Status 10: # 9 — WALE

from Wale's MySpace page

from Wale's MySpace page

By A.J. Washington

“Wale… that’s [his] name don’t forget it,” the DC rapper proclaims in his song “Dig Dug (Shake It);” and if you’re smart, you’d listen to the man.  While you’re listening, you better get the pronunciation of his name down too, its “wah-lay,” that’s two syllables – not one.  On a quest to find more information about Wale, a Google search yielded no official biography or traditional Web site on the rapper, but an interesting substitute was found. Walemusic.com is the rapper’s official Web site, which is almost hard to believe at first.  There are no flashing lights, no fluff, no extra stuff you don’t want to see anyway–  which is a match to the rapper’s style and demeanor.

Wale is simple person, in fact, if you’ve ever been to Maryland or D.C., he looks like the average black guy you’d find hanging out in the city.  He stays true to ‘the area,’ as many natives and residents affectionately call the span of Maryland and the District of Columbia. When he first stepped on the scene in 2006, Wale became an instant hit and in constant rotation on Maryland, D.C. and Virginia radio stations. His tunes were a mix of D.C.’s hometown music go-go, and rap. Wale infused the two styles like no one before him, in way that had the potential to expose go-go outside the wall of the nation’s capital.

Why is Wale hot? Well for one, he’s unpolished and authentic . Despite moving and shaking in the music industry for nearly four years; and working with artists like The Roots, Lil’ Wayne, Talib Kweli , Chrisette Michele and Lady Gaga, he’s remained true to his foundation.

Most recently, Wale and popular go-go band UCB, served as the house band for the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards last month. Soon thereafter, it was announced he was going on tour with Jay-Z for the Blueprint 3 tour starting later this month.  Stay tuned for Wale—you don’t want to miss his show.

from Wale's MySpace page

from Wale's MySpace page

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