Loud! One of the loudest rappers to come out of Atlanta, Waka Flocka has released his latest LP Triple F Life. Flocka is known for his brash lyrics on hits like “Hard In the Paint“, “No Hands” and “O Let’s Do It.” His first album, Flockaveli does not feature lyrical genius but he knows how to make hits. Flocka’s work with producer Lex Luger has created a unique sound. Triple F Life has refined that sound to be more radio friendly.
Flocka’s “Hard in the Paint” sound is still banging on Triple F Life. Lex Luger is back producing the club anthem “Round of Applause.” B.o.B., Boi-1da, and Southside all provide a gritty southern sound. The problem with Waka’s sound is that his songs are either hit or miss. The beat needs to be on point and he needs to match that beat with energy. There are a lot of misses on the album due to the fact that most of the beats sound the same. The 808 drum is featured heavily on this record. “Clap” sounds like a Soulja Boy track. The little creativity in production make Triple F Life hard to live up to Flockaveli.
There is one thing that Waka Flocka is not, and that is a lyricist – as can be heard on “Let Them Guns Blam.” He knows it too. His energy is what makes hits. Ad-libs are scattered all over this album (BOW! BOW!). The amount of energy that Waka spits on a track rivals that of a heavy metal band. There is not one song on this album that would put you to sleep. On the song “Candy Paint & Gold Teeth” featuring Bun B and Ludacris gives you a feeling like you are taking a tour of the south, “I’m in Riverdale on 85, at Annlers’s eatin’ sum’ Soul Food/County attitude let me know if you down to/Party all night wit’ my people.” Waka’s features on Triple F Life give the album some lyrical credibility. B.o.B.’s hook and verse on “Fist Pump” make it one of the standouts on the album.
This is not a memorable album. Listening to this all the way through would probably make my ears bleed but there are hits on this album. “Round of Applause” is a nice change of pace. The songs that Flocka tries to make radio friendly actually work. “Fist Pump” and “I Don’t Really Care” are album standouts, but most of this album is forgettable. Waka Flocka has a great energy but it does not translate well on Triple F Life.