Mixtape Review | Waka Flocka Flame – Flockaveli 1.5

Flockaveli 1.5 was released on November 25th in 2015. I guess it was released in promotion of Waka’s upcoming third studio album. If you ask me, that shit where he said he was running for president was the best possible promotion he could’ve got. Everybody was paying attention to that shit. Not that anybody with a brain was taking it seriously, but they still liked it. He should’ve capitalized on that when he had the chance. The white boys at my school loved him for that shit. They also loved him for being a stereotypical representation of the modern black man who they made a clown of, but that’s not the point. He should’ve named his album after something that has to do with being a president. He should’ve made his State of the Union in the form of a song. People would’ve loved that. That’s not what happened tho. We got Flockaveli 1.5. I’m kinda late to this one, and I honestly wasn’t even gonna check it out even though it got requested, but it somehow found it’s way onto my schedule, so I guess I’ll give it a shot. I don’t really love Trap music, but I think some of it’s entertaining. I can only take it in small portions tho. Young Dolph is probably my favorite Trap artist, but Waka’s decent too I guess. Obviously I won’t be too hard on the lyrics unless they’re really really really stupid or offensive or something like that. I don’t know. A lot of Hip Hop heads scoff at the idea of critics not shitting on people like Waka, but I think Trap music has it’s place in Hip Hop. Nobody thinks that Waka’s a good MC because he isn’t. It’s okay to think that he’s a good artist tho. He makes entertaining music. It’s okay to say that Waka Flocka Flame is your favorite musician because he makes entertaining music that appeals to you. It’s less okay to say that he’s your favorite MC, but nobody really says that, so I don’t really get why some people hate shit like this. I’m not expecting this to be that good of a mixtape. I’m expecting a handful of entertaining songs tho. My favorite song by Waka Flocka Flame is definitely Seen A Lot featuring Wooh Da Kid. I hope he’s got some shit like that on here…

Track 1: Shootin’ (Prod. Southside & TM88)

This could pretty much be classified as Drill music. “Ain’t no motherfuckin’ talkin’ / Bitch, I’m shootin’ at these niggas / Shootin’, I’m shootin’, shootin’, shootin’ at these niggas.” This beat is fuckin’ crazy. I’m not in love with the hook, but it’s not bad. Waka’s goin’ in now with a pretty dope flow. I mean, it’s not that good, but it’s better than I expected it to be. This whole song is actually better than I expected it to be. “Shootin’ / I’m too rich to fight.” Waka’s energetic delivery sounds pretty good over this beat. There really isn’t much to dislike about this song if you like Trap music. “Nigga fuck your life.” I guess the hook could’ve been a little more hard hitting, but it’s still not bad. This first verse is dope af. There are a lot of dope lines that I fuck with. Obviously he isn’t hitting anyone with dope ass bars that make you think. It’s just dumb fun. Like this line: “I got shooters in Nebraska / Out there they say ‘Ne-blast-ya.’” That’s some of the most stupid shit I ever heard, but sometimes stupid is entertaining. It’s not like he thinks he’s a great MC that should be mentioned in the same conversation as Rakim or KRS-One. It’s supposed to be stupid. That’s what makes it more entertaining. I fuck with this song. I was gonna call it dope af, but that hook holds it back a little bit. It lasts a little too long. I enjoyed the actual verses much more than the hook. To be fair, that’s pretty impressive for a Trap song. This song is dope. I fuck with this. 4/5

Track 2: Short Handed Feat. Chaz Gotti (Prod. Southside & TM88)

I think this Chaz Gotti guy is signed to Brick Squad Monopoly. Yup, I just looked it up. I had no idea that all of 808 Mafia was signed to BSM. There are like 1000 different people signed to BSM, but that’s neither here nor there. Okay, the song’s starting now. This beat is dope af. Hey, what ever happened to Lex Luger? Didn’t him & Waka used to do like every song together? I haven’t heard about that guy in a long ass time. What’s he been up to? That last I heard of him was when he was makin’ shit with A-Trak as Low Pros. Sorry, I’m getting off topic. This beat just kinda reminded me of his production. Hahaha. Okay, I’m DEFINITELY fuckin’ with this hook more than the previous track. Goddamn. Haha. I love the way that bass kicks in every time Waka says “HE AIN’T ROCKIN’ HOW I’M ROCKIN’ THEN IT’S FUCK HIM.” This beat is fucking bananas. Hahaha. If I was hangin’ out in public with my homies and this song came on, somebody would die. This shit is crazy. Seriously, it’s been a long ass time since a Trap song gave me this feeling. Waka’s verse wasn’t as energetic as the hook, but I still enjoyed it. Chaz’s verse was cool too. I definitely fuck with this shit. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 3: Blue Or Red (Prod. Southside & Metro Boomin’)

