Southern rapper Waka Flocka Flame's Flockaveli debut album is reportedly en route to sell up to 40,000 records in its first-week.
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Waka's debut faces stiff competition from other new releases by singers Bruno Mars and Faith Evans.
Multi-talented performer/producer/writer Bruno Mars' New Elektra debut, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, looks set for a debut between 45-50k. Asylum/WB Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame's Flockaveli will debut with a total around 35-40k. E1 Music's Faith Evans, widow of the late Notorious B.I.G., returns with her sixth album, Something About Faith, her first since 2005's A Faithful Christmas, looking at a likely 23-27k opening sales week. Pimp C, the late member of rap duo UGK with partner Bun B, is represented by the posthumous Rap-a-Lot release, The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones, with sales estimates of 18-20k. (Hits Daily Double)
Recently, Waka shared with SOHH his reasons why fans should go out and purchase his debut.
"My number one reason why you should go out and buy the album is because y'all know I did it for y'all. Like, y'all know that I just gotta go crazy for all of y'all and I'm keep the party going, I'm keep up everybody's spirit. I'm taking everybody's spirits to the top. That's the reason why y'all should go out and get the album." (5 Reasons Why...)
Flocka also said his album is packed with songs from hitmaker Lex Luger.
"Lex Luger did about 12 to 13 of the beats so you already know that the whole album is jumping. From front to the back. "Turned Up" is on the album, "Southside" is on it too. The production is there. Lex is my Dr. Dre, literally. Like, that's why we're the new Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. Real talk. He knows everything about me, that's my boy. That's like my little brother and my business partner. That's my dawg. If I need something or he needs something, he's gonna ask me. We party together, we laugh together, we do everything. He can come to my house and spend a whole month just hanging out." (5 Reasons Why...)
Last August, Waka detailed how much inspiration the late 2Pac had on his life.
"I was definitely inspired by Pac a while lot growing up, so people are definitely going to get to know me on a personal level," Flocka said in an interview. "It's really just my introduction to the world. I can't tell my story whole story until I got people's ears." (VIBE)