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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)

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

Comments

lotus flower bomb is so beautiful
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed by your lover on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you are reading this don't stop. Post this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. Then press F6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters. This is so scary it actually works.
Wale........ . b a d hook!
meg-jalen_20 1 3
Dis my song
My shyt
My gurl played dis s**t 1 time & I been heard da joint but once I listened 2 da wordz it made so much sense when I related da lyriks 2 her feelingz & our krazy love life. Love u Sambo
Deep.

Most under the Rated of all time
Fear what ya don't know!#wale
real song, real artist
I got so happy when this song came on. :-)
mnomakia
I get relaxed hearing this!
Yea he talking about my soul
THIS MY ISH
A country heart won't u nderstand ,,,,,America n flag .ntf amen....
Aye
taylor.gang1 9 9 7
For my ambition
Kiss your hand
Say Your crushes name
Close your hand
Say a week day
Say your name
Post this on 15 other songs
Your crush will ask you out on that day
Kik// _chever_
Kik// og_killaa_
Dis song bring back memories ����
Feelin' like you neeeed to be my lady , my baby
xD
I LOVE THIS SONG AND IM 10
Nice mix I still remember r.kelly you remind of my jeep woulda been cool if he was on the track
"The Body"... That song is the BEST!! Love it!
Beautiful Bliss!
kevin.l.will i a m s 6
Love Bad. Makes you think!
Man This Is Like My Favorite Song... Especially The Beginning And Chorus... Follow Meee ������
I like this song
I love this song!!!!<3
Wale is in a class by himself!!!
kyle_tracey8
Prezidential Candidates songs on youtube ypu wont regret it
�� repeat
This is the sh!!#t.
Kik-t_nick24
Follow THE GOD OF WAR for a follow back
Want ta hear da hottest new album dis year? Ya gotta check Hip Hop star Terrance Hunt! His current single, “Mary J” (feat. RakanNn) has babes and high end slow motion and reverse effects. Check Terrance Hunt’s single, “Mary J,” and hit dat “like”. Show ‘em some love on Youtube: http://bit.l y / M a r y J f e a t R a k a n N n
Follow Me .!
lala100606
I love you
Follow for follow ✨✨✨✨
And when I leave.I never call her..
#BadAllDay !
luvn this remix! #Rihanna #5bluntsinro t a t i o n 4realll thO
5 blunts in rotation
Wale bad for infinity!
I wonder what substitute teachers did when they got to "olubowale victor akintimehin" on roll... Andrew abba... Oh f**k I'm not even gonna try this one
Love and War.....such a beautiful soul
Flat cups we call "A-cups" lmao
Too clever!!
Never
I love the song that the girl you boy sing I love it so much ☺☺❤❤��
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