Waka Flocka Flame Talks Sophomore Album, Drake & DMX Collabs

“It felt like a rushed project,” Waka Flocka Flame said to Billboard about his recently pushed back album, Triple F Life. “I felt like I was trying to please the label and not the people that really listen to the music.” Now the rapper is shooting to drop the follow-up to 2010’s Flockavelli in the first quarter of next year.

The new, upcoming release–inspired by his friends, fans and family (hence Triple F)–will see Flocka working with some high profile artists. He’s really trying to put together a song with DMX, saying that the perpetually jailed rapper “needs to get back on the scene!” He also explained how the Drake-assisted remix of “Round Of Applause” came about: “I said, ‘Who do I need on the song to get some ladies into it?’ Let me call Drake! I met him through the engineer, we put that track together, and that was it.”

Whatever the future holds for Flocka, it’s sure to be interesting. He’s dropping a collaborative album, Lock Out, with French Montana on Dec. 9, and he’s announced a joint mixtape with Tyler, the Creator, too. These projects and a solo record on the way–no wonder he said “I’m gonna be the No. 1 artist” of 2012. We’ll see. [Billboard]