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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.

The following year, Wale returned with "My PYT," the first single on his fifth LP, Shine. ~ Cyril Cordor
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Fashion Week (Single) (Explicit)

1. Fashion Week (Feat. G-Eazy)

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Track List: Running Back (Single) (Explicit)

1. Running Back (Feat. Lil Wayne)

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Track List: Groundhog Day (Single)

1. Groundhog Day

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Track List: One Reason (Flex) (Single) (Explicit)

1. One Reason (Flex) [Feat. Eric Bellinger]

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Track List: My P.Y.T (Single) (Explicit)

1. My P.Y.T

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Track List: Spoiled (Single) (Explicit)

1. Spoiled

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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 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: Poor Decisions (Single)

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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: Bad (Remix) (Single)

1. Bad (Remix)

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Track List: Bad (Single)

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Track List: Bag Of Money (Feat. Rick Ross, Meek Mill & T-Pain)

1. Bag Of Money (Feat. Rick Ross, Meek Mill & T-Pain)

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Track List: More About Nothing

1. The Problem

2. The MC

3. The Soup

4. The Breeze (Cool)

5. The Friends N Strangers

6. The Number Won (Competition)

7. The Eyes Of The Tiger

8. The War

9. The Breakup Song

10. The Black N Gold

11. The Manipulation 2

12. The Posse Cut

13. The Guilty Pleasure No Hands

14. The Trip Downtown

15. The Ambitious Girl

16. The Motivation B Right

17. The Power

18. The Flight

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Track List: Ambition

1. Don't Hold Your Applause

2. Double M Genius

3. Miami Nights

4. Legendary

5. Lotus Flower Bomb (Feat. Miguel)

6. Sabotage (Feat. Lloyd)

7. White Linen (Coolin) (Feat. Ne-Yo)

8. Slight Work (Feat. Big Sean)

9. Ambition (Feat. Meek Mill & Rick Ross) (Feat. Meek Mill & Rick Ross)

10. Illest B**ch

11. No Days Off

12. DC Or Nothing

13. That Way (Feat. Jeremih & Rick Ross)

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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: Focused (Single)

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Track List: Lotus Flower Bomb (Single)

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Track List: Focused (feat. Kid Cudi)

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Track List: Chain Music (Single)

1. Chain Music

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Track List: Bait (Single)

1. Bait

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Track List: Chain Music (Single) (Explicit)

1. Chain Music

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Track List: Bad Girls Club (Single)

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Track List: Bad Girls Club (Feat. J. Cole)

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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: Attention Deficit

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: Chillin' (Radio Single) (Explicit)

1. Chillin'

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Track List: Nike Boots (Radio Single)

1. Nike Boots

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Track List: Scion A/V Remix Project: 45 King (Part 1)

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Track List: Bag Of Money (Feat. Rick Ross, Meek Mill & T-Pain) (Single)

1. Bag Of Money (Feat. Rick Ross, Meek Mill & T-Pain)

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Track List: LoveHate Thing (Single)

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

1. The Body (Feat. Jeremih)

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Track List: The Matrimony (Single) (Explicit)

1. The Matrimony (Feat. Usher)

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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Kiss your hand ten times
Say your crushes name
Say your name
Post this on fifteen other songs and your crush will either ask you out or kiss you or both
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This song is so good I heard this sense I was little
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song should've been longerrrr ...love that much
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Love this song, I never made love but I sure know how to f*****.. some issues
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Yo this guys a wale who actually sings ��
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MY S**T RIGHT HERE!!!!
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Love me some wale
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Love this song��
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Still my s**t
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Leave a comment…You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore this you will have bad luck. Put thus on 10 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will show up in big letters on your screen. This is so creepy because it actually works
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I love Wale and all his music from the very beginning he's my favorite
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I LOVE WALE with my WHOLE HEART
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the beat day of your life. Now ghat you started reading don't stop this is so creepy. But if you ignore this you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 songs in 143 min. When you are done, press the space bar on your screen and your crushes name will appear in big letters. This is so freaky and it actually works.
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Loveeeee wale which i could meet him sit down blow a couple and just kick it
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Wale is nice person i guess
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Wale is nice person I wish I could meet in persons
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Where u at b**ch...????
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Big but t.!!
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cheard2318
Wale inspires me to believe in myself when no one else will. He is an amazing artist and touches on many subjects, including AIDs, sex and poverty in a way that no artist does. I LOVE YOU WALE!!!
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the beat day of your life. Now ghat you started reading don't stop this is so creepy. But if you ignore this you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 songs in 143 min. When you are done, press the space bar on your screen and your crushes name will appear in big letters. This is so freaky and it actually works.
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love that f your life. Now that you've started this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore this you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear on the screen this is so freaky it really works
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Live... Too Live
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This.shi. lit
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This is my favorite song��
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the greatest verse to me he dropped was verse 2 of lovehate things, thing fire
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I absolutely LOVE the original version of Wale's "Bad" with Tiara Thomas, but I just can't get into the remix no matter how many times I hear it!!
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Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
Post this on 5 other songs
Look under your pillow
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Dopest, illest MC of this decade!!!
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Don't read thisyou will be kissedon the nearest Friday by love your life. Tomorrow 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. Posters and 15 other songs in 143 minutes. Once you were done and press Spacebar your crushes name will appear in big letters on your screen
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The Matrimony! Wale has great lyrics
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I love this song
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The song ,Bad is my life in the worse way but I'll be good to you my parents were my issues I couldn't convince them to stay how can I hold together a relationship never knew LOVE
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❤️❤️❤️wish I had someone to love...
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WWWWAAAAAAAL L L L L L L E E E E E E E E E DAMN
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Dont read this you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life stop this is freaky but if u 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 will appear in big letters on your screen it acutely works
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Luv this song...its soooo me for real..i swear dude knows me better than I coulda imagine.. My new favorite song..yep yep!!!
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of you life now you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky but if you ignore this then you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 mins. When you are done press the spacebar and your crush's name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works.
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Want to go to jail because I talk about my belly area Orlando population you
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This album is ������ #KilledItWit h S e i n f e l d
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This is my Shi......
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Just lit AF
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5........... i n rotation.
Omg so lit.
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This song makes me feel like I am loved but I'm single as a pringle
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