Malphurs was born in South Jamaica, Queens, New York City. His family eventually settled in Riverdale, Georgia. His mother, Debra Antney, is rapper Gucci Mane’s former manager and the CEO of So Icey/Mizay Entertainment. The name “Waka” was given to him by his cousin, after the Muppets character Fozzie Bear’s catchphrase, “Wocka Wocka”. The name “Flocka Flame” was given to him by Gucci Mane, whom he has known since he was 19.
Waka Flocka came to fame with his breakthrough single “O Let’s Do It” in 2009, which peaked at number 62 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Waka Flocka is a member of 1017 Brick Squad with Gucci Mane, OJ Da Juiceman, Frenchie, and Wooh Da Kid. On January 19, 2010, Malphurs was shot and robbed at a car wash in Atlanta. The bullet went through his right arm. His debut album, Flockaveli, was released on October 1, 2010. The album debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200. The album was inspired by Tupac Shakur, whose final stage name and pseudonym before his death was Makaveli. He was named the eighth hottest MC of 2010 by MTV.
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Gucci Mane fired Waka Flocka’s mother as his manager. There was initially no animosity between the two rappers due to this event. In an MTV interview, both he and Waka Flocka affirmed that their relationship was, at the time, in good standing even though they no longer spoke to one another. In early September, Gucci Mane was seen at Flocka’s Flockaveli listening party supporting the artist.