Seven months ago, Waka Flocka Flame put out a call for a personal, professional blunt roller, offering a healthy $50,000 a year salary to the right candidate. He's since received over 60,000 resumes—not to mention countless blunts, in all shapes and sizes—and during an office visit ahead of his 4/20 show in New York, he revealed that he's begun narrowing down his search for The One. So we asked: what qualities does one need to excel as a professional blunt roller? Here's what he had to say on the subject.
Get the ratio right:
First and foremost, you have to know how much weed to use. Waka prefers a generous weed-to-tobacco ratio. "A lot of people don't know, if you don't put a lot of weed in a blunt, you don't taste shit," he says. Some numbers to keep in mind: according to his calculations, with "28 grams, you can probably get like seven good blunts."
Know what the boss likes:
Waka's taste in weed skews sweet. His favorite varietal is a West Coast strain called Bubble Gum Cookies, and it taste's exactly like it sounds: like bubble gum and girl scout cookies. "It's so fucking serious. If I had that everyday? Work would never be conducted," he says. Though an especially ambitious roller would be able to track down his all time fave, Purp or Barney, on some extra credit tip. And when it comes blunts, Waka likes them to be fit for a Flintstone. "It's a little cone swag, like a cone without the cone. Like a little baseball bat," he said, describing his ideal roll. "I call them caveman blunts."
Beyond mastery of flavor and form, an ace blunt roller is consistent. This is rare quality according to Waka, who calculates that "Ninety five percent of people can't do that, instead you get little blunts, fat blunts." However, he has met one man up to the challenge: "When Gucci Mane first started coming up, he used to have a blunt roller called Lips and Fingers, and he could roll perfect blunts all the time, every time. I can't wait to find my Lips and Fingers."
Waka is a spontaneous guy, so be ready to mix it up should the occasion call for something other than the above. "You got to know when I don't want Backwoods and raw papers—I rotate it," he says.
Have quick, nimble fingers:
You have to be quick if you want to go pro. "Speed is everything," he encourages.
Always be already rolling:
Preparedness is vital—you should always already be rolling. Long-term, this means having your rolodex in order and a connect on call in every city listed on the tour itinerary. "You shouldn't even have to track it down," he emphasizes. "You should have it there waiting." Meanwhile, on the daily it's about having the weed ready to go whenever—and Waka's particularly adamant about this point. "My boys gotta smoke too, so you need to make sure my boys got weed to smoke. You gotta keep 'em rolled at all times. If I have to ask, you're fired."
Know when to joke, but also when to shut up and roll:
Waka wasn't ready to detail his official plans for bringing his blunt roller on the road with him, but it is certain that he will be keeping him or her within reach whenever possible. That means that he or she will be part of the squad, and they better fit in seamlessly. What that means in the case of Waka is this: "You have to be—what's the guy with the ponytail that never loses in the movies?—Steven Seagal. You have to be serious as Steven Seagal, funny as Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, and you're good."