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by Waka Flocka Flame

Released October 7, 2010 via 1017 Brick Squad / Asylum Records / Warner Bros. Records

Reviewed October 8, 2020

Top tracks (based on community voting)
Hard In Da Paint (76%), No Hands (35%), Fuck the Club Up (29%)

Flockaveli is a rollercoaster ride that refuses to let up. Over a decade after the album’s release, crunk has all but died—but hasn’t died yet, according to Duke Deuce—and yet this album still stands the test of time. Music usually stops being “nostalgic” and starts being “antiquated” when it seeks to chase trends; on the contrary, Flockaveli set trends. Dr. Waka Flocka Flame was one of the first rappers to really use his voice as an instrument and he did this better than most singers, turning songs to bangers by cranking it up to 11. He brought the intensity of a Lil Jon, but with better hooks and lyrics. The runtime is the only thing holding Flockaveli back from being one of the greatest albums of all time. However, I’d posit that it’s doing just fine as the genre-defining masterpiece with far-reaching influence that it is today. – Alan (9.1/10)

Waka Flocka Flame's debut album is fondly remembered for its hits, but it is often underrated as a well-balanced album experience that fed the streets and rattled the mainstream for years to come. Flockaveli’s identity sounds like lightning in a bottle, and the kind of music that would begin to erode some geographical barriers between hip-hop listeners with the rise of music streaming. Waka's roots in New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta gave Flockaveli a nice mixture of styles, primed with the sounds Lex Luger was dominating the popular mixtape circuit with at that time. Beats that made you actually go “dumb.” This is the music that made Danny Brown write “Bruiser Brigade” -- good music to party, hustle, fight or smoke to. Dr. Waka Flocka Flame celebrates ten years of Flockaveli alongside an honorary doctorate in philanthropy and humanitarianism in 2020, proving just exactly how many ripples this debut album has instigated. – DeVán (8.5/10)

Daniel: 10/10 | Cam: 9.3/10 | Alan: 9.1/10 | Hadley: 9/10 | DeVán: 8.5/10

Enth: 8.5/10 | Dominick: 8/10


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