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|Born||May 31, 1986|
|Labels||Brick Squad Monoply, 1071 Brick Squad Records, Warner Bros., Asylum|
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Juaquin Malphurs (born May 31, 1986), better known by his stage name Waka Flocka Flame, is an American rapper signed to 1017 Brick Squad and Warner Bros. He is a longtime friend of Nicki Minaj whose mother was Minaj's former manager, Deb Antney.
Juaquin Malphurs was born in South Jamaica, Queens, New York, in 1986. His family eventually settled in Riverdale, Georgia, in the Atlanta area. He is the son of Debra Antney, Gucci Mane's former manager and CEO of So Icey Mizay Entertainment. The name "Waka" was given to him by his cousin, after the Muppets character Fozzie Bear's catch phrase, "Waka Waka". The name "Flocka Flame" was given to him by rapper Gucci Mane. Waka Flocka posed for a nude but unrevealing picture for the company PETA to boycott killing animals. The picture says "Ink not Mink". The picture design is similar to Waka Flocka Flame's album, Flockaveli. Waka Flocka Flame said that he has known Gucci Mane since he was 19
He is a Southern hip hop artist best known for his singles "O Let's Do It", "Hard in da Paint" and "No Hands", along with his debut album, Flockaveli. Waka Flocka Flame's second album, Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family, which was released during the spring of 2012, contains the single "Get Low" featuring Nicki Minaj, Tyga and Flo Rida. A music video was released for this song in summer 2012.
Waka has announced his next album to be called Flockaveli 2, which will be released in 2014.