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November 30th, -0001

Birth Name:
Olubowale Victor Akintimehin


Years Active:
'00s, '10s



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." His ambitious 2013 effort The Gifted was introduced by the single "Bad," which featured special guest Rihanna on its remix.

Top Albums

1. The Body (fe..
The Body (feat. Jeremih) - Single, Wale
2. The Body (fe..
The Gifted, Wale
3. The Gifted
Ambition (Deluxe Version), Wale
4. Ambition (De..
Attention Deficit (Bonus Track Version), Wale
5. Attention De..
Ambition, Wale
6. Ambition
Back to the Feature, Wale
7. Back to the ..
Ambition, Wale
8. Ambition
The Gifted, Wale
9. The Gifted
Attention Deficit, Wale
10. Attention De..
The Mixtape About Nothing, Wale
11. The Mixtape ..
R&B Chicks (feat. Fabolous & Wale) - Single, French Montana
12. R&B Chic..
Make Us Proud (feat. Wale) - Single, Olamide
13. Make Us Prou..
Got a Feeling (feat. Wale & Derek Luh) - Single, Mark Battles
14. Got a Feelin..
No Games (Remix) [feat. Future, Wale & Meek Mill] - Single, Rick Ross
15. No Games (Re..
No Games (Remix) [feat. Future, Wale & Meek Mill] - Single, Rick Ross
16. No Games (Re..
SneakerHead (feat. Wale) - Single, Young Marqus
17. SneakerHead ..
Face Down (feat. Wale & Kevin Gates) - Single, Shyst Red
18. Face Down (f..
Last Night (feat. Wale) - Single, Sebastian Mikael
19. Last Night (..
Work (feat. Wale) - Single, Iggy Azalea
20. Work (feat. ..

Top Songs

Body (feat. Jeremih)Body (feat. Jeremih) - Sing..3:52$1.29
Bad (feat. Tiara Thomas)Gifted4:15$1.29
Lotus Flower Bomb (feat. Miguel)Ambition (Deluxe Version)3:33$1.29
LoveHate Thing (feat. Sam Dew)Gifted4:27$1.29
Ambition (feat. Meek Mill & Rick..Ambition (Deluxe Version)5:02$1.29
Bad (Remix) [feat. Rihanna]Bad (Remix) [feat. Rihanna]..3:58$1.29
Ambition (feat. Meek Mill & Rick..Ambition5:02$1.29
Bad (Remix) [feat. Rihanna]Gifted3:58$1.29
That Way (feat. Jeremih & Rick R..Ambition (Deluxe Version)4:29$1.29
M.I.A.Self Made, Vol. 2 (Deluxe V..3:57$1.29
Clappers (feat. Nicki Minaj & Ju..Gifted5:17$1.29
Chillin (feat. Lady GaGa) [Bonus Tra..Attention Deficit (Bonus Tr..3:24$1.29
Slight Work (feat. Big Sean)Ambition (Deluxe Version)3:39$1.29
90210Attention Deficit (Bonus Tr..3:21$1.29
ContemplateAttention Deficit (Bonus Tr..3:33$1.29
Body (feat. Jeremih)Body (feat. Jeremih) - Sing..3:52$1.29
Rotation (feat. Wiz Khalifa & 2 ..Gifted5:00$1.29
Lotus Flower Bomb (feat. Miguel)Ambition3:33$1.29
Sabotage (feat. Lloyd)Ambition (Deluxe Version)5:28$1.29
Focused (feat. Kid Cudi) [Bonus Trac..Ambition (Deluxe Version)3:32$1.29
By Any MeansSelf Made, Vol. 1 (Deluxe V..4:23$1.29
Bad (feat. Tiara Thomas)Gifted4:17$1.29
LoveHate Thing (feat. Sam Dew)Gifted4:26$1.29
Tired of Dreaming (feat. Ne-Yo &..Gifted3:54$1.29
Heaven’s Afternoon (feat. Meek Mil..Gifted4:41$1.29

Top Music Videos

Rack City (Remix), Tyga
1. Rack City (Re...
Lotus Flower Bomb (feat. Miguel), Wale
2. Lotus Flower ...
Chillin (feat. Lady GaGa), Wale
3. Chillin (feat...
Diced Pineapples (feat. Wale & Drake), Rick Ross
4. Diced Pineapp...
Bag of Money (feat. Rick Ross, Meek Mill & T-Pain), Wale
5. Bag of Money ...
That Way (feat. Jeremih & Rick Ross), Wale
6. That Way (fea...
Pretty Girls, Wale, Gucci Mane & Weensey
7. Pretty Girls
Bad (feat. Tiara Thomas), Wale
8. Bad (feat. Ti...
Ambition (feat. Meek Mill & Rick Ross), Wale
9. Ambition (fea...
Bounce It (feat. Wale & Trey Songz), Juicy J
10. Bounce It (fe...
Slight Work (feat. Big Sean), Wale
11. Slight Work (...
Clappers (feat. Nicki Minaj & Juicy J), Wale
12. Clappers (fea...
Fragile, Chrisette Michele & Wale
13. Fragile
Nike Boots, Wale
14. Nike Boots
Rising Up, The Roots, Wale & Chrisette Michele
15. Rising Up
Sabotage (feat. Lloyd), Wale
16. Sabotage (fea...
Bad Ass (feat. Meek Mill & Wale), Kid Ink
17. Bad Ass (feat...
Rack City (Remix), Tyga
18. Rack City (Re...
Last Night (feat. Wale), Sebastian Mikael
19. Last Night (f...
Hold Up (feat. Wale) [Download Partners], Ca$h Out
20. Hold Up (feat...


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