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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." The Gifted, released in 2013, was introduced by the single "Bad," which featured special guest Rihanna on its remix. Its ambition was rewarded with a number one debut on the Billboard 200. Influenced by the TV sitcom Seinfeld, The Album About Nothing landed in 2015 and featured guests Usher and Jeremih, along with Jerry Seinfeld as the album's narrator; it, too, topped the charts. ~ Cyril Cordor
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Album About Nothing (Explicit)

1. The Intro About Nothing

2. The Helium Balloon

3. The White Shoes

4. The Pessimist (Feat. J. Cole)

5. The Middle Finger

6. The One Time In Houston

7. The Girls On Drugs

8. The God Smile

9. The Need To Know (Feat. SZA)

10. The Success

11. The Glass Egg

12. The Bloom (AG3)

13. The Matrimony (Feat. Usher)

14. The Body (Feat. Jeremih)

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Track List: The Gifted

1. The Curse Of The Gifted

2. LoveHate Thing

3. Sunshine

4. Heaven's Afternoon

5. Golden Salvation (Jesus Piece)

6. Vanity

7. Gullible

8. Bricks

9. Clappers

10. Bad (Remix)

11. Tired Of Dreaming

12. Rotation

13. Simple Man

14. 88

15. Black Heroes/Outro About Nothing

16. Bad

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Track List: Ambition (Explicit)

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Track List: Attention Deficit (Explicit)

1. Triumph

2. Mama Told Me

3. Mirrors

4. Pretty Girls

5. World Tour

6. Let It Loose

7. 90210

8. Shades

9. Chillin

10. Tv In The Radio

11. Contemplate

12. Diary

13. Beautiful Bliss

14. Prescription

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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)

1. Nike Boots

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Track List: Poor Decisions (Single)

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

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Track List: Spoiled (Single) (Explicit)

1. Spoiled

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Track List: The Body (Feat. Jeremih) (Single)

1. The Body (Feat. Jeremih)

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Track List: The Girls On Drugs (Remixes) (Single)

1. The Girls On Drugs (TJR Remix)

2. The Girls On Drugs (Kodak To Graph Remix)

3. The Girls On Drugs (Bad Royale Remix)

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Track List: The Matrimony (Single) (Explicit)

1. The Matrimony (Feat. Usher)

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Slight work is a poor excuse for music
Senseless noise
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I luv this song so very much and it reminds me of how tha ladies out here did me very bad and all
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Say IPhone 5 times
Pick a color
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Look under yo pillow
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I LOVE ALL UR SONGS AND I LOVE U
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Kiss your hand
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Close your hand
Say a week day
Say your name
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Your crush will ask you out on that day
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Nice
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Why ross gotta interrupt Wale tht bottom bass lk wooh wht son pls kp tht sensual groove w ur music I'm a GlamMom w Wale on am/pm
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I remember one person thinking I was like this.. Not unless u make me that way. But hey it's all pointless anyways!
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chain so big can't pop my collar
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Love this song. F**k the haters
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All this destiny stuff is stupid just get out of your desperation bubble and actually do something worth something for real this is like 3 grade s**t
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Don't like
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Props to Wale for opening up for The President's state of the union. Rap has come a long way!!!
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured (but you won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done, press space and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works Leave a comment...na h
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. If you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 other videos in 143 minutes. When you're done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so freaky it actually works.
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You will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured ( but you won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done, press space and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letter. This is so scary because it actually worksLeave a comment...
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Have you?
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You will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured ( but you won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done, press space and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letter. This is so scary because it actually worksLeave a comment....
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Another hit by Wale, Bad, love the chorus. Keep flowing Wale!
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Love you Wale
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WALE~is speaking to the ladies love him~~~(young dude in 20s at parking lot near job where i park) I was listening to WALE one morning last week, he said who is that, I say you don't know WALE? what? I said he got the song with Usher......h e said ohhhh ohhhh him!! Really, c'mon man! lol
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Kiss your hand 10 times say your crushes name and look at your hand
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Kiss your hand 10 times say your chorus he's name and look at your hand
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Kiss your left hand say your crushes name close your hand say a day
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Say iPhone 5 times pick a cooler and look under your pillow
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Say iPhone 5 times pick a couler look under your pillow
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Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Say a day

Post this on 15 other songs
Your crush will ask you out
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Don't read this because it's actually true you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. If you don't post this you will be injured (but not killed) in two days. Now that you started reading don't stop. Post on at least five songs in the next 143 Minutes. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will come up in big letters. This is so scary it actually works.
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MDM23❤️
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I kp em on need t know to don't ask Fear what you don't know y'all heard him
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured (but you won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs I'm the next 143 minutes. When you're done press f6 and you lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
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His skin tone just Lovely
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A lotus flower is from Greek mythology
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I love this song
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I love the song bad
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Love wale hes WONDERFUL���
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Boring a** n**ga. Zzzz
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I Love Wale��������
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I love this song
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Keep doing you Wale Fan for life♡♡♡♡♡
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Remain present in your gift don't disappear on me
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your Life.tomorro w will be the best day of your life. However of you don't post you eek will die in 2 days so don't stop. This is do scary put this on a least 5 songs in 143 minutes . When fiber press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is scary because it actually works!
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