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Amanda Bynes is reportedly gearing up to launch her rap career and her mentor, Waka Flocka Flame, recently shared details on her rap name.
The former Nickelodeon star, 27, recently claimed that she had been inundated with record deal offers and it appears that Waka, whose real name is Juaquin Malphurs, is in the process of signing her to 1017 Brick Squad Records. The record label was originally founded by rapper Gucci Mane.
"It's going to be crazy hot," Waka previously told TMZ.com regarding Bynes' upcoming album called "Shots."
"We doing a song ... she said she wanna be a rapper, she wanna hit the club ... she's f----- with the King of the club," he said Thursday adding that Bynes' rap name is A.B.
Bynes, who made her mark in showbiz in the 1990s via Nickelodeon, previously expressed her excitement about entering the music industry. Her album will reportedly be hip-hop based.
"Look forward to seeing me in music videos!" Bynes previously tweeted. "I'm getting in shape and getting a nose job! I'm looking forward to a long and wonderful career as a singer/rapper!"
In recent months, the troubled actress has raised concerns for her mental well being due to her sexually explicit and offensive tweets; an arrest stemming from alleged drug use; her drastically altered appearance and bizarre rants. However, Waka, 27, recently defended Bynes.
"Not at all. 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," he said.
While the troubled star continues to draw public criticism over her outlandish behavior, Waka is said to be offering her support by encouraging her to keep "her head up from the haters."
Family and friends of Bynes, including her parents, Lynn and Rick, are reportedly urging her to seek help. They reportedly want the actress to move out of New York and back to her native of California amid growing concerns that she may be on a downward spiral.
"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to look at Amanda and surmise that she is having some sort of crisis. Her makeover is just one example of her troubling behavior. Her parents just wish the media would leave Amanda alone, because it's only making the situation worse. Amanda is lost and she refuses to get help," a source previously told RadarOnline.com.
"Her parents are powerless to do anything because she is 27 years of age and there is very little they can do, under the law," the source added.