Platinum selling rapper and hip-hop artist Waka Flocka Flame has endured two shoot outs, one gunshot wound, yet somehow found the time to get naked in the “Ink Not Mink” campaign for PETA.
Now, in an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com, he talked about his music, the gun battle that erupted outside his tour bus in Charlotte, North Carolina, and stripping down for a good cause.
“When I first heard the shooting I thought ‘Oh no, I can’t get shot again,” Waka exclusively told RadarOnline.com.
“I was in the bus, so I didn’t now what the hell happened, it was like Pow Pow!
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, at least six shots were fired in a February 16 gun battle involving the rapper and his entourage.
The musician was at a local store having a stereo system installed in his tour bus, prior to shots ringing out.
Waka explained to RadarOnline.com his first reaction at the terrifying moment: “I don’t want to go out this week, I ain’t finished. You know you start flashing, it happened so quick then it’s over,” he said. “I was like sh*t, wrong place wrong time!”
Not deterred, less than a week later, the rapper was shaking the airwaves with his debut album, Flockaveli.
He was also on a plane to California to expose all for his favorite cause.
“I feel like if I voice my opinion, I have a lot of followers and fans, and maybe they’ll look into it, maybe they’ll change their outlook or angle on how they treat animals,” Waka told RadarOnline.com, about stripping for PETA.
“If I have to go nude to do it, then I’ll do it,” he added.
“I came from a family that loved animals. My mother has cats and dogs and a game room full of sharks, iguana’s dogfish, hamsters.”
The first hip hop artist ever featured in a PETA add is now alongside pop stars like Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey andPink.
Waka, who was born Juaquin Malphurs, is heavily inked, sporting only his famous bling for the billboards.
His jewels are the same necklaces targeted in January 2010 in Atlanta where he was shot in the arm.
Then again, just last month, the bejeweled musician was targeted in yet another shootout surrounding the necklaces (valued at 1.2 million dollars), in Charlotte, North Carolina.
He said, “Getting shot was like a feeling nobody in the world would feel..terrible.”
“After the fact I wasn’t scared, I was happy I was free. I was safe and unharmed.”
He added that he didn’t believe there was anybody “out there trying to get me”.
“There are a lot of people that love me, nice music, I don’t worry about that,” he said.
Waka goes on tour next month and heads to Europe for the International PETA Campaign for “Ink Not Mink”.
RumorFix has confirmed that rapper Waka Flocka Flame was caught in a storm of gunfire in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Waka’s publicist, Kali Bowyer, tells RumorFix that Waka was getting a stereo installed in his tour bus when four shots were fired. Waka was not injured.
“Security followed approriate protocol and returned fire,” says Bowyer, who revealed that the rapper travels with more than a dozen security guards. The gunman was shot by the guards.
“Waka is fine and so is his team, they had nothing to do with the situation. This was an isolated incident and the tour bus just happened to be caught in the middle of it.”
RumorFix has confirmed that Waka has been detained for questioning, but Bowyer says he is in good spirits and has this message for his fans:
“If the world is so concerned about me, tell them to buy my CD.Flockaveli. It’s in stores now.”
What’s with these rappers and their chains being stolen?
Remember when those six gunmen opened fired on Waka Flocka Flame’s tour bus in hopes of stealing his chains worth an estimated $1 million? The botched robbery landed the suspects behind bars, but now a new guy with tattoos all over his face it telling MediaTakeOut that he stole the rapper’s famous “Waka” necklace and has the picture to prove it.
We’ve seen the necklace up close and it looks really similar, but the necklace that Tattoo Face has looks too gold and the bowtie looks too emerald green to our untrained eye.
Turns out that we were right. RumorFix spoke to Waka’s publicist, Kali Bowyer, who said, “Hell no, that’s not Waka’s necklace. I hope he didn’t waste too much money on that bad fake.”