We Knew Waka Flocka’s Mom Was Gangsta… Now We Know Why

- By Bossip Staff

The most intriguing person Gucci Mane has introduced to the world through his career is his auntie/manager, Waka Flocka‘s momager Debra Antney.

Earlier this year, she made news for fearlessly cussing out various media outlets when they reported that both Gucci and Nicki Minaj had dismissed her from her managerial duties. Like, on some real street sh*t. Her super thick Queens, NY accents shocked and saddened all the people that thought Waka’s wack azz was a product of the South.

In a new interview with Vibe.com, Debra Antney reveals the trauma in her life that lead her – and her son – to the public eye.

My dad wasn’t that perfect man. He was an addict. At the age of 9 years old, I OD’d. There was no Bureau of Child Welfare to come to protect me. Me, playing with a mountain of heroin, thinking it was baby powder, it absorbed in my body. Those are stories that people don’t tell. Those are stories back then where there weren’t people there to save us. I remember sitting in the car with my father telling me to look out while he robbed a place that my moms was working. And I had to be the lookout. I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. My father just told me to watch out, make sure the people ain’t come cause they had did something wrong and I had to look out. I remember going on 150th street strapped with deuces—you know, $2 bags of dope—around my body. I didn’t ask for this. There’s a lot of things I didn’t ask for but it was hand-delivered to me.

On realizing Waka blamed himself for his little brother’s fatal car accident:

My son was killed in 2000 and Waka was like 13 years old, going on 14. And it was hard. Since my son died,that’s when [Waka] flipped. He hated everything dealing with school because my son, his death was a sneak out the house to go help a kid with his homework before his father came home so the kid wouldn’t get a beating. Waka told him to go, he’ll cover for him. So [when he was biking home and killed by a car] Waka blamed hisself. He feels very responsible for my son’s death—that’s what flipped him out.

It wasn’t until recently [that I realized.] One night he just bust into my room and he was crying so hard and I jumped out the bed and I automatically started crying. I thought it was Gucci, ‘cause at that time Gucci was running so wild. I immediately started crying, like “Oh my God, what the hell happened?”—that time of the night somebody coming in the room. He just dropped to his knees and [was] like, “Ma, please forgive me.” I’m like, “What do you mean forgive you? What did you do?” I’m crying and I’m like “Where is Gucci?” Just yelling ‘cause I used to make him go to watch Gooch, like, ”Make sure Gucci’s okay,” ‘cause Gucci was going so wild. I’m still thinking something happened to Gucci and he’s not telling me ‘cause, like, where is he? Them two, you never seen one without [the other]—they were so inseparable it was pathetic. And then that’s when he told me: “I’m the one that told him he could go. I covered for him.” So all this time this kid walked around holding this stuff inside of him.

On her business split with Gucci:

In order for him to have grown up, he had to do things on his own. Every time he do something I’m right to the rescue to clean up, to do whatever. And he’s not gonna learn anything by doing that. We talked and he’s like, “Auntie I wanna create a label and I wanna be able to do this, to see if I can do this, and you just back me on it.” At first I was like “Oh, hell no.” It was so hard to just release and let him go, knowing the kind of person he is. But he’s like, “If I do this would you do that for me?” And he did, he went to rehab and he did what he had to do and I had to keep my word. It wasn’t what the people made it out to be. People took it somewhere that it wasn’t. I think all of us played roles in allowing the people to come in and crush the whole movement, because it had gotten so ugly. But it was to stay to back so he could do whatever he had to do; we had to keep playing the game.

We were feeling Auntie Deb too… until she started talking about how bright Waka was – “Bright as hell. Honors.” – and how he’s still an avid reader to this day.

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  • Bunny(formerly Angel/UrHeiness)

    Wacka looks just like his mother!
    Love his locs,eyes & lips..mmmmm

  • MissPerfect

    well he is a truly a image of his mother . . .

    • MissPerfect

      and that wasnt a compliment! ..LOL

    • Rica

      lol I like that

  • nana

    Thank u @bunny! People here talkin bout waka stinks no nish u stink of hatred! I love his lips and i like his mum even more(no homo)

  • nana

    Lmaooo @miss perfect and @Uhhh yeah ok

  • Greeneyedbandit

    D*m i got a lil sad reading that bout his brother,Waka needs therapy.

