Reviews: Waka Flocka Flame - Lebron Flocka James 3

Published in the Nov. 17-24 issue of NOW Magazine

Waka Flocka Flame - Lebron Flocka James 3 (Bricksquad Monopoly) Rating: NNN

Waka Flocka Flame is one of rap’s most charismatic, prolific weirdos.

This year he’s released multiple mixtapes, announced yet another collaboration project with rapper French Montana and completed a studio sophomore, Triple F Life, both due by the year’s end. Waka’s success is due in some part to his staunch unselfconsciousness, an aberration in the age of tenderhearted lifestyle rappers.

Lebron Flocka James 3 is the slapdash, basketball-themed sequel to this burgeoning oeuvre. It travels familiar territory: singsong hooks (and some actual singing), skittering, lurid production courtesy of Lex Luger and Southside and unrelenting assault raps by Waka and his Bricksquad proteges. Higher-profile guests include Drake, playing up a drawl and clipped flow on Round Of Applause, and Jadakiss and Styles P on the Lightz On Remix.

Waka fans know he’s capable of more than just unhinged barking (catch him gruff and subdued on the recent Mobb Deep tribute Hell On Earth), but his appeal is such that we also don’t care if that’s all he chooses to do.

Top track: Round Of Applause, featuring Drake