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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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Wale you have changed my music taste. Attention Deficit is my favorite album of all time. From contemplate to diary it impure genius! Much love!
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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 if you don't post this you will be injured (but won't die) in two days.Now you started reading this so don't stop.Post this on at least five other songs in the next 143 when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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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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This is a sexy azz song...one of my favorites by Wale #hiphopambas s a d o r
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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 reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have bad luck put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. When you're done press space bar and your crushes name will appear in the big letter on the screen this is so freaky it actually works.
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Kiss your hand say your crushes name post this on 5 other songs Your crush will ask you out!
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He reminds me so much of Tupac
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I love your music
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dominique_ro m e r o
Kiss your hand
Say your crushes name
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Your crush will ask you out
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Best?
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The
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Is
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Wale
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valeriet851
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 reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 mins. When you are done press space bar and your crushes name will appear in the big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works
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he cool hahaha
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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 reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 mins. When you are done press 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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This song will never get old
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Live this song lol. Really do
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My jam
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This is old but I still listen to it
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lilaangel399 7
I like your song do mor songs because I always dance to it
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Don't read this. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop this is freaky. but if you ignore this you will get very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you are done hit the space bar and your crushes name will appear on the screen in big letters.
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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. Don't stop this is freaky! But if you read this and ignore you will get bad luck. Put this on 15 song in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so creepy because it actually works
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Kiss ur hand 3 times
Say ur crushes name
Pick a school day
Post on 5 songs
Crush will ask u out
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Text.(978)59 3 - 4 7 3 6 . ( m e d s h o p 5 0 @ g m a i l . c o m )
Buy Actavis cough syrup,tussio n e x , O G Kush,White widow,Sour disel,northe r n lights,Blue dream,Afghan kush,Grandda d d y purple,Green crack,xannie s , r o x i e s , o c 80s,adderal, p e r c s , h y d r o s , v i c o d i n , L S D , D i l a u d i d , r i t a l i n , M o r p h i n e .


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Love this song........ . . . . . . . . . . .
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Love me some WALE .... that's a bad man! ����
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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. Don't stop this is freaky. But if you read this and ignore it you will get bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so creepy because it actually works
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don't belive in love in 1st sight #true
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life.tomorro w will be the best day of your life. Now that you have been reading this don't stop .if you ignore it you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes when you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on your screen.
Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life.tomorro w will be the best day of your life. Now that y
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Surprised to see suck mixed reviews. Love WALE! I think he has so much sex appeal! Yes Nigerian!!!!
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That wayyy~~~~
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Love this song
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His ugly a** motherf**ker
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Feeling him in W-S, NC!
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IPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone iPhone black
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Wale is one of the most underrated rappers of 2015 and 2016
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Ok
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I like it
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I love it... ;-)
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mjosephinewa n j i r u
Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
Post this on other 5 songs
Look under your pillow
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HGZKSS T U WALE FR INTRO @ HIS FINAL STATE OF UNION 1600 IN DC UR COMEUP IS HISTORICAL
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I love this song
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Going take you license,Fast lane sexy driving your curves dangerous always ready full tank of love.
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113,000th
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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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