Waka Flocka Flame’s misguided presidential campaign

April 22, 2015 7:43 AM

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Waka Flocka Flame’s misguided presidential campaign

Five years ago, a 23-year-old hip-hop artist with long hair and a chest full of tattoos, found himself at the center of a national controversy. Atlanta MC Waka Flocka Flame, the man born Juaquin James Malphurs known for his gritty track “Hard in the Paint,” found the song spoofed in a controversial parody video featuring a President Obama impressionist spouting the N-word.

“That they used it to be so sarcastic, it was almost a form of disrespect,” he said at the time. Flame’s mother had more choice words about the parody: “That’s not a positive image for us, period, as African-Americans, where we came from, where we’re going today.” The rapper shared the video on soci...

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