Hard in da Paint

"Hard in da Paint" is the second single from American rapper Waka Flocka Flame's debut studio album, Flockaveli.[2]

"Hard in da Paint"
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Single by Waka Flocka Flame
from the album Flockaveli
ReleasedMay 13, 2010
FormatDigital download
Label1017 Brick Squad, Warner Bros., Asylum
Songwriter(s)Juaquin Malphurs, Lexus Arnel Lewis
Producer(s)Lex Luger
Waka Flocka Flame singles chronology
"Hard in da Paint"
"No Hands"


Waka Flocka's "Hard in da Paint", like his previous hit "O Let's Do It", was originally a mixtape track.[3] It first appeared on his fourth mixtape titled LeBron Flocka James, released on October 17, 2009.[4] An early remix featuring French Montana was released on April 19, 2010,[5] and appeared in the latter's ninth mixtape titled Mac & Cheese 2, released on May 6. The track was produced by up-and-coming producer Lex Luger,[6] and went on to become an underground hit before being released as a commercial single on May 13.

Music videoEdit

The music video was released on July 19, 2010. During the music video the production was shut down by gang activity and police presence due to the Black P. Stones Bloods gang injunction.[3] The music video was directed by Benny Boom.[3] It was shot on Palmwood Drive in Baldwin Village, Los Angeles, often referred to as "the Jungles", a neighborhood made infamous courtesy of the Denzel Washington movie Training Day.[3]


In August 2014, Pitchfork listed the track at number 41 on their "The 200 Best Tracks of the Decade So Far (2010-2014)."[7]


An official remix featuring French Montana was released on April 19,[5] while a second remix featuring Gucci Mane was released on June 22.[8][6]

R&B singer Ciara released her own remix of the song on June 2, 2010. Rappers 2 Chainz, Young Jeezy and Pusha T released a version of the song titled "Hard in the Kitchen" on February 11, 2011.[9] Several rappers released freestyles over the production, including Rick Ross, Vado, Lil Flip, Haystak, Young Jeezy, Tyga, Lil Chuckee, Curren$y, Jay Rock, Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, Meek Mill and Slim Thug.

German hip hop group Zugezogen Maskulin released a version titled "Undercut, Tumblrblog". British rapper Giggs also made his own version.

There is also a remix performed by drummer Travis Barker. Canadian jazz/instrumental hip hop band, BadBadNotGood did an arrangement of the song.[10]

Metalcore band Of Mice & Men included samples of the track in the Warped Tour remix of their single "OG Loko".


A popular video parody of "Hard in da Paint" was posted on YouTube, with Barack Obama (played by comedian James Davis) as the subject of the song.[11] The "Baracka Flacka Flames: Head of the State" video has gained over 13 million views as of 2016.[12]

A remix by The Hood Internet which contains Waka Flocka's lyrics over a Flock of Seagulls, called "Waka Flocka Seagulls" has also been made.[13]

"Hard in da Paint" was referred to in an episode of The Eric Andre Show, with co-host Hannibal Buress asking Lauren Conrad if she had ever listened to Waka Flocka Flame. He proceeds to rap the song's intro, with various words not associated with profanity being censored as well as the intended profanity.


Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2010) Peak
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[14] 10
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[15] 28

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2010) Position
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[16] 94


  1. ^ "Waka Flocka Flame Goes Boom". Spin. May 1, 2012. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  2. ^ "iTunes Store". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d Rodriguez, Jayson (19 July 2010). "Waka Flocka Flame 'Hard In Da Paint' Video Premieres". MTV.com. Retrieved 30 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Waka Flocka Flame - LeBron Flocka James". livemixtapes.com. October 19, 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "French Montana feat. Waka Flocka – Hard In The Paint". NahRight.com. April 19, 2010. Archived from the original on May 13, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Waka Flocka Flame Got Crunk And Earned A 'Hottest Breakthrough MCs Of 2010' Nod". MTV.comuydjyt. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2010.
  7. ^ "The 200 Best Tracks of the Decade So Far (2010-2014)". Pitchfork. August 17, 2014. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "Waka Flocka - Hard In The Paint (Remix) Feat. Gucci Mane". HotNewHipHop. June 22, 2010. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  9. ^ "Tity Boi f. Young Jeezy & Pusha T - Hard In the Kitchen Rmx". HipHopDX. February 11, 2011. Archived from the original on July 23, 2013. Retrieved February 20, 2011.
  10. ^ http://badbadnotgood.bandcamp.com/album/bbngsingle
  11. ^ "'Head of the State': Baracka Flacka Flames's Obama Parody - The New York Times". The New York Times. October 25, 2010. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  12. ^ "Baracka Flacka Flames - Head of The State". YouTube. November 21, 2010. Archived from the original on December 10, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  13. ^ "Waka Flocka Seagulls". Youtube.com. November 5, 2010. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  14. ^ "Waka Flocka Flame Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  15. ^ "Waka Flocka Flame Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  16. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Year-End 2010". Billboard. Retrieved May 6, 2020.