With the immeasurable momentum and commercialization dance music has experienced in the last few years, it only seems fitting that eventually genres would begin to collide, and freshly creative sounds would surely emerge from the woodwork. Hip-hop and dance music have begun a steamy love affair, and their trap music love child, has had an absolutely amazing year as a result. Brilliant material has come as producers are constantly finding new ways to collaborate together. Danny Brown reps A-Trak’s Brooklyn based Fool’s Gold team, Chance the Rapper has been rumored to have collaborated with the Dog Blood boys, and Waka Flocka Flame is currently on tour with Steve Aoki, caking women in the face all over the country, Brick Squad style. Hip-hop and EDM are getting along just fine, and in fact, it seems as though 2014 will bring some promising and edgy new genre-bridging projects.
Back in June, we got word of some pretty interesting things to come, and it seems now we might be getting a little bit closer to hearing what Waka Flocka Flame has been keeping under the hood during a busy 2013. In a recent interview with Do Androids Dance, the man who calls himself the “Rap King of EDM”, disclosed some juicy details regarding his upcoming EDM album, and it sounds like the forthcoming, genre-bending studio release should raise some eyebrows…and possibly the roof too. In the interview, Waka Flocka told Do Androids Dance that the name of the release will be called Psychotics, giving a name to a project that has been kept pretty low key until now. Waka explains Psychotics will be the electronic follow-up to his third studio album, Flockavelli 2, and is slated to be released shortly after the highly anticipated rap album drops early next year. Inspiration for the cross-breed album’s name is artfully articulated by the southern rapper, explaining, “Oh you know, c’mon man, psychotic people, psychotic drugs…” Thankfully though, Waka also enthusiastically added that he is in fact, “about that life.” Righteous.
Waka didn’t stop there and continued to share engaging details about this project that should turn out some heavy 808-mayhem, and some sounds that will really go hard in the mother f@&%*ng paint. Flocka confirmed that producers on the album include an all-star lineup of some of dance music’s most premier names as he said hes been dealing with Flosstradamus, Steve Aoki, Borgore, Mad Decent’s own mad scientist Diplo, and OWSLA label-head Skrillex as well. He didn’t disclose any of the album’s special guests, although with producers like these creating the music, we can only be sure those guests lending a hand to Waka on the rest of the album will be just as impressive and noteworthy.
When asked if EDM was the new direction for Waka Flocka Flame, the southern rap chieftain emphatically explained that he does not want to be bound by any specific genre or style. “I’m just doin’ me,” explains the cake-crazed rapper, culturally fascinated by dance music. Waka explains that the energy and hype around dance music is something he wants to remain a part of. But aside from just doing himself, and being on tour with Steve Aoki, check out what else Waka Flocka is up to in the rest of the interview over at Do Androids Dance. Prepare yourselves for Waka’s Psychotics early next year, squad. It is sure to be packed full to the brim with lots of good stuff to get down to in 2014.