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Why Did Waka Flocka Flame Just Get an Award From Donald Trump?

The rapper thanked the former president...who wasn't really involved in the award.

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Over the weekend, Atlanta-based hip-hop artist Waka Flocka Flame received a lifetime achievement award for his charitable work from former President Donald J. Trump.

But while it's true that the Flockaveli rapper has done a lot to earn praise for his charitable efforts, the suggestion that Donald Trump was personally involved in granting him the award is misleading.

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11 Songs that Aren't "Bad and Boujee" ft. Lil Uzi Vert by Migos

"That's the best song ever." - Golden Globe Award Winner Donald Glover

When Donald Glover gave Migos a shoutout in his Golden Globe acceptance speech, he was spot on: Billboard #1 hit "Bad and Boujee" is, like, the best song ever. We here at Popdust have been listening to the Lil Uzi Vert featured single non-stop since 2016, so we figured we should come up with a list of different things to listen to than Offset spazzing "rain drop… drop top…"

11.Dat $tick by Rich Chigga

Yes, the, at-the-time, 16 year old Indonesian rapper's song is nearly a year old, but this song still goes hard, and if you've grown tired of the original, you can listen to the remix with Ghostface Killah and Pouya.

10.T-Shirt by Migos

Migos have songs that aren't "Bad and Boujee", including hits like Fight Night and Versace. Their newest single comes with a solid music video featuring fur and trap beats. Chance the Rapper took a pretty strong liking to this video.

9.Black Beatles ft. Gucci Mane by Rae Sremmurd

Chances are this is the other song you've been playing with "Bad and Boujee" anyway. If so, good for you, this song is still a certified banger (despite getting knocked out of #1). It even seems like the song itself outlived the meme, which is a considerable feat.

8.It G Ma Remix ft. A$AP Ferg, Father, Dumbfoundead and Waka Flocka Flame by Keith Ape

Who cares if Korean rapper Keith Ape bit OG Maco's sound? He makes a hard song with plenty of Bape, and Fergie, Father, Waka, and Dumbfoundead all drop a fat verse on this remix.

7.Closer ft. Halsey by The Chainsmokers

This song is definitely still stuck in our heads, and definitely not the original inspiration for this article.

6.Minnesota ft. Quavo, Skippa da Flippa by Lil Yachty

This song is really stupid, and mostly we're reminded of the Sprite commercial with LeBron James. That being said, we can't get enough of the minimalist beat, and Quavo's obsession with his Motorola.

5.Bad and Boujee ft. Lil Uzi Vert by Migos

Oh, fuck.

4.X ft. Future by 21 Savage & Metro Boomin

Some of here at Popdust are consistently disappointed by Savage, but a list like this kinda requires both a 21 Savage song and a Future track, so we can kill two birds with one stone here. The way 21 and Future trade bars is pretty cool too... "hold up"

3.I Want You (She's So Heavy) by The Beatles

Complex has 10 reasons why Migos are better than The Beatles (see below), and that's all I need. Some people seem to think that The Beatles are one of the GOATs, so I figure we should toss them a bone. That being said, while this song doesn't have dope visuals to accompany it (music video), it is definitely a 60s banger and deserves infinite listening.

2.Broccoli ft. Lil Yachty by Big Baby D.R.A.M.

Doing Real Ass Music with Lil Yachty sounds and looks like a blast. If I took my recorder lessons seriously in the fourth grade, maybe I'd be there and not here. Alas, I'm here and I'm writing lists.

1.Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2 ft. Desiigner by Kanye West

What is a banger list that doesn't include Kanye West. "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2" is basically just a better version of Desiigner's Panda anyway, and you can kinda just play it anywhere, and you know people will be ready to get turnt.

What do you think? Do you know songs that aren't "Bad and Boujee" ft. Lil Uzi Vert by Migos? Let us know in the comments below!

