That Wale is signed to Maybach Music Group, the gaudiest label in all the land, belies his humble origins as a first-generation Nigerian-American whose bold, lyrical, heavily go-go-flavored style bridged the gap between backpacker and radio rap and became an instant sensation in his native Washington D.C. Wale's acclaimed mixtape run from 2005 to 2009 culminated in the release of his debut album Attention Deficit. In this week's installment of #TBT, we revisit the celebrated opening act of Wale's career.
Stream Wale's New 4-Track Release: "Today....I Got Time!"
After appearing on Barack's official summer playlist, Wale suddenly decided to drop off four new tracks on his SoundCloud. He's calling the bundle, Today....I Got Time! The first three tracks are freestyles, whereas the final one is a verse that was presumably intended for the song "Sucker for Pain," off the "Suicide Squad" soundtrack.
Artists React To Barack Obama's Final Summer Playlist
Earlier today, Barack Obama “dropped” (his words) a two part summer playlist, also serving as a cultural farewell as his eight years in the White House come to a close this fall. Barry O’s taste in music runs the gamut, but most relevant to HNHH are the many hip hop and R&B artists he included in both the daytime and nighttime segments.
Wale & Girlfriend Welcome First Child Together
Wale is officially a dad. On Friday afternoon, TMZ reported that Wale’s longtime girlfriend, Chloe Alexis, gave birth to the couple’s first child in NYC. The delivery was reportedly long & challenging since Chloe went into labor two days earlier on Wednesday (July 20), but the most important thing is that it’s healthy.
Official Images Of Wale's "Intercontinental Champion" Asics Collab Revealed
Last Summer, Wale teamed up with Philadelphia based retailer, Ruvilla, and Asics for a collaboration dubbed the "Bottle Rocket" Asics Gel Lyte III. Now, Wale and Villa are back at it again with a new Asics joint that features a metallic gold construction accompanied by hits of black and blue, as inspired by the WWE's Intercontinental championship belt.
Wale Announces "Summer On Sunset" Mixtape Dropping This Week
Wale has been sharing some free new music lately, and he's announced today that plenty more is on the way. In a trailer featuring the voice of frequent collaborator Jerry Seinfeld, Wale has unveiled the Summer On Sunset mixtape, which is scheduled to arrive this Friday, June 17th.The narration from Seinfeld explains that Wale recently moved to L.A. to "clear his head," before advising that the rapper to "stay cool" and be himself, referencing the distracting party life L.A. can enable.
Top Tracks: June 6 - June 12
Let's face it, as far as high-profile tracks go, there's no way this week (or any week really) could have lived up to the seven days that preceded it. Drake, Kanye, Jay Z, Justin Bieber, Gucci Mane, Travi$ Scott, and Pusha T all joined forces with some combination of one another to make for the craziest batch of tracks we've seen in such a short span this year.
Meek Mill, Rick Ross & Wale Are Dropping A Single Today
MMG's Self Made series was on an annual release schedule for its first three installments, but with Self Made 3 dropping in 2013, it's been a while since we've received a group project from the label. That should be changing soon, as Rick Ross has announced that a new single from the upcoming Self Made Vol. 4 is arriving later today, and will feature the label's three biggest stars; Meek Mill, Wale, and Ross himself.
Is Wale Dropping New Single Off "Shine" Tomorrow?
It's been little over a year since fans of Wale we’re treated to The Album About Nothing, but it looks like the follow up is already on the horizon. Tonight, Genius prematurely posted some info on the upcoming single & fifth studio album that’s on the way from the MMG rapper.
Wale Gave United Airlines Workers A Piece Of His Mind On Snapchat
These days, when people feel inconvenienced by services, they tend to attack them with criticism on social media. Of course, this tactic is taken to the next level when the person happens to be a celebrity with a very large following, as Wale proved when he decided to grill some United Airlines employees after he missed a flight.
Wale & Azealia Banks Clash On Twitter
It almost seems overdue that two of the most outspoken artists on Twitter hadn't yet come into an all-out face-off, but today, Wale and Azealia Banks made eye contact on the platform, and it wasn't pretty.It all started with a tweet Azealia sent out suggesting that she doesn't feel protected by the black men and black media around her, at which point Wale decided to weigh in, saying "we are all terrified of you . Public embarrassment is a real fear . U prolly have thousands of ppl scared to say anything 2u"
I Got You, Fam: 10 Rapper-Athlete Bromances
The elite class of athletes and musicians share much in common -- wealth, fame, a central role in popular culture. So it should not come as a surprise that there is, generally speaking, a great mutual respect between rappers and athletes. Sometimes this respect engenders friendship. Sometimes it engenders rappers and athletes throwing each other alley-oops... on and off the court.
20 Hip Hop Artists Who Threw Out The Ceremonial First Pitch
The pitcher's mound is a stage, a very different stage from the one rappers and singers are accustomed to standing upon. The ceremonial first pitch is ostensibly a celebration, and throwing the ball 60 feet in a particular direction may not seem like much of a challenge. But much can go wrong. From Kendrick Lamar to Snoop Dogg to MC Hammer to 50 Cent (!), here are 20 hip hop artists who took the mound for the ceremonial first pitch.
Wale Plans To Release Two Albums In 2016
Back in January, Wale announced a new album by the name of Shine, giving us the name only and no other details, and now we've got a slight update.
The "Internet Rapper" Phenomenon
Since debuting in 2008, XXL's annual Freshman Class feature has had its fair share of questionable choices (such as Kidd Kidd appearing a full eight years after we first heard him on "Mrs. Officer") and flops, not to mention numerous omissions of rappers who've gone onto stardom. It's never exactly been considered a finger-on-the-pulse-type source for new talent, but rather a conversation starter and surface-level barometer for casual hip-hop hobbyists.
Wale Has Spent An Insane Amount Of Money On Uber
We've seen some scary Uber bills before, but Wale may have just taken the cake. According to the DC rapper's tweets, he spent $1.1 million dollars on the service back in 2014. You may be wondering how that's possible, and his explanation doesn't explain all that much, indicating that a couple of trips to French Montana's place where he left the meter running contributed to the cost (did he go from DC to New York?).
Kendrick Lamar & Big Sean Go Platinum After RIAA Incorporates Streaming
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is mostly known for two things: suing the hell out of everyone for downloading music and giving out gold and platinum awards for best-selling records. Thankfully the news today only involves the latter.
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League Release Stacked Album Featuring Drake, Future, & More
One of the respected names in the beat game, production trio J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League surprised fans this morning by releasing a new album called J.U.S.T.I.C.E. For All containing 13 never-before-heard songs. The project is absolutely stacked with features; artists appearing on the album include Drake, Rick Ross, Lupe Fiasco, Future, Chris Brown, T.I., Wale, R. Kelly, Jeremih, & Jeezy. Gotdamn.
Wale Announces New Album "Shine"
As you might have seen, Wale made headlines when he became the first rapper to open up the President's State of the Union Address on Tuesday night. The rapper performed "Chillin" and "LoveHate Thing" before President Obama took the reigns.
10 Other Rappers Who've Visited The White House
Yesterday, we learned that Kendrick Lamar fulfilled a wish he's had ever since the "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" remix ("In the White House with a mink/Running through that bitch like it's my house," although he didn't seem to be wearing any fur at the time), paying a visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave as a guest of one of his biggest fans, President Obama. He and his crew were given a tour, hitting a rap squat along the way, and making for a pretty historic moment.