The self-proclaimed “Ambassador of Rap for the Capital,” Wale (pronounced “wah-lay”) was able to transcend his status as local sensation and become a national rap contender using go-go-inspired hip-hop as the vehicle for his clever wordplay and music. The self-proclaimed “Ambassador of Rap for the Capital,” Wale (pronounced “wah-lay”) was able to transcend his status as local sensation and become a national rap contender using go-go-inspired hip-hop as the vehicle for his clever wordplay and music.
A change in energy. The drums have swing! The Afropop rhythm with the trap hi-hats are a nice combination. The streets needed this one in May, but I see why it was picked as a single this fall. Effortlessly infectious. Mannywellz on the hook was a great call. His voice is full of warmth. Love & Loyalty” is fun enough to have been on Shine. Wale’s second verse is sharp. Great energy, such warmth. I’ll revisit.
In the past, it always seemed a little like Wale chafed at being typecast into the ladies’ man” category that hits like Lotus Flower Bomb,” Bad,” and his verse on Rick Ross‘ Diced Pineapples” boxed him into. While he clearly worked strenuously at his craft, scribing elaborate verses full of polysyllabic rhyme schemes, internet rhymes, and punchlines so clever that his more anthemic singles required multiple playbacks to catch them all, Wale’s most successful records have always been the ones in which he dropped his guard, slowed his flow, and spoke to a specific romanticism. In short, he may have wanted the respect of a Canibus at his most lethal, but earned a more positive reception when he imitated LL Cool J at his most tender.
To build hype for The Gifted, Wale released “Sight of the Sun,” a remix of the Fun. song of the same name. 60 This was similar to the songs “Bittersweet” and “Fly Away,” which he released prior to Attention: Deficit.
Olubowale Victor Akintimehin (born September 21, 1984), better known by his stage name Wale ( WAW-lay), is a Nigerian-American rapper. He first rose to prominence in 2006, when his song “Dig Dug (Shake It)” became popular in his hometown. Wale became locally recognized and continued recording music for the regional audience. Producer Mark Ronson discovered Wale in 2006 and signed him to Allido Records in 2007. While signed to that label, Wale released several mixtapes and appeared in national media including MTV and various Black-American-focused magazines. A song called “Ridin’ in That Black Joint” was featured in the popular video game Saints Row 2’s soundtrack in 2008.
Sue Me” is one hell of a song title. An R&B sample? I can’t grab it on first listen. It’s smooth, the production has a 40 feel. Drake’s producer 40, not E-40. The soulful smoothness reminds me of his It’s Complicated EP. Wale’s delivery is stream-of-consciousness. Sue me, I’m rooting for everybody that’s black.” This is good. He’s opening up on the second verse. Love the line about showbusiness. You can tell he spends a lot of time in his head, but the ideas don’t come out jumbled. Is this a gospel sample? The choir is raising the intro to the heavens. Wale came back on the gospel breakdown; he’s hot enough to melt steel. One hell of an introduction.
WWE has, in turn, embraced hip-hop right back. While rock music was once the go-to choice for wrestler theme songs in the past, some of WWE’s top stars use rap as their entrance music, including John Cena and WWE executive Stephanie McMahon.
The No. 1 goal in both wrestling and rap is getting over,” wrestling parlance for when fans are heavily invested in your act. You either have to perform well or say something controversial enough to get noticed (looking your way, Mr. West).
What’s more insane than grown men and women decked out in tights jumping off of cages and dropping one another on their heads? A Grammy-nominated rapper who moonlights as a wrestling nerd.
BGM” arrives on the heels of Wale’s most recent Jeremih-assisted hit On Chill,” the lead single from his upcoming new album. The project still doesn’t have a release date yet, but it’s safe to say it’s right around the corner as the D.C. rapper will be embarking on his 18-date Everything Is Fine tour this fall.
Nearly two years after the rap battle on SmackDown Live, Wale sits in the bowels of Sony Hall, a former Manhattan basement club and Broadway theater that was recently renovated into a concert venue. Despite it being the first week of April, the Washington, D.C., rapper is sporting an oversize long-sleeved black shirt, trademark thick winter hat, and a cold that he’s trying to recover from. Slept with the fan on and s—,” he said.