In 2000, the Ying Yang Twins released "Whistle While You Twurk," and the word didn't end up in the dictionary.

In 2002, the duo bragged, "she like to twerk and that's for certain," and the word didn't end up in the dictionary.

In 2006, Timbaland assured listeners, "You see what you're twerking with," and the word didn't end up in the dictionary.

In 2011, Waka Flocka Flame told the nation to "shake it like the twerk team," and the word didn't end up in the dictionary.

In 2012, French Montana asked us, "What you twerking with?" and the word didn't end up in the dictionary.

In 2013, Miley Cyrus danced at the VMAs, and two days later the word is now in the dictionary. Only the Oxford Dictionary Online and not the OED, but still, the example is illustrative.

[Quartz]

Man, we knew Japan was a few hours ahead of us, but we didn't know they were that far ahead—for the second time in months, our friends across the Pacific have been the source of a leaked track listing for a long-delayed rap album. This time it's A$AP Rocky's major-label debut, LongLiveA$AP, that had its tracklist leaked, from the website for Sony Music Japan. Check it out below!

1. Long Live A$AP

2. Goldie

3. PMW (All I Really Need) (Feat. Schoolboy Q)

4. LVL

5. Hell (Feat. Santigold)

6. Pain (Feat. OverDoz)

7. F**kin’ Problems (Feat. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)

8. Wild For The Night

9. 1 Train (Feat. Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson & Big K.R.I.T.)

10. Fashion Killa

11. Phoenix

12. Suddenly

13. Pretty Flacco (Remix) (Feat. Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame & Pharrell)

14. Ghetto Symphony (Feat. Gunplay & A$AP Ferg)

15. Ticket

16. Like I’m Apart (Feat. Florence Welch)

17. Purple Swag (Remix)

Need help sorting it out? We've made some charts!

That's a lot of guests, only a few short of Cruel Summer! How are they distributed?

And what kind of artists are they?

LongLiveA$Ap drops January 15. Still more than a month away, but that's not a "Problem":

[Vulture]

If you're still undecided about who you'll be voting for this November, Waka Flocka Flame has a suggestion. Of course, he's already looking ahead to the next election—was Wednesday's debate that disappointing?—when he plans to launch his campaign for presidency. Among the active Twitter dialogue taking place during Wednesday's verbal boxing match between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, Waka flooded the space with commentary on the two candidates, as well as his own bid for 2016.

 

 

He's already got an impressive campaign playlist to his name: "Round of Applause" is the inauguration anthem, "Grove St. Party" would be remixed to "Pennsylvania Avenue Party" upon the move to D.C., "No Hands" supports the funding technology initiatives—you get the idea. Just don't let your constituents listen to "I Don't Really Care," Waka.

 

At only 26-years-old, he won't meet the age requirement (35) to make the ballot in four years—but who knows! Silly details of our democratic process might not make it past the Mayan's end of days. We like his spirit and enthusiasm. So much so, we kicked off his official campaign ourselves:

 

Don't stress about paying us for the beautiful poster, Waka. We'll invoice your campaign manager later. Despite his demonstrated ambition, Waka hasn't entirely forgotten about what he's going to do on next month's special Tuesday:

 

 

It's early October, which means the sounds of musicians campaigning for their preferred candidate has only just begun. Now back to searching for a potential VP who fully adheres to Waka's ideological beliefs...

Watching Waka Flocka Flame's new video for "Get Low," you may be forgiven for forgetting that we're in the year 2012. First there's the title, which it shares with one of the top tracks of 2003. Then there's the blacked-out laser set, a throwback to Usher's "Yeah." (The lasers have gone red in their old age.) Then there's the autotuned hook, a hallmark of 2008.

But there's still enough new here to like, from the stutter editing to the best-pals chemistry between Flocka and Nicki Minaj. (The faces they're making up top could have come from any 9th grade sleepover.) Look at the way everyone breaks character at the end—they're having fun!