Blue Or Red

I’m honestly amazed at how high the quality of the picture up there is. Hopefully the quality of the actual song is on the same level. The hook doesn’t hit as hard as that of the previous track, mostly because it isn’t nearly as simplistic, but once things pick up the pace and he starts sayin’ “SKRR SKRR” it gets better. I fuck with this song. I appreciate the more toned downed energy level after that previous track too. He sorta brought shit down a little bit. The beat’s dope. There’s not really much to say. It’s just another dope Trap song with a dope beat & hook. 4/5

Track 4: M.O.N.E.Y. (Prod. Southside)

This beat is cool, but it definitely isn’t as good as the last few tracks. The hook’s not bad. I don’t know about this one. It’s definitely an entertaining song, but it’s not on the same level as the previous tracks. Mostly because of this flow he’s using. I know I’ve heard it before, but I can’t think of any other songs where it’s used. I don’t really like this flow tho. This isn’t that bad of a song, but it gets old really fast. “Pussy super wet, I think I’m surfin’.” One of the comments for this song says “Turn up dude.” Yeah, I’m not really feelin’ this one. It’s not a terrible track. If it came on I wouldn’t be in a rush to change the song, but I’m not gonna be playin’ this again. It’s average. 3/5

Track 5: Rap Fucked Up (Prod. B Wheezy)

What the hell? Is Young Scooter on this song? It sounds like it, but he isn’t listed as a feature… He keeps yellin’ “Juggin’!” Maybe he’s just in the background. This beat is cool. Not as entertaining as the other beats, but it’s not terrible. This hook isn’t really doin’ anything for me. The first verse wasn’t that good. Neither is the second verse. Nah. This one isn’t working for me. The beat & hook aren’t very engaging to me, and that’s a problem for Trap music, especially Waka’s music. It’s not horrible, but it isn’t really a good Trap song. I don’t really like Young Scooter at all, but I think an actual verse from him would’ve made things more exciting. I’m not feelin’ this one. 2/5

Track 6: Workin’ (Prod. Tarentino)

Workin'

HAHAHA. This beat is fuckin’ monstrous. It’s just funny to me how serious and violent it sounds. It’s dope af. I fuck with this hook too. I can see how the way it’s mixed might get on some peoples’ nerves—”I-I-I-I-I BEEN WORKIN’ NIGGA!“—but I like how simple and short it is. This shit is making me laugh. It’s so over the top. Just look at the music video. It’s so ridiculous, yet so gangsta. Gangsta doesn’t even really seem like the right word tho. Freddie Gibbs & The Game are gangstas. I don’t know what to call people like Waka Flocka Flame. I guess some people would use the word “savage,” but I get kind of a racist vibe from that. I don’t know. There’s not really much to say about this one. The beat & hook bring a certain level of energy, and Waka somehow maintained it throughout the verses. Even the music video is crazy. This is Trap music at it’s best. 5/5

Track 7: AM 2 PM (Prod. Southside & DJ Spinz)

AM 2 PM

This beat is cool. It’s not bad, but it’s not really standing out that much at all. “My bitch said ‘You coming to bed?‘ and I told her ‘Ho, give me a minute!” That line was pretty great, but I don’t know if it’s enough to save this song. It’s just not that exciting. This hook is pretty bad. It almost sounds like it’s from a different person. He’s mumbling and slurring his words like how Future would do. It’s not as bad as Future tho. I don’t know. I’m not feelin’ the beat or the hook. They aren’t terrible. Just not very good. This track isn’t doing it’s job as a Trap song. It’s boring to me. I’m not feelin’ it. 2/5

Track 8: Birthday (Prod. Southside)

This beat is cool I guess. I liked how he was yellin’ “WAKA! FLOCKA!” on the intro, but this hook leaves something to be desired. Hahaha. He started yelling “WAKA! FLOCKA!” again in the middle of his verse. That was cool, but other than that this song doesn’t really stand out that much. I’m gonna try to cut everything out except the parts where he yells his own name. He should do that. I would listen to a song in which he was just yelling his own name. I’m surprised he hasn’t done that yet. Has he? If he has somebody send me the name of the song. This song isn’t really doin’ much for me. I don’t really think it’s bad tho. It’s just not that good. 3/5

Track 9: Feel About Me (Prod. Southside & TM88)

This beat’s kinda hard. I don’t know. I’m not really feelin’ this hook that much. I think it would’ve been a lot better if he was just yelling it like he usually does instead of trying to sing. The problem with Flocka is that if the hook isn’t that entertaining, there’s pretty much no reason at all to listen to the rest of the song ’cause you already know how you’re gonna feel. It’s not like the lyrics are gonna save it or anything. I guess the lyrics aren’t completely useless because they can be funny at times, but the hook is obviously the main course for music like this. These beats are starting to sound a little too similar. I don’t think this is a bad song mavvvvbecause I think I would probably enjoy this if it randomly came on in the car or something like that, but I definitely wouldn’t put it on myself. This is shuffle music. It’s not that good. 3/5

Track 10: Lose My Mind (Prod. Fuse)

