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Waka Flocka Addresses Rift With Gucci Mane, Says He Released "A Book Of Lies"

The estrangement between Waka Flocka and his former mentor, Gucci Mane, doesn’t seem to be closing anytime soon.

The estrangement between Waka Flocka and his former mentor, Gucci Mane, doesn’t seem to be closing anytime soon. On Thursday (Dec. 28), Flockaveli took to Twitter and conducted a fan orchestrated Q&A centered around his “beef” with Wop.

Flocka started the forum by tweeting his readiness to answer fans’ questions about Guwop and himself, claiming this will be his last time commenting on their relationship and using hashtags to insist there will be “no shade” or “hating.”

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And while there were several revelations throughout the session – like why Waka did not visit Gucci in jail or that he has yet to receive reimbursement from his 2010 smash, “No Hands” – a highlight came when Flocka ended the rumors by disclosing the catalyst of their animosity.

“Honestly, he sold the name Brick Squad to the label,” Waka tweeted, responding to inquiries on the beef’s origin. “He just dropped a book full of lies no cap. The fans happy for gucc but Atlanta and the day 1’z know it’s bigCap.”

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This is a bold claim, but since Flocka was one of those “day 1’z” he referenced – with him living with Wop for three years, considering him his “brother” – these accusations hold a certain amount of weight. Gucci’s “cap” is something Flocka has repeated throughout their lengthy dispute, even going as far as to allude to Gucci being scared of “the real kings” of East Atlanta, which he reinforced yesterday when he tweeted “N***a nobody run Atlanta.”

Given their history and Guwop’s recent mainstream success, Waka saying Gucci lacks East Atlanta clout is a claim fans could easily chalk up as jealousy. However, with Waka insisting that there is “no smoke” paired with up-and-coming rapper, Young Nudy, taking a shot at Gucci’s validity, one can assume that there is some truth behind Flocka’s comments.

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Despite this situation, Waka used his final back-and-forth to express positivity toward Gucci’s improved health and happiness while stating “nothing” will happen when they see each other. Although fans will probably never get the Wop/Waka collab that they deserve, for these former brothers to take this route in distancing themselves is a silver lining in this clouded drama.

Read the tweets below.

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To celebrate the brand's "spirit of reinvention," Sprite worked with veteran streetwear designer Jeff Staple and a team of young tastemakers and artists to develop the limited-edition “Sprite Ginger Collection,” inspired by reinvention and by the facets of culture permeating hip hop, fashion, music, and art. At a private event earlier this month at New York City's Extra Butter, Sprite debuted the brand's first limited-edition creative capsule by Staple and 9 other creatives, which consists of hoodies, jackets, jewelry, tees and more.

During a panel discussion moderated by Hearst style director, Tiffany Reid, Staple alongside creatives BLUBOY, Barbara Rego and Elan Watson chatted about drop culture, how young artists can make their mark in the industry, and the importance of reinvention.

"Having a [fashion] brand for 20+ years almost requires you, necessitates you to reinvent yourself because there's no way you can do the same thing for, forget 20 years, even 3 years before you're literally dead," shared Staple. "To me, the opposite of reinvention is death because you're not moving forward. You're just completely stagnant.

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Dapper Dan, Amara La Negra, Mack Wilds, and Sway Calloway were among the celebrities and influencers who made an appearance at the event. Harlem's own Dave East performed a couple of his records while DJ Va$htie provided sounds throughout the night while spinning on the ones and twos.

Over the next few weeks, Sprite and Staple will continue the search for up-and-coming designers and host a series of "re-workshops" Extra Butter. Scroll down to see more pictures from the event. For more info on where you get a bottle of Sprite Ginger, head over the Sprite.com. As for where you can cop an item from the collection, follow @Sprite on Twitter and Instagram for surprise giveaways. You can also visit head over to StaplePigeon.com for more Sprite swag!

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