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.