Earl Sweatshirt Biography (Thebe Kgositsile)

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Earl Sweatshirt (formerly “Sly Tendencies“)was born under the name Thebe Kgositsile on February 24, 1994. He is currently a rapper and member of the hip hop music group known as OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All). The group OFWGKTA is from South Los Angeles, California and came together and began recording music in Syd the Kyd and Taco’s house also called by members as “The Trap.” Although Earl Sweatshirt is three years younger than Tyler the Creator, he has been touted by many as being the best rapper in the OFWGKTA group.

Earl Sweatshirt and his consciously obscene lyrical choices

Earl is known for creating music with aggressive, derogatory, and obscene lyrical content like many of the other individuals in the group OFWGKTA. Many people are able to recognize that he has a lot of talent despite the fact that he has channeled his energy towards offensive lyrical choices. There isn’t really much of any indication that he has decided to make music to be a role model or positive influence.

Just because he has dark lyrical content and may have what would be characterized as a “negative message” to the masses, it doesn’t take away from his talent. If you can appreciate music as the art that it is, and think about what would influence someone to make a song like “Luper” or “epaR” – then you can appreciate what Earl has contributed to the world of hip hop. Click here to read more.. »

July 9th 2011 Artists, Biography, Music

Waka Flocka Flame Biography

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Waka Flocka Flame was born on May 31, 1986 as Juaquin Bertholimule Malphurs in South Jamaica, Queens, NY. He is currently associated with the labels 1017 Brick Squad, Warner Bros, and Mizay Entertainment.  Additionally, he has a movement within 1017 Brick Squad called Brick Squad Mafia or BSM. Although Waka Flocka was born in New York City, New York, but moved at a young age to Riverdale, Georgia on Grove Street in Clayco county.

Originally, he was hustling in Atlanta for a long time until he got a big break through the artist Gucci Mane. When he first started, he didn’t have much experience rapping and Gucci Mane encouraged him to keep going with his music career. At the time, Debra Antney (Waka Flocka’s mom) was managing Gucci Mane, which is how the two artists met.

How did Waka Flocka Flame get his nickname?

It has been said that he got the name “Waka” from his cousin because he reminded him of Fozzie Bear on the show the muppets who always used “Waka Waka” as his catchphrase. Gucci Mane was the first to start calling him Flocka, so originally his nickname was just Waka Flocka. However, after Gucci Mane heard his rhymes and thought that they were hot, he started calling him “Flocka Flame.” So that’s basically the synopsis of how the stage name originated.

Waka Flocka’s mixtapes helped build buzz

In 2008 was when Waka Flocka Flame first started hitting the scene really hard with his aggressive new school southern crunk sound. He teamed up with DJ Teknikz for the release of the mixtape known as “Lebron Flocka James” and the response from the streets was crazy. It included songs such as: “O Let’s Do It,” “Head First,” “Flexxin,” and “Off Da Chain.” His grind would not stop with just one mixtape though. He went on to release a sequel to Lebron Flocka James called “Lebron Flocka James 2” as well as countless more tapes. Click here to read more.. »

July 3rd 2011 Artists, Biography, Music