Waka Flocka Flame is an American rapper who rose to fame with his singles “O Let’s Do It,” “Hard in da Paint,” and “No Hands.” He has released four studio albums several mixtapes, and collaborated with many other artists. He is also known for his reality show “Waka & Tammy: What The Flocka” with his estranged wife, Tammy Rivera.
Waka Flocka Net Worth
Waka Flocka Flame has a net worth of $7 million as of 2023. This is based on his earnings from his music career, his reality show, and his endorsements. He has released four studio albums several mixtapes, and collaborated with many other artists. He is also known for his reality show “Waka & Tammy: What The Flocka” with his estranged wife, Tammy Rivera. You can read more about his life and career in the article above.
Early Life and Career
Juaquin James Malphurs, better known as Waka Flocka Flame, was born in South Jamaica, New York, on May 31, 1986. His family moved to Georgia when he was young. His mother, Debra Antney, is a former manager of rapper Gucci Mane and the CEO of So Icey/Mizay Entertainment. Waka Flocka was not interested in music as a child and preferred to play basketball. He was influenced by Gucci Mane’s performance when he was 19 and decided to pursue a rap career. His stage name was from his cousin, who called him “Waka” after the Muppets character Fozzie Bear’s catchphrase “Wocka Wocka.” Gucci Mane added “Flocka Flame” to his name later.
Salute Me or Shoot Me Vol. 1, Waka Flocka’s debut mixtape, was made available in 2008. His breakthrough single, “O Let’s Do It,” came out in 2009 and peaked at number 62 on the US Billboard Hot 100. He signed with 1017 Brick Squad and Warner Bros. Records in 2009 and joined Gucci Mane’s group 1017 Brick Squad along with OJ Da Juiceman, Frenchie, and Wooh Da Kid. He released his debut album, Flockaveli 2010, which debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200 and was inspired by Tupac Shakur’s pseudonym, Makaveli. He was named the eighth hottest MC of 2010 by MTV.
Later Career and Achievements
Waka Flocka released several mixtapes 2011, including Salute Me or Shoot Me 3, Benjamin Flocka, and Twin Towers 2 (No Fly Zone) with Slim Dunkin. He also posed for a nude but not revealing picture for PETA to boycott killing animals and wearing fur. He collaborated with Gucci Mane on their joint album, Ferrari Boyz 2011. He released his second studio album, Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family, in 2012, which featured guest appearances from Drake, Nicki Minaj, Ludacris, Meek Mill, and others. The lead single, “Round of Applause,” featuring Drake, became his highest-charting single.
Waka Flocka continued to release mixtapes in the following years, such as DuFlocka Rant 2, Roaches to Rollies, DuFlocka Rant: Halftime Show, Salute Me or Shoot Me 4 (Banned from America), Re-Up, I Can’t Rap Vol. 1, Salute Me or Shoot Me 5 (The Final Chapter), and Flockaveli 1.5. He also appeared on several reality shows, such as Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta and Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta. He announced his third studio album, Flockaveli 2, in 2013, but it has been delayed several times due to label issues and personal reasons. He said he would retire from rap after releasing the album.
Waka Flocka has won several awards and nominations for his music career. He won the BET Hip Hop Award for Best Club Banger for “No Hands” in 2011. He was nominated for the BET Award for Best Collaboration for “No Hands” in 2011 and for “Round of Applause” in 2012. He was also nominated for the MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip Hop Video for “No Hands” in 2011.
Personal Life and Relationship
Waka Flocka married Tammy Rivera, a singer and reality star, in 2014 after dating for several years. They have a daughter named Charlie Rivera from Tammy’s previous relationship. Waka Flocka has been involved in Charlie’s life since she was four. Waka Flocka and Tammy have faced many challenges in their marriage due to Waka’s infidelity and trust issues. They appeared on Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition to work on their relationship in 2019. However, after nearly eight years of marriage, they announced their separation in March 2022. They said they remain friends and co-parents.
Waka Flocka has been involved in several legal and personal troubles. He was shot and robbed at a car wash in Atlanta in 2010. He was arrested for possessing marijuana, hydrocodone, and a firearm and violating probation in 2010. He was arrested again for marijuana possession in 2011 and 2014. He was also arrested for carrying a loaded handgun at an airport in 2014. He pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to five years of probation and 500 hours of community service in 2015. He was also sued by a former employee for unpaid wages in 2015.
Waka Flocka is 6 feet 4 inches (193 cm) tall and weighs 214 lbs (97 kg). He has over 65 tattoos, including his stage name, mother’s name, daughter’s name, and various religious symbols. He is of African-American, Dominican, and Italian descent. He is a vegan and an animal rights activist. He supports various causes, such as education, anti-bullying, and mental health awareness. He is also a fan of video games, anime, and wrestling.
Waka Flocka Flame is an American rapper who has achieved success with his singles and albums. He is also known for his reality show with his estranged wife, Tammy Rivera. He has faced many challenges in his personal and professional life but has also shown his support for various causes.
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