In 2008, Wale signed with Interscope Records for $1.3 million, and his debut album Attention Deficit was released in 2009 with the singles “Chillin”, “Pretty Girls”, and “World Tour”. The album, although under-shipped, received positive reviews from critics. In early 2011, Wale signed with Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group, where members of the label released a compilation album, Self Made Vol. 1 on May 23, 2011. His second studio album, Ambition was released November 1, 2011, with mixed reviews. His third studio album, The Gifted, was released on June 25, 2013, to mainly positive reviews; it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. His second Billboard number one album The Album About Nothing was released on March 31, 2015.
The rapper hopped on “TMZ Live” Friday and talked about a noble and personal cause – getting record labels to do right by looking after the mental health of their artists as they rise and fall.
Although Wale admits to having 17 records with Rozay and another 10 with Meek, he’s been waiting on the perfect time to drop a collaboration because it was just a matter of picking the right one. He opted for “Routine” because he said “it got the energy. It’s a lotta mid-tempo and deep songs on the album, so I just wanted to break the monotony in that.” Check out “Routine” and let us know what you think.
Energy! After the weight of Expectations,” the warmth of BGM” feels good. It’s like coming out of a cave to a summertime family reunion mid-Cha-Cha slide. Wale has always been an advocate of uplifting blackness, especially black women. BGM” is his most fun celebration of black women. It’s a few years late to be the soundtrack of black girl magic, but the song is a nice addition to playlists that affirm black women’s greatness.
Out of anything else, wrestling provides an escape for the rapper. The ridiculous storylines and carny vibes aside, wrestling has saved his life. In multiple interviews spanning at least half a decade, Wale has said wrestling allows for much-needed breaks from the rigors of the music business and life.
Mental health is an issue that record labels should be prioritizing, as Wale explained in an interview with TMZ Live on Friday (Oct. 11). The DMV rapper, who has been open about batting anxiety and depression, and released his Wow That’s Crazy album, during Mental Health Awareness Week, says signing a record deal should come with mental health assistance.
In conjunction with the release of BMG,” Wale also dropped a lyric music video. Instead of just lyrics flashing across the screen, the blaxploitation-influenced visual is a throwback to the heydays of ‘80s sitcoms when a number of Black-centered sitcoms blessed our televisions.
The second-highest-ranking new release that begins its run on the Billboard 200 inside the highest tier comes from Lil Tjay, a rapper who only rose to prominence recently. The hip-hop musician’s debut album True 2 Myself opens at No. 5 with 45,000 equivalent units, 1,000 of which are actual sales. Just a few months ago, Lil Tjay landed his first-ever appearance on the chart when his mixtape F.N lifted to No. 38, narrowly entering the top 40 region.
He’s in the Big Apple to host WaleMania, the rapper’s live panel-cum-musical-concert extravaganza that is in its fifth year. The event, tacked on to the days leading up to WWE’s premier annual event, WrestleMania, is billed as the melding of hip-hop and wrestling after a long kinship. By the end of the night, there will be a live podcast featuring several WWE and independent personalities, a musical performance by Wale and a brief freestyle by former WWE wrestler Eric Enzo Amore” Arndt.
Growing up in suburban Washington D.C, US, Wale (pronounced way-lay) spent his youth playing football, gaining scholarships to attend Robert Morris College and Virginia State University before moving to Bowie State University. However, Wale had already found a love for music, deciding to quit college to pursue a career in music.
A fan-made list of the “Top 50 Greatest Rappers of All Time” has gone viral on social media, prompting many debates among rap enthusiasts about who actually deserves to be placed on it. Joining in the conversation on Tuesday (Aug. 6), Wale let it be known that he feels he should be on that list and he’s not ashamed to say it.
Wale has dropped a new single in honor of Women’s Equality Day, which takes place August 26th. The track, BGM,” highlights the success of specific women in pop culture, and advocates for equal pay.