  • anyways!!!

    he doesn’t make sense most of the time and i see why. his (waka flaka’s)mom doesn’t make real sensne either.

  • http://www.worldwidewaddie.com Waddie G.

    I looooove Debra’s gangsta. She shoots from the hip and will tell it like it is. I respect her.

  • Mrs. Rance

    She’s full of it. Her son was sneaking out to help some dude with homework? GTFOH. Even if that is the story What the floka gave her it’s BS and she should have known that. The guilt might be eating him up but that ain’t the reason. Good luck to her shedding her ghetto mentality. Maybe then she can be taken seriously as a manager.

  • I'm Just Me...Keeping It Real Since: 1983

    This article was more than I needed today. People really needed to speak better when speaking in public. This is awful!


      Dead @ ” This article was more than I needed today”. ——–LMAO———–
      And don’t anybody revive me either! *still in stitches*

    • So judgemental

      The entire point of the article was to illustrate her success despite growing up in less than humane circumstances and facing so much adversity. Are you really expecting the king’s english from her? I for one am proud of her for making something of herself and helping her son to do the same. Her life could have totally gone left but she was too strong for that. People are always looking to find fault. How about coming from a place of undderstanding sometimes instead of always being so critical?

  • SexyBlack81

    Sad story about the death of his brother. The homework part?????? Uhhhhh; not believable. But I respect their hustle in the GAME.

  • joyrptr

    LMAO @sneak out the house to go help a kid with his homework.

  • M3@9@N

    i knew somethin was different bout him. i can see in his eyes. sad.

  • Brandi

    Was his Mom rambling, or was the article written poorly?

  • Boy Wonder

    I love Deb. I respect her hustle and the fact that she’s a woman grinding. I just wish her son would show case a little more of his intelligence. But he’s not in jail so hey…

  • MusicEnthusiast

    People are products of their environment…and shouldn’t be judged for that. What matters is what you do when you come out. Give her time, she seems to be on the right path. She seems to have a sad story to tell; talking about it helps.

  • You Smell Me??

    Damn, so you cant be smart and in the hood? Maybe her other son didnt want any part of the hood life.

    Maybe her son was just trying to look out for a friend because he knew what it was like to get an a$$ whoopin’ if that homework wasnt done.

    I mean damn the kid was 10 when he died. Thats still an age where everything is brand new to you. When you haven’t had your dreams of being a doctor crushed by society yet…

  • Zaaquir

    People are too critical of others and not critical enough of themselves in this world. That’s why we have so many problems. No one wants to take a serious look within themselves to see what is wrong with them. Instead, they would rather crush and criticize others’ hopes and dreams to make them feel better about their own misgivings and ignorants.

    Good luck and many blessings to Debra and her son. I didn’t need to hear it from her to know that the death of her youngest son effected Waka terribly. Instead of criticizing him, we need to embrace him. He could be doing something worse. Instead, he chose a path that has finally help him to start expressing himself. I hope it works. Counseling is needed also.

  • NeoSoulstress

    Because you know Waka and his persona now, does not mean you know how he was at 13. You see that she said his brothers death changed him for the worse. I have two cousins (twins) who were basically had to be two of the most well mannered boys on the planet, the both did extracurricular activities, and were straight A students. Basically nerds lol. But, some things in their family life started going left, and so did they. Now if you look at them, you’d never know they were those boys. Both are lazy, never work, baby mamas and babies scattered around Atlanta, in and out of their mama’s house, smoke weed all day and drink like camels. People need to realize folks change, for better or for worse. I believe his mom, and think his issues stem from incident which just caused a snowball of ish in his life. Folks need to be quiet sometimes and try to understand another person. You never know how you’ll react to tragedy.

  • http://twitter.com/feline_finesse K-mia

    Waka is actually very charming and full of jokes, he’s a nice guy…not the brightest, but nice, you can tell he was raised well.

  • Betty

    Waka looks retarded.

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