Though rapper Waka Flocka Flame has publicly stated he hopes to come out with his own line of marijuana-laced snacks, his munchies options after eating his hypothetical weed treats or blazing traditionally are fairly limited, as the Flockaveli artist is vegan.
Flocka recently appeared with RnB singer Mya and entrepreneur Russell Simmons to discuss why they’re all vegan in a video for PETA.
The Atlanta rapper’s reason is simple, relatable, and pretty funny: “I was fat as f**k.”
The Atlanta rapper said he’d topped 300 pounds by the time he resolved to do something about his weight.
“I tried it in like 2014. I ain’t gonna lie, I only lasted like three days,” he told Simmons and Mya. Eventually, he’d get back on the vegan horse (which is presumably made of tofu).
“I was fat. I had stretch marks, I’m dead serious. Like I woke up one morning, I’d gained like 45 pounds,” he said. “You know how it is when you’re in the hood, you think caviar, steaks, shrimp, you know you eat that shit fast—Benihana’s. Man I blew up like a blimp. Quick, like stretch marks, I was up to size 44 jeans. … Like big, like motherfuckers like ‘Yo you play in the NFL?’ … When you become a man you start realizing mistakes you made as a boy. Like me eating steaks and shit, I was fucking 300 pounds. I just got tired of it. Like literally I got tired of it.”
Conversely, Simmons went vegan because of “the hundred billion animals” being killed for the food industry, and because of diseases associated with certain foods.
Mya said she entered veganism as a challenge to herself, then stuck with the diet once she learned more about it.
“I was awakened to things that my parents didn’t know. I was raised on dairy, I was raised on pork, chitlins, food, steak, chicken, everything,” she offered. “Once I opened my eyes and was seeking knowledge, that’s when I received all the information, which led me to stick to it. So now it’s a lifetime commitment because now I can’t turn back.”
Flocka said last year that he had his own line of edible granola bars in the works—of course, they’re vegan too.