And here you thought Waka Flocka Flame’s classic hit Hard in Da Paint was just a hot song… Tisk, tisk.
No, the Atlanta-based rapper literally goes hard in the paint too; yes, that paint.
“Oh yeah I hoop now!” Waka said matter-of-factly. “Like, I’m really good though; like for real.”
Here’s some perspective; Waka said, among rappers, he’d “definitely” rank No. 1 on the hardwood.
“No question,” he said.
Makes sense for a guy who says he’s a combination of Shawn Kemp, John Starks and Paul George…
“Pre-injury Paul George!” Waka clarified.
I caught up with the hip hop star to chop-it-up about everything from learning a life lesson after getting cut from his middle school hoops team to his new music projects to why he’s got Mike Tyson atop his unwritten “Do Not Fight” list.
Jason Jordan: I always start out by gauging the sports backgrounds and experiences of my guests on the Chop-Up; I’ve heard you can really hoop?
Waka Flocka Flame: Oh yeah I hoop now! I definitely can hoop. I played rec ball coming up. Like, I’m really good though; like for real.
JJ: Indeed; I saw you dunk on the one guy on YouTube. Who do you play like?
WFF: Hmm, how can I put this; I’m aggressive all around the paint and the perimeter like Shawn Kemp, I’ve got a shoot-first mindset like John Starks and I’ve got the handles of Paul George.
JJ: Now are we talking Paul George pre- or post-injury?
WFF: (Laughs) Ah man you ain’t nothin’ for asking me that; I just want you to know that! Definitely before man! Pre-injury Paul George. C’mon!
JJ: You still hoop now?
WFF: I actually recently started dropping weight so I could get back to playing. I was 290 pounds man; it’s hard to play that big. I’m down to 250 now!
JJ: Let’s say an NBA team gave you a shot today; could you make a difference on the court?
WFF: Oh yeah! No question!
JJ: What would your stat line be with 32 minutes a game?
WFF: (Laughs) Wait, 32 minutes? That’s tragic right there; I told you I was getting back in shape now, but I’m not there. Let’s talk about 20 minutes big baby!
JJ: Fair enough.
WFF: OK, in 20 minutes I think your boy could get you 15-20 points a game.
JJ: Nicely done. Everyone’s had a shining moment in their sports career; what was yours?
WFF: OK listen to this; I always used to say back in the sixth grade that when seventh grade came around I was gonna turn-up on the court. So I went to Riverdale Middle School and went to tryout for the team. That was back when AND1 Mixtape ball was in style and I literally broke the whole team down off the dribble and dunked at the end of the play. Coach called me out and cut me that day! He told me I was a ball-hog and told me it’s never about your skills it’s about your character with people and about how you make your team feel. It really humbled me, and it’s something that I applied to life from that day on. I still apply it now. It really humbled me.
JJ: Let’s say we put on a one-on-one basketball tournament, involving only rappers, who wins?
WFF: Me. No question. No other rapper would win that tournament. That’s definitely mine all day.
JJ: Perfect place to take it random; what fast food restaurant has the best burgers?
WFF: Five Guys!
JJ: What was your worst pre-fame job?
WFF: I worked at Burger King and they used to call me “Mr. Burger Man!” Every time I came home I smelled like grease. Hated it.
JJ: What movie absolutely deserves a sequel?
WFF: Oh man that’s a great question! I would have to say Menace II Society. I’d love to see what happened next.
JJ: If you’d 100 percent get away with it what crime would you commit?
WFF: Ooh man, that’s another good one! Hmm, it’s obvious that your boy would go for the money. I’d have to hit the safety deposit boxes. Like on some Mission Impossible type stuff; especially since you said I’m getting away with it.
JJ: What do yellow traffic lights mean to you?
WFF: Look around the area and hurry up and get through it before it turns red.
JJ: What’s the most overused slang word today?
WFF: Thot. It’s time to retire that one.
JJ: What current fads would you love to see die-off?
WFF: Leather pants. I’m so sick of seeing that bro! I can’t even tell you. I just saw somebody with leather jogging pants on and a button-up shirt. I wanted to tell him to go blow his closet up.
JJ: You have to pick one: 12 rounds with Mike Tyson in his prime or five rounds in the octagon with Anderson Silva in his prime?
WFF: Bro Anderson, bro! Let me tell you something; I’m petrified of Mike Tyson! In his prime? No way! He’s cool though, but I am not fighting Mike for nothing! One time I was eating breakfast in L.A. at a random hotel and who in the world randomly sits behind me? Mike Tyson! He walked in the restaurant with an apple in his hand and when he sat down, I can’t even lie, I thought about getting up and being out! So I’ve got one of my friends with me and it’s that funny, sarcastic friend that just does crazy stuff all the time. Well, this guy actually tries to snap a picture. Of Mike Tyson! Mike’s dude jumped up and came over to me and said, “Yo Flocka, I mess with you, but tell your boy please stop trying to take pictures. Mike just almost knocked somebody out for randomly taking a pic of him.” I just got up and left my breakfast right there. It was time to go! No way I’m messin’ with Mike. No way.
JJ: What sitcom intro song do you know every word to?
WFF: Ooh, definitely Martin! Love that one.
JJ: How would you use a rewind button in life?
WFF: I would rewind back to the day my little brother committed suicide. He called my phone before he did it and I didn’t pick it up because I was doing the most at the time. I called him back 10 minutes later; no answer. I wish I could rewind back to that moment. I really do.
JJ: What’s your favorite gadget?
WFF: My cell phone.
JJ: Twitter or Instagram?
WFF: Twitter. Sometimes a picture is worth too many words. Twitter is exactly what you say.
JJ: If you could’ve been a fly on the wall for any past historic event which would you choose?
WFF: Man that’s a great question! I’d want to be there for the assassination of Malcolm X. I would’ve tried to get him off that stage.
JJ: We’ve got the music, we’ve got Love & Hip Hop Atlanta; talk about what fans can expect from you coming up?
WFF: They can definitely look for Flockaveli 2 my hip hop album and Turn Up God my electronic album then I feel like I haven’t put out enough visuals so I’m about to drop this eight-minute clip of what I’ve been doing for the last year with a crazy inspirational speech that I think is gonna touch a lot of people. I’m definitely excited about what’s coming up and I think the fans are gonna love it.
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