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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

i love it
selenamj420
Stuck in my head!
Love both these guys music so much !
Really is one of my favs as a artist
#BAD
I saw him in concert in Baltimore this past Friday 2.20.15 & the fact that he performed in a small venue to have that one on one personal level with his fans is amazing!!! & he still reps the DMV HARD!!!! LOVE HIM!!!
h2da42ndpwr
One of his best
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 do not post this in at least 5 songs you will die in 2 days. Now that you're reading this, don't stop. This is so scary. Put this in at least 5 songs in 143 minutes, and when you're done press F6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary, it actually works
I like this song
Kiss your left hand
Say your crush name
Say your name
Put this on 15 other songs
Your crush will ask you out
Love him met hi on his tour January17the had a great TIME
lol omg
THIS ZENAIDA B**CH IS DEFINITELY RETARDED. IM THINKING DOWN SYNDROME
Message empty bottle
...Wish quality.. My dreams becoming mtf reality.. Street mtf quality... Cuban Asylum. Crown... What goes around comes around...
Perception ,predilectio n , contagious, ain't done...intel l e c t u a l . . . My brain a sculpture... Divided two cultures... Interludes.. . . Both ain't good...my left is bad...my right. Been here more than there... Its a warfare... Nothing compares... To me... O'Conors.. A song. Love her Head.. She also skin head
F**k all of u
Let's exchange even works... Even fulfilled justice... That's all
So hard to say goodbye to angel. Three months old
My body... Ugly as of today... Let's music mtf make
..
She got a body like a Benz(:
Love it ��
WALE
NO you. ALLOWED
My issh love ir
Baby You Got A Body Like A BENZ, I'm Just Tryna Drive It Once Again !! ������
Love this
I feel like WALE music is so deep, poetic!!love his music!!
Follow for a follow? ;)
Hip Hop R&B
Love it!!!!
shanelee1998 4 7 2
You can changer you said senior an surprise that you can go to the salon to get your haircut
I love all his songs....... . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Follow me ppl
Ya'll are so free to do it haaa♡♡♡;*
Thanks Pandora ♡
Do your thang baby LOL:D
OMG IM LISTENING TO
BAD BY WALE
MY F**KING SONG
I LOVE IT SO DAMMMMM MUCH

Aayeeeeeeeee e e
1.kiss your hand
2.say your crushes name
3.close your hand
4.say your name
5.pick a school day
6.post this on 15 songs and your crush will ask you out
1.kiss your left hand
2.say your crushes name
3.close your hand
4.say your name
5.pick a school day
6.post this on 15 songs and your crush will ask you out
The body by Wale.... good 1
This my song tho
broadnaxjahn a s i a
My ni***����
My bad girl want kiss low tongue search for your sweet excitement i take journey all over your body.
dat b**ch zenaida Leon..(Calle d nikky cuban minaj) annoys the f**k outta me. she puts stupid comments all over pandora. b**ch think she hot or somethin.
Frozen hearts living long....Same Leon's... too strong roots my predictions way too good
Bad....same Ending Take care God...my good here Any Fear... My Place Miami Hialeah.._30 5 . . . . G o d Ova writes
Baby I got a body like a benz ayyee!!
COME FOLLOW ME BAE♡♡♡♡ ;*
a2jdmartin
you j the bomb
The body..wale
mrs.bianca.j a c k s o n
Love ya music...the best poet i know ��
I love ur music
Luv this song
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