It’s no secret that Waka Flocka Flame is one of Atlanta’s hottest MCs right now. It’s also no secret that, following a performance at the BET Hip-Hop Awards taping this past Saturday, Waka cursed Stephen Hill, the channel’s executive vice president of entertainment and music programming, during a heated Twitter exchange.
“I THA[N]K BET AS A WHOLE,” Waka Flocka wrote. “99% SHOULD I SAY… ITS JUST THAT 1% IS A DUCK ASS N—A.”
On Monday (October 4), Waka stopped by to talk about the incident with MTV News.
“I wasn’t even upset, honestly,” the rapper said about his early departure from the taping. “My label had some stuff set up for me to leave and do some stuff for my album. So I guess by me leaving, everybody was like, ‘Oh, he mad.’ But I just dipped. I ain’t know what was going on.”
The taping was reportedly smooth sailing, except for a small snafu with Waka Flocka Flame’s performance. The incident led to a war of words on Twitter between the rapper and Hill. Things initially heated up when Hill took to his Twitter account to voice his displeasure over Waka’s botched performance.
“The show was going so well… and then Waka Flak-ed,” he wrote. “Waka. Flacka. Flamed. Out.”
At the heart of Hill’s gripe was a change-up in the Atlanta rapper’s performance that wasn’t planned.
“How the f— you invite Waka Flocka and hate when I jump N the crowd to connect more wit fans and friends,” Waka tweeted. “#rappers R robots lol.”
“I KICK ASS I DON’T KISS ASS,” he continued.
Hill explained himself further later in an extended tweet. “We had a GREAT look for you. Flames on stage. Great lighting,” Hill wrote in an entry that exceeded Twitter’s 140-character limit. “My man Jesse (producer) was on it with your look. We’ll put the rehearsal on BET.com so folks can see what it was supposed to be. Then you decided to change the track without telling us… and jumping in the audience… without telling us… was disrespect.”
After the pair exchanged tweets, Hill eventually offered an olive branch to Waka via Twitter in an effort to calm their war of words. Waka had yet to respond to the BET executive’s request publicly, but RapFix hit Atlanta’s Club Miami, where the rapper performed late Saturday night and lashed out at Hill’s channel. “Fuck BET, n—a,” a shirtless Waka screamed into the microphone.
On Monday, however, Georgia’s own had a different response.
“Really, I ain’t get to dig into it yet, but I’m in New York now, so we can sit down,” he said about a possible meeting with Hill. “I know it’s cool, though. We’re not archenemies or anything. I’m not mad at nothing. I’ve got an album coming out, I’m happy. … I’m financially almost straight, so I made BET, I got nominated. That’s a blessing. Ain’t too many people that can say that.”
And is he ready to talk with Hill? “Of course. Why not?” Waka said. “That’s the man, the big dog. He paved the way for a lot of people to be seen, so it’s like, how could you slap an arm down like that? That would be, like, dumb.”