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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 (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 Girls Club (Single)

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Track List: Bag Of Money (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: 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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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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Follow me (; I love this song
"Lotus Flower Bomb"
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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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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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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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Only when someone shows u their truth can u appreciate them truly
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I'm really feeling this song...
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Flower bomb
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Follow for follow
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yvettemartin e z 6 9 5
So im constantly stalking just to know ..constantly playing games because I want to know and figure out what she's up too.... Not knowing that im stupid
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I don't know nothing about there moves I just have to know so I can help protect a blob! I just have to know
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Flower bomb
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It. Good
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Can ya
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ambition is the best song ever
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i lost alota friends & they aint even dead; when i was on my way up why u aint sre tha stairs ? ��
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Let it ride my n**ga. #WaleNation
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Wale my favorite song is the body
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Now that you have been reading this don't stop. If you ignore it you will have bad luck. Post fhis.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.
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I got it all u cool i like it n U no this n your vidoes too MsChay Wale keep it up
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U can never really get to know an artist but u can vibe with them in a spiritual sense....
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I adore u WALE EBM...
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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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