Waka Flocka Flame Thinks Producers and DJs Should “Stay in Their Lane”

In 2017, it seems as though anyone can be anything—just look at the imbecile occupying the Oval Office. Musically, with social media, iPhones, and SoundCloud, there are zero limitations on the realm of possibilities. Waka Flocka Flame, of all people, seems to feel otherwise.

In a recent self-recorded video, Waka suggested that DJs and producers should “stay in their lane,” as in, behind the scenes rather than on the forefront releasing full-length albums or projects.

“You’re not a rapper,” the Queens native turned Atlanta trap rapper said. “You’re not an artist. Stick to your profession, man.”

If the sentiment sounds funny coming from Waka Flocka Flame, it’s because it absolutely is. Hilarious, even. Waka himself hopped regions and adopted a Southern musical aesthetic, before making the ultimate changeup and trying on EDM, a world primarily driven by DJs and producers of the same ilk that he’s now snubbing.

People travel from all over the world to see their favorite EDM DJs perform at some of the biggest festivals and clubs. Take a look at a Steve Aoki: At his shows, he’s the main event and makes sure you know it.

Of course, if everyone followed Waka’s logic, Kanye West’s The College Dropout would not exist and Pharrell Williams would’ve never made the whole world “Happy.” DJ Khaled is only the most internet-friendly curator of great collaborations, but guys like DJ Clue and DJ Drama have been doing the same for decades. Even Calvin Harris has recently caught a wave with his vibey pairings, and younger names like Metro Boomin have proceeded to release their own projects as well.

You don’t really need to pull a ton of receipts to prove why Waka’s opinion is flawed. Check out MASS APPEAL’s Rhythm Roulette series for a look at just how incredibly talented—and worthy of the spotlight—the folks on the other side of the Pro Tools are.

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