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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: Ambition

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: 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

1. Triumph

2. Mama Told Me

3. Mirrors

4. Pretty Girls

5. World Tour

6. Let It Loose

7. 90210

8. Shades

10. Tv In The Radio

11. Contemplate

12. Diary

13. Beautiful Bliss

14. Prescription

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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: Chillin (Radio Single)

1. Chillin'

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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)

1. My P.Y.T

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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: 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 Album About Nothing

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)

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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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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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Hecks nah vote for Trump��
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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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Boos
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Love him so much
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I'm So In Awe With His Style And Music! ����✌
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Don't read this! You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Don't stop this is freaky! But if you read this and ignore it, you will have bad luck put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters across the screen. This is creepy because it actually works
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myisha_penni n g t o n
I love this song so much make more songs like this
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I love Wale
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I dig this song!!! Go Wale
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Love making love to my love
My husband Danny
When he eats me all up while I wear
This fragrance
It was love at first sight.
12 years strong
With our tribe
Portillo strength
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Your Dun
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Ij
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Love the song "my pyt"
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I love this song
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weak bio. didn't even speak of the success of Ambition who are these writers!?!
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My husband����
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My pyt is the jam like omg my favvv song
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I love the song (bad) it makes me think that I'm bad to my bf lol :-) ;-)
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I like one of your song my pyt
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I like a whole lot
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This song LIT
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wolfierivera
Why choose the name Wale?
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Dis my shittttt
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Wale lotus flower bomb is my favorite
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I love this one! ��
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