I’m going to be honest, we here at MN haven’t always had the nicest things to say about Waka Flocka. Over the short time it took for his career to pop, there have been plenty of side eye and or cringe worthy moments. But today, after stumbling upon a recent interview, I have a some newfound respect for the ratchet rapper.
As we reported earlier this summer, Waka is making things official with his long time girlfriend Tammy Rivera, the two are engaged and got matching name tattoos to commemorate their union.
When Waka sat down with Peter Bailey of “Nite Cap,” he spoke about what being in love feels like:
“If I could you tell what love feels like, I would be a liar. It’s new everyday you wake up, it’s a feeling. It’s like a holy ghost feeling.”
Whoop! After I heard him say that immediately my mind went to that old church song: “When I think about Jesus and what he’s done for me. When I think about Jesus and how he set me free, I just dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, dance all night!” The church crowd knows what I’m talking about.
But in all seriousness, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that explanation ain’t half bad. In fact, it’s probably one of the better ones I’ve heard. After all, love does often feel like a bubbling up or an overflowing of emotion. And if God is love, it only makes sense that we would experience love for God and love for our partners in similar ways. I’m not mad at Waka Flocka Flame for this.
He continued speaking about Tammy, explaining how he knew she was the girl he wanted to give the world to:
“In the beginning, you know how it goes. It was like everything else. ‘Oh, this girl.’ But she’s always been real from day one though, like 100. You know I messed up once, twice. Then the second time around, I’m going around like Every girl I’m meeting now just want my check. Like, they don’t even want to meet you. They don’t care two cents about what you got going on. Plus, I know her. That became my best friend. So I called her again like, ‘Yo, man. I want to go all the way.’ She’s like, ‘Yo, Waka. You still wanna be a boy.’ So I had to play the cat and the mouse game. Then it all worked out. I feel like I’d rather hand her the world then hand her my hand.”
He even talked about what it’s like dating a woman with a child and how he had his reservations initially.
“In the beginning, I was scared of it. I’m like ‘I can’t date no girl with no baby. I’m still having fun.’ Next thing you know, it’s my daughter, let’s go get your hair done. Let’s do this, let’s do that. Everything she do is cute. I could break my leg outside, when I come in the house, she make you feel like your leg ain’t never break. Charlie. She got a great father but she’s just a kid that has an extra push. I could be mad, she lighten you up all the way. It makes you become a man; I’m her hero. I can’t let her down. If I’m the man she looks up to in her life and I let her down, she’s gonna expect that from every other man from this day forward.”
In addition to gushing about his love for Tammy, Waka had some questionable moments talking about media’s influence on the ills in our community. He also touched on his beef with Gucci, what Dr. King would think about his music and what he asks God for when he prays.
Watch the entire interview on the next page. Interesting stuff.