Waka Flocka Flame
Born: May 31, 1986
Place of Birth: Atlanta, GA
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Career and Life
Juaquin James Malphurs better known as Waka Flocka Flame, is an American rapper. Malphurs was born in South Jamaica, Queens. Waka Flocka is of African American, Native American, European (including Italian) and Dominican descent. His family eventually settled in Riverdale, Georgia. His mother, Debra Antney, is rapper Gucci Mane's former manager and the CEO of So Icey/Mizay Entertainment. The name "Waka" was given to him by his cousin, after the Muppets character Fozzie Bear's catchphrase, "Waka Waka". The name "Flocka Flame" was given to him by Gucci Mane, whom he has known since he was 19.
Signing to 1017 Brick Squad and Warner Bros. Records in 2009, he became a mainstream artist with the release of his singles "O Let's Do It", "Hard in da Paint", and "No Hands", with the latter peaking at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100. His debut studio album Flockaveli was released in 2010. His second studio album Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family was released in 2012 and was preceded by the lead single "Round of Applause".
In December 2013, Waka Flocka's younger brother and fellow rapper KayO Redd committed suicide at his home in Henry County, Georgia.
On May 25, 2014, Waka Flocka married Tammy Rivera.
Waka Flocka is a passionate supporter of Atlanta United FC, regularly attending games in Atlanta, traveling to away games, and serving as a team ambassador.