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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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Who's the guy speaking in the intro and again at the end of the song..sounds like Jerry Seinfeld.?
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Talks the truth��
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THE BEST!!! ~ WALE
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Here me!!!! $$$
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I wanna be a bad girl
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Mood. A. ?
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Wake the realist love ❤ his music ��✔����kepp coming with hits����
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tonya_invest o r
Mee tooo
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This song is the reason why I'm afraid to love all the way
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Bad..love this song! Wale keep doing you!!!
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I can listen to this all everyday its some thing bout this song that i really like i don't know yet but im gone find out tho.
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Follow me for a follow and a shout out
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best song
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Loving uuuuuu...
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Follow 4 a follow
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I love this song
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O Israel black people Hebrew when are we going back to Jerusalem Zion
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That's what my boo,tell me every day!!! I Love You for that :-) :-) :-)
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I love I wale u the best rapper u are my boo for life LOVE YOU
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kpwrnbsn
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured(but you won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're 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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#tbt to the first dance I had with my bad:) I miss you!
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This song is superb. I love it. It defines what love and togetherness is. Well done Wale
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I ❤️ me some Wale! I still love this song!
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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. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this to at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes the worst day of your life will be tomorrow. When your done press f6 in the comment section, your lover's name will come in big letters. This is scary because it actually works
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lgtv227
It's nice to hear a hip hop song that's isn't degrading women and full of love and meaning. CONGRATS WALE !
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Love this song it has so much meaning I can't wait to see the video.
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Follow for a follow
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Just saw you live! Amazing artist with unlimited potential!
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truuuu
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PIMP A** S**T STRAIGHT THUG LOVN
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Ayyy
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lyrical MC...one of my favs
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Wow! Love this song!
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I love this song
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neejiah
Wale thank you for sharing your hard times with regular people depression can cause people to do and say things they wouldn't if they were not hurting the fact that people compare your success to J. Cole is stupid your are an magnificent artist man and don't you forget it there are people like me who yearn for your music please don't stop the hustle one my friend god will be just in blessing you with the success you really deserve Virgo mind is unstoppable and will command respect.
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Gud girl but bad at heart ,,,
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I love this song
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I like this song
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I like this song
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Say iPhone 5 times then pick a color then post this on 5 other song then look under your pillow
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I love bad it's my fav !! And ily wale
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My ish
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S**ts fire. 508 all day
They gunna love me for my ambition
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This is the song
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my jam
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Need me a nasty nasty girl Wer u at
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Follow for a follow ; )
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Cuban Nikki minaj wtf r u saying? Jibber jabber lmfao
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jlatisha936
Tied of being a gd girl, gd girls get hurt!
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