COMPLEX - Waka Flocka Flame has received an accolade that few rappers have obtained.
On Saturday, Flocka received an honorary doctorate degree in philanthropy and humanitarianism from the Bible Institute of American Theological Seminary. Flocka's wife, Tammy Rivera, and daughter, Charlie, were on hand to watch him receive the honor along with other close friends and family members.
"I got Honorary Doctorate in Philanthropy and Humanitarianism," Flocka said in an Instagram post announcing the honor. "my work just beginning!!!"
Several fellow entertainers like Mike WiLL Made-It, Jacquees, and more flooded Waka's comment section to applaud the rapper. But Lil Yachty took things a step further by posting a congratulatory video to his Instagram in Waka's honor.
"I think that's some shit we need to celebrate in the hip-hop community," Yachty said before stating that he's considering returning to school to further his education.
"It's not a normal thing but it's an amazing thing," Yachty continued. "I always wanted to go back to school to get my degree. ... That was very inspiring to me as a Black man. So, big congratulations to Waka Flocka for getting his doctorate."
The haters will be quick to point out this is just an "honorary doctorate" but nothing but respect for Waka Flocka on this. Using this a stepping stone for even more greatness is the point, as he said "this is just the beginning."
Except it's not, Waka has been hard at work this year making the world a better place. In 2013 he lost his younger brother Coades, when he committed suicide. Since then he's been outspoken on mental health awareness. But this year he made it a point to bring it to the forefront when he declared he was dedicating his life to advocating for suicide prevention.
Waka is a great guy. Incredibly smart and super nice. So this isn't much of a surprise but it is something that should be highlighted and admired.
Let's have a week.