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Waka Flocka says he was inspired by Tupac and claims that he plays down his intelligence.

Makaveli. Flackaveli. Just another new artist trying to capitalize off the success of a legend, right? Wrong, according to Southern rapper Wacka Flack Flame whose debut album Flackaveli is eerily similar to the title of the final studio album of the late Tupac Shakur.

In a recent interview with MTVNews, the polarizing rapper clarifies that he chose the album title because he studies the writings of the Italian philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli, not because he is trying to mirror the career of Pac.

In the one-on-one interview Wacka admits,

“Tupac introduced me to the [writing] of Machiavelli…That’s why I made that. I can’t just, ‘Oh, Tupac did that, so I’m gonna do that too.’ If people read, they would love that man. That man is a mind-game genius. I read the Machiavelli war-tactic books, his biography, everything. That man is just like sticks and stones, bad. You see Waka Flocka, what do you think? Negativity. You read Machiavelli? Negativity.”

The 1017 Brick Squad boy also says he is much smarter than he lets off, relaying,

“My brain, I’m so sharp, I can play stupid on the camera and they think I’m dumb. So really. You just playing yourself. I’m so ahead of y’all. That’s for the bloggers.”

As recently reported, Wacka clashed with BET executive Stephen Hill following this year’s taping of the BET Hip-Hop Awards.

The misunderstanding over Flacka’s performance  led to a war of words between the men on Twitter but the two sides have since reconciled.

Wacka’s debut album Flackaveli dropped yesterday (October 5) and features guest appearances from Pastor Troy, Wale, Roscoe Dash, Uncle Murda and French Montana production from Drumma Boy, Lex Luger and Lil Jon.