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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. 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. ~ Cyril Cordor, Rovi
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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)

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Track List: The Matrimony (Single) (Explicit)

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Mood. a. ����
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tplaya01
The Lyrics for the song bad are alllll f**ked up lol
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i have the CD
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love song and Wale::)
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Interesting. . .
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True song! I love it☺
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This song has such a chill vibe . First heard this song in DC. salute ����
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I love this song
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Love this song
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This song is crazy true bless who ever this is fo
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This song sooooo sweet
#matrimony by Wale
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This is gonna be my wedding song, for the future lol. ^o^
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Loving this song.....suc h a smooth groove. WALE always got something for the ladies. Love it!!
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Mood. A. ����
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Love the Seinfeld bit at the end of Matrimony; gave me chills. Xo
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Mood. A. ?
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I jkokik
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They played this song at my aunt wedding
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I love the song ooh killem my fav song
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cool beans
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great song. i love this album. best album yet
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I love this song
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Love your songs
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Moo. A. ����
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Love Wale the art of poetry he has brought to Hip Hop. My FAVORITE rap artist - WALE....Love his rap style/swag!!
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I like that song you and usher made together my aunt almost cried at the part usher sang but my favorite part was everything I play that song every day I go to the pool with my family
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�� this song. This is his best album yet.
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Loving dis trk...one of da best collaboratio n s of 2015♡♥♡
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Lovin' The need to know
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jthomas.buil d
Wale is such a poet when he raps
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His lyrics though he's a poetic frfr
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My jam!!!
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Kood. A. ?
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Baby you got a body like a Benz,
Im jist Tryna drive it once again ;*
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I like how he doesn't insult women with his music... he compliments them���� thanks wale ✌
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maria0411.mm
Great wedding song
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laydeebug363 1
Love this song !!!
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No religion I was getting saved by the glock 9........... . . . . .
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Rep md, dc my homie. He aint forgot his hood. Met him in 2005, a real mofo
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jayadjaharri s
Kiss your hand 10 Times the comment this on two songs then look on your hand
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love this song
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Damn...he's so underrated.. . . � shout out 2 him!!!!
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Doesn't belong to anyone but you☺������
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If you're reading this wale you are one of the black male artist who inspires me to make my music pure and clean #loveyou #Zuri_Jaye
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I Love this song!!!! My Fav.......wi t h his sexy self!!!
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Best artist in my book! ��������
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Best hit
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I love this song
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I love his flow and I am not a big fan of rap, but he had me at hello!
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