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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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Albums by
Wale

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    14 songs

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    The Album About Nothing

    20 songs

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    Folarin

    21 songs

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    More About Nothing

    16 songs

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    The Gifted

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    Ambition

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    The Girls on Drugs [Remixes EP]

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    The Gifted

    16 songs

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    Ambition [Deluxe Version]

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    Attention Deficit

    14 songs

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    Attention Deficit

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    One Reason

    1 song

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    One Reason

    1 song

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    MY P.Y.T

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    MY P.Y.T

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    Spoiled

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    Spoiled

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    The Matrimony (feat. Usher)

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    The Matrimony (feat. Usher)

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    The Body (feat. Jeremih)

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    The Body (feat. Jeremih)

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    Poor Decisions

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    Poor Decisions

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    Love/Hate Thing

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    Bad

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Top Songs by
Wale

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    Popularity
  2.   Lotus Flower Bomb
  3.   The Matrimony
  4.   Bad
  5.   MY P.Y.T
  6.   The Body by Jeremih
  7.   Ambition
  8.   Slight Work
  9.   Pretty Girls featuring Back Yard Band
  10.   Chillin by Lady Gaga
  11.   Bag of Money
  12.   LoveHate Thing
  13.   Mirrors
  14.   That Way
  15.   Clappers
  16.   Spoiled
  17.   Poor Decisions
  18.   Chain Music
  19.   Play Your Part
  20.   600 Benz
  21.   Sabotage
  22.   Focused
  23.   Beautiful Bliss
  24.   The One Eye Kitten Song by Travis Porter
  25.   Inhibitions by Pharrell Williams
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