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Wale

The self-proclaimed "Ambassador of Rap for the Capital," Wale (pronounced "wah-lay") was able to transcend his local sensation status and become a national rap contender using go-go-inspired hip-hop as the vehicle for his clever wordplay and music. Olubowale Victor Akintimehin was born in Washington, D.C. in 1984 to Nigerian immigrants who first arrived in America five years prior. Although the family moved to Maryland when the future rapper was ten years old, Wale was mostly raised in suburban D.C. He attended both Robert Morris College and Virginia State University on football scholarships, eventually transferring a third time to Bowie State. The music bug had already bitten him hard, though, and soon he quit college altogether to turn to a recording career.

Wale got his first airplay circa 2003-2004 with "Rhyme of the Century," thanks to the help of a local radio DJ who believed in his potential. This landed him in the Unsigned Hype column in Source magazine the following year. In 2006, Wale signed with the local start-up imprint Studio 43, owned by a former VP of Roc-A-Fella Records, and enjoyed a string of hits in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area that year. Many of those records sampled from '80s go-go -- a more raw, percussion-driven offshoot of disco originating in D.C. -- like the popular "Dig Dug," a tribute to Ronald "Dig Dug" Dixon of go-go band the Northeast Groovers. Smart use of the Internet and MySpace was also a big factor in his success, as it helped British über-producer and DJ Mark Ronson (known for his work with Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera, and Rhymefest) catch wind of the go-go MC in 2007.

Wale struck a production deal with Ronson's own imprint, Allido, and released the 100 Miles and Running mixtape that summer. Despite not being signed to a major label, he was met with a good deal of positive press, ranging from XXL magazine to The New York Times. After a bidding war that included offers from Epic, Atlantic, and Def Jam, Interscope finally grabbed Wale for its roster in early 2008. The full-length Attention Deficit followed the next year. In 2011, the Ambition album landed, along with its single, "Chain Music." His ambitious 2013 effort The Gifted was introduced by the single "Bad," which featured special guest Rihanna on its remix. ~ Cyril Cordor, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Bad Girls Club (Single)

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Track List: Bag Of Money (Single)

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Track List: Nike Boots (Radio Single)

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Track List: Poor Decisions (Single)

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Track List: Scion A/V Remix Project: 45 King (Part 1)

Comments

Kood. A.
Lovehate thing is my favorite song by wale keep it up wale!!!!!!!!
Kelliegirlll sucks
#nosebleed
This album was great .
Inspiration soundz that bring thoughtz 2 my mind
Hi
I like this song
Lol is it bad that I made live
She look like a bag of money I need to see her Mississipp
That's my mama ringtone I luv it
One of the best mc's out there
I love the way he raps keep it trill wale ��������
Wake gina kiss you Bebe sexy gina
I love you Too baby girl gina
black and white AMERICA, the difference between drems and VISIONS. Religious mission.:)
Gina I love you Bebe kiss you by ok
Miss you and baby girl gina
9784524359 call me gina sex
bad girls club.
I am bad to the bone
Gina I love. You Bebe baby girl gina
Kiss you miss you
jungvwf759
I'm making around $70+ daily by just doing easy tasks from home. You can do the same thing just visit ATOCE.COM (tHANK mE).
Tawfiq
Is he Muslim
he sucks
Follow 4 follow
say iPhone 5 times say a color then post this on 5 other walls and then look under your pillow
Love this song
Lemme tell you that them heels really compliment your frame
Always admired insightful lyrics. Keep it up!
Wale is the best
Sexy Nigerian. Mmm hmmm mmmm
Love Hate Thing....lov e it!!! Whale....kee p doing you!
This mah jam
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AmbItion is a really chill song
The Gifted best album by wale!!!!
My song thoee♥♡
Kood. A.
This is the only song I like by Wale dis is my song
Fukx wit him
Quasberry stfu
Best wale song besides heavens afternoon
Are you jamican because you sound like one but if you're not one don't talk like one are I asked my friends and they say you are not Jamaican no please don't sign like that anymore
mdporter03
follow me on Instagram @PORTER016
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People wanna go to heaven but people don't want to die..
pretty girls!
Almost cried
umadornah_
I like dis
please let me die!!!
i cant wait to die!!!!!!
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