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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.

The following year, Wale returned with "My PYT," the first single on his fifth LP, Shine. ~ 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)

1. Don't Hold Your Applause

2. Double M Genius

3. Miami Nights

4. Legendary

6. Chain Music

13. No Days Off

14. DC Or Nothing

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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 (Remix) (Single)

1. Bad (Remix)

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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: Focused (Single)

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Track List: Lotus Flower Bomb (Single)

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Track List: LoveHate Thing (Single)

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Track List: My P.Y.T (Single) (Explicit)

1. My P.Y.T

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Track List: Nike Boots (Radio Single)

1. Nike Boots

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Track List: One Reason (Flex) (Single) (Explicit)

1. One Reason (Flex) [Feat. Eric Bellinger]

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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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Lol I know exactly what episode of Seinfeld this is from
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you've started this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read and ignore you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 minuets. When done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works.
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Kiss your hand 10 times post this on 5 different songs and your crush will kiss ask you out. If not he will become your BFF
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Follow me ‼️‼️‼️
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you've started this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works
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I love this mother f**king song
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Damn people in the comments is literally AIDS
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I luv every song by Wale and guest artist.I luv everything Wale stand for .I under stand his music concept.Im from Florida i wish i can see him perform in Tampa.Your biggest Fan.Tee
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I love this so so so much
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YEAH BABY!! MY JAM!! I WANNA LOVVVE YOUUUU!! I wanna be someone's P.Y.T ;P Love the beat!! \(^○^)/
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life tomorrow will be the best day of your life now if you start reading this don't stop this is so freaky but if you read this and ignore it when you have you will have bad luck put this on Five songs in 143 minutes when your done press space bar and crushes name will appear in big letters on screen so freaky it actually works
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Close your hand keep it close with two wishes and blow hard post this on to songs you open your hand and look
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I love your song my p.y.t
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Love , love this song! Waleeeee my n**ga
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Love Hate Thing....lov e this song. Much love Wale!
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��Love Wale��
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Yup totally digg this N**ga.... he's the s**t
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dkgrn4
Kiss your left hand say your crush name posted this on two songs and you will be ask on a date
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yvonneartisf
I like this song ����!!!
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ashton9187
Fuuuckkkkk Hillary
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1 kiss your hand 2 say your crushes name 3 close your hand 4 say a school date 5 say your name 6 open your hand and look at it 7 post this on 15 other songs and it will happen
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Is that I have to do it all day today I am a little more than the other hand the whole world to her in
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roopret
Whooooo
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Reminds me of Michael Jackson's P.Y.T
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I like this song
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Classicccccc c c c c c c c
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VOTE FOR HILLARY!!!!! ! ! ! !
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I like this song
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This song is lit :P she my PYT (pretty young thang)
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She a couple years younger but she badder then a motha tho .......she my PYT (pretty young thang)
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Follow for a follow ;) <3
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This is the best song from wale
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He told me i was his p.y.t this ma s**t fr ayeeee i thought that dude was tyga lolz still in love wit this jam....
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First thing first rest in peace uncle Phil
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Love this song
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This my favorite song right now !!!!!!
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My P.YT. Good song!!!
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I LOVE the song my P.Y.T
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Loving my universe
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Don't read this?You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.Now you've started reading this so don't stop.This is so freaky.But if you ignore this and stop reading you will get very bad luck.Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes when your done Press the space bar and your crush name will appear in big letters on the screen.It's so freaky it's scary.
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100% ADORE THS TRACK WHY THIS ARTIST HAS GIFTED MUSICIAN S PLAYING INSTRUMENTS THE VOICES IT WORKS PLUS THS SENSUAL DANCE FLOW WALE U OWN W WORDS PLS BRO DO NOT EVER STRAY!!!
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My pyt best song ever I could listen to it all day
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I love pyt best song ever
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Best song ever!!!
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Pyt
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Love this ❤️
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