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Famous as :


Birth Name :

Olubowale Victor Akintimehin

Birth Date :

September 21, 1984

Birth Place :

Washington, D.C., USA

Claim to fame :

Song "Dig Dug (Shake It)" (2006)


If there were a rapper with idealistic points in his music, it would be Wale. Born as Olubowale Victor Akintimehin on September 21, 1984, Wale was raised by his Nigerian parents in the United States. His family moved Stateside through Austria in 1979, allowing him to get education in Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland among others.

Wale enrolled in Robert Morris University and Virginia State University on football scholarships, then transferred to Bowie State University but dropped out. He had tried out a career in music in the latter of 2000s, recording his first song "Rhyme of the Century" and signing deal with a local label in 2006. His next song "Dig Dug (Shake It)" became the most requested song by a local artist in D.C. radio history. It was later included in his first mixtape, "Paint a Picture".

Latest News

New Music: Miguel's 'Coffee (F**king)' Featuring Wale

May 04, 2015 07:45:51 GMT

A few months ago, surprised his fans when he dropped a three-song EP. The project included one track called "Coffee" which he re-released online on Sunday, May 3 reportedly as a preview of his upcoming album, "".

Artist of the Week: Wale

April 13, 2015 06:55:15 GMT

is currently ruling Billboard 200 