Oh my God. Hahahaha. This definitely isn’t a good song. It’s so good tho. I mean, I feel like this is a terrible song, but I still really like. It’s so stupid that I have to like it. Waka’s singin’ this hook in autotune. I can only understand a few words… “Ima lose my fucking mind / If you ????? / All these bitches snorting lines / Ay ay ay ay.” I like this song, but I wouldn’t be caught dead playin’ this bullshit. Yeah. It’s that kind of song. I usually hate autotune, but when it’s this kind of music and the artist uses it in moderation, I can tolerate it. I doubt he’ll use it on every other track after this one. That would definitely be bad tho. He’s used the term “McChickens” more than once. This is by no means a good song, but to me this shit is dope. I can’t help it. It’s so bad that it’s entertaining. The hook definitely gets old by the end of the song, but it isn’t too bad. This beat from Fuse is crazy by the way. 4/5

Track 11: Trappin’ N’ Rappin’ (Prod. Southside)

This beat is alright I guess. I kinda fuck with this hook. He’s screaming in the background and it’s actually pretty annoying on this one. The verses weren’t good. The beat was average. I don’t know, man. I think 15 tracks might be a little too much… The hook’s kinda cool, but other than that it’s not really that good. It gets pretty old by the time the song is over. I don’t think this song is horrible. It’s just not very good. 3/5

Track 12: No Lie (Prod. Southside)

Damn. I actually kinda fuck with this hook. It’s kind of melodic, but he’s not seriously tryin’ to sing his ass off like Phonte or anything. This beat really isn’t that good, but the hook fits over it pretty well. Do I really even need to talk about these verses? He’s definitely had worse verses than this, but that doesn’t mean these bars are amazing. It’s just better. It’s still not great lyrically. I can see how some people might get annoying by Waka saying “NO LIE” over & over again. I didn’t mind it that much tho. I fuck with the song. It could definitely be better, but I still enjoyed it. It’s dope to me. 4/5

Track 13: Blood Brother Feat. Wooh Da Kid (Prod. Southside)

Hopefully this’ll be dope. I fuck with Wooh Da Kid. He’s on the hook. I wasn’t really feelin’ it that much at first, but it’s kinda grown on me. Same goes for the beat. I actually really like this hook. The more I listen to it the more I like it. Something about this beat definitely sounds off. I’m not really sure what it is tho. It just sounds kinda disjointed. I fuck with the song tho. The verses were average, but the hook was dope. This song is definitely not as good as Seen A Lot. I fuck with it tho. This is dope to me. 4/5

Track 14: Hit A Lick (Prod. YK)

This beat is really generic. The hook is boring. The first verse was wack. What the hell? Is that fuckin’ Quavo? Why wasn’t he credited as a feature? Quavo just came out of nowhere and started spittin’ on the second verse. For those of you who don’t know, Quavo is pretty much the most popular Migo. He’s still wack tho. His verse was wack. The song is wack. It’s boring. Nothing special at all about this one. 2/5

Track 15: How It Feel (Prod. Black Metaphor)

Oh God… This sounds like he’s about to be on some emotional shit… Talkin’ about his life and shit. Damn… The beat just dropped… This production is actually dope af. The hook is average. Yeah… I was right. He’s tryna actually talk about shit now. He does a better job than you would think. It’s still not great tho. He’s strugglin’ with some of these rhymes. “Do you know how it feel, nigga? / To get crossed by your childhood friends, nigga.” The word “feel” doesn’t rhyme with “friends.” This isn’t really what I want from Flocka. I appreciate his attempts to try and shoehorn some substance into the last track, but it doesn’t really work for me. If I want substance in my music I’ll go listen to some other shit. This isn’t horrible. I mean, if it was coming from anyone else I would say it’s horrible, but for whatever reason I didn’t really hate this song. It’s just not good. 3/5

Final Thoughts:

That was alright I guess. If he has more songs like Short Handed & Workin’ on Flockaveli 2, then it should be pretty good. There aren’t really any horrible songs on here. The only problem is that some of the songs are just too generic and boring. Flocka’s at his best when he’s screaming incredibly simplistic hooks over comically aggressive Trap production. I definitely enjoyed this project more than I thought I would; I did start to get a little bored towards the backend of this mixtape tho. I think he should probably keep Flockaveli 2 to around 12 tracks. It definitely shouldn’t be longer than this project. I think I’ll give it a shot tho. There are some songs on this mixtape that I really really like, and I’m sure he saved his best shit for the album. Hopefully. This mixtape isn’t great, but it’s probably the best Trap project I’ve ever reviewed on this website. I’d definitely give this a listen if you really like Waka Flocka Flame. If you’re just a casual Trap fan, I’d skim this tape. Just listen to the hook or the beat and see if anything grabs your ear. It’s not like you have to really pay that much attention and analyze the rhymes to catch hidden metaphors and shit. It’s just simple music. It’s average. There are definitely some good songs on here, but the mixtape as a whole didn’t quite reach the status of “dope” for me. It’s okay.

Favorite Song: Workin’

Least Favorite Song: Hit A Lick

Verdict:

68%

MEH

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