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Ambition is a way of life, it's a mindset. Wale - The Gifted (Jake Jenkins)
NewsStream New Wale LP
You can stream Wale's new album, The Gifted, on iTunes. It hits stores next week, June 25th.
NewsStream New Wale x Rick Ross x Lupe Track
You can stream a new Wale song titled "Poor Decisions (feat. Rick Ross and Lupe Fiasco)" in the...
NewsNew Wale Single
You can stream Wale's new single, "Love Hate Thing," in the replies. His new album, The Gifted, is...
NewsPre-Order New Wale Album + Artwork Revealed
You can check out the artwork to Wale's upcoming album, The Gifted, in the replies. You can also...
Album ReviewWale - The Gifted
Posted by Jake Jenkins on 06/28/13
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Album ReviewWale - Attention Deficit
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The Billboard
The self-proclaimed "Ambassador of Rap for the Capital," Washington, D.C.-based rapper 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 lyricism and clever wordplay. Olubowale Victor Akintimehin was born in D.C. in 1984 to Nigerian immigrants who first arrived to America five years prior. Moving to Maryland at age ten, however, Wale was mostly raised in suburban D.C. He attended both Robert Morris College and Virginia State University on football scholarships, but then transferred a third time to Bowie State. The music bug already had bit him hard, and soon he quit Bowie State to turn towards 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 to 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. The use of the Internet and /MySpace were big factors for his success, which is how British über-producer and DJ Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera, Rhymefest) caught wind of the go-go MC in 2007. Wale then struck a production deal with Ronson's Allido imprint and released the 100 Miles and Running mixtape that summer. Despite not being signed to any major label yet, tons of press, ranging from XXL magazine to The New York Times, started to cover the D.C. sensation in 2007 and 2008. After a bidding war that included Epic, Atlantic, and Def Jam, Interscope finally grabbed Wale for its roster in early 2008. Cyril Cordor, All Music Guide
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