Do you need a better metaphor for why 2013 is a parody of itself? Yeah, here you go: Waka Flocka Flame is apparently helping Amanda Bynes out with her desperately needed rap album, which would be a cherry on top of the performance sundae she’s crafted over the last several months with her multiple arrests, public emotional swings, and unhinged Twitter feed. According to Waka, all of that doesn’t mean he’s out of her mind. “Not at all,” he told TMZ. “She has it all together to me. She is cool as hell and ready for the rap world. I think she is going to kill the game.”
It’s nice of Waka to stand up for Bynes, whose existence is a blurry, smutty photograph of all the things that piece together celebrity in 2013, but imagining what she’ll sound like rapping in any context that isn’t an old sketch from The Amanda Show is highly difficult. I’m thinking of something like Farrah Abraham’s electronic album, which was a step beyond terrible vanity project into something more bizarre and off-kilter—fascinating to experience and think about as a sign of the times, if not for the music itself. I mean, you already know that whatever music Amanda Bynes makes with Waka Flocka Flame isn’t going to be evaluated by the typical metrics with which we look at art—it’ll be squelched into the story she’s already told, which is perhaps the motivation: the further dictation of her own career on her own terms, not by any uncharitable media readings. On the other hand, what the fuck? Stay tuned, I guess.