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Waka Flocka Flame wows the hipsters

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The most surprising thing about Waka Flocka Flame's swift ascension to hip-hop stardom wasn't the sales numbers. Rather, it was the embrace he received from indie tastemakers like Pitchfork that shocked. Boasting the meanest Lex Luger beats in history, Waka's nihilistic pleasure-zone rap was the toast of blogtown in 2010, proving once again that there are few things white kids dig more than black people rapping about guns and money.

— Gabe Vodicka

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