Waka Flocka Flame’s new single, “I Don’t Really Care,” featuring Trey Songz (produced by upstart Skyy Stylez and R&B vet Troy Taylor) — from Flocka’s forthcoming second album, Triple F Life: Friends, Fans and Family, due in mid-April — is a brick-hard, singalong banger with sinister, rippling synths that blurs the line between tough-mug heartthrob and sex-symbol street rapper. After Songz opens the proceedings with his lithe croon, Waka bursts through the curtain like an IMAX superhero, barking that he’s got “bad bitches” yelling his name and “Versace on my ass.” Songz deftly counters that he’s “swaggin on the sofa,” before Waka returns, boasting a more composed demeanor, mean-muggin’ haters and noting that he’s got “ten thousand worth of ones on the way.” A case study in doing it big while not sweating it.
Last night, when Songz performed before nearly 5,000 people at Atlanta’s historic Fox Theater, Mr. Steal Your Girl’s adopted hometown welcomed him with a cavalcade of R&B/hip-hop stars — Kelly Rowland, Keri Hilson, Wale, Fabolous, and, of course, T.I., a.k.a., the Kaaang. But the show was also a knighting of sorts, as Songz’ youngest guest — Flocka, just back from a sojourn to Paris where he hung with Kanye West — received the spotlight treatment, appearing to perform “I Don’t Really Care” and clearly take his place as next up in the short line for Atlanta’s rap throne.
Check out SPIN’s online premiere of “I Don’t Really Care” here: