Waka had a few things to say about the Maybach Music CEO recently.
In an interview with Complex, Waka claimed that Rozay had “watered down” the sound championed and invented by himself and Lex Luger.
With the release of his Triple F: Friends, Fans and Family album coming up tomorrow (June 13), Waka Flocka Flame spoke to Complex about his rise to rap stardom. The conversation quickly referenced Waka’s distinctive sonic sound and musical style, and the rapper that Waka thinks copied him.
Waka explained that he felt the sound that he and Luger created, and that can be evidenced on tracks like Hard In Da Paint and Groove Street Party, has been taken by Rozay and “watered down”. Waka even went so far as to claim that Jay-Z and Kanye West have adopted aspects of his style.
"That’s crazy [that Ross has co-opted Waka's sound], but what you gonna say? This nigga out here making 30 fucking sounds with your sound," he said. "He watering it down, just putting words together that sounded good. Shit would be harder if it was the truth...niggas built labels off our sound -- like, literally. You know how many niggas sound like Lex Luger and Southside? I go in niggas’ studios, all their beats sound like my producers. I be like, ‘What the fuck?’ [But] you can't be mad at something you can't control."
"What are y’all gonna say now? Jay-Z stupid as hell? My sound is wack?" he added. "You gonna say that? They love the sound. They can’t run away from it. That shit re-sparked niggas’ careers. My sound put life into a lot of people’s careers. I feel like my sound changed Hip-Hop. Period. It’s crazy when I came out with it everybody laughed at it, but the next year everybody’s doing it."
- By Fiona Guest