka Flocka Flame marked a career milestone today with the release of his debut album Flockaveli.
But the Brick Squad emcee also has his sights set on achieving a surprise pairing with Queensbridge legend Nas.
Several months ago, Waka Flocka cited Nas to AllHipHop.com as his choice for the best rapper of all time.
With his name continuing to gain momentum via his well-received singles, Flocka is open to working with more artists outside his camp, as he did on his latest hit “No Hands.”
When given a list of emcees, Flocka became visibly excited at the idea of working with Nas.
“Excuse my language but hell yeah!” he exclaimed.
Although Nas is primarily lauded for his highly poetic rhymes, the veteran lyricist has experience with crunk music via his work with Lil Jon.
The two worked together on Jon’s all-star track “Grand Finale,” and the Bravehearts single “Quick to Back Down.”
Because of that, Waka Flocka Flame doesn’t feel he’d have to modify his approach to compliment Nas’ style.
In fact, he argues that trying to change his presentation would take away from the potency of the proposed track.
“My content, I’m on the same style,” Waka Flocka stated. “I can’t change for nobody. I guess people will like you for you. When you change you’re not being you, and then they won’t like you.”
Nas is currently working on his untitled 10th album, and preparing for the release of Lost Tapes 2 on December 14.
Waka Flocka Flame’s new album Flockaveli features production from Lex Luger, and appearances from French Montana, Uncle Murda, Pastor Troy and Gudda Gudda.
Backstage at Constitution Hall on the D.C. leg of Drake’s “Light Dreams & Nightmares” tour, he and manager Cortez Bryant received a pair of platinum plaques for Thank Me Later. This past summer, Drizzy scored his first plaque for his sales in Canada.
Alabama emcee Yelawolf has already mapped out the next six months with two new albums and a collaboration mixtape with Def Jam’s Big K.R.I.T.
Yelawolf, who’s already had a high-profile 2010 with appearances on projects from Bizarre, Paul Wall and Big Boi, will release his first major label album in November.
“Trunk Muzik: 0-60 is coming out in November, my first album release for Interscope,” he told AllHipHop.com. “After that, we’re going to be releasing an album in March called Radioactive. So it’s a lot of work.”
Even with a formidable promotion machine like Interscope behind him, Yelawolf cites touring as the best form of promotion for any artist.
To that end, he’s partnered with fellow breakout emcees Wiz Khalifa and Big. K.R.I.T. for the national Waken Baken tour.
“[I’m] on tour with Wiz Khalifa, and after I hop off that it’s straight back in the lab to work on the album release,” Yelawolf explained. “K.R.I.T.’s on the tour too, but we haven’t done any dates together; he’s doing spot dates. That’s another mixtape I’ll be putting out with him, Trunk Muzik Wuz Here: Country Cu$$inz should be dropping soon.”
The Alabama rapper is aware that due to major label protocol, he will now have to consider new factors like marketing and radio accessibility when making music.
However, Yelawolf is adamant that the integrity of his music won’t be compromised.
“I don’t do s**t that I don’t want to do. You can’t make me. It’s impossible, I’m too f**king stubborn,” Yelawolf stated. “I let my team deal with that in-between, creative talk. But I get it. I’m not up there to do music that people don’t understand. I’m up there to do music the world understands. I didn’t join a major label to be an underground artist.”
Yelawolf’s Trunk Muzik: 0-60 is scheduled for release on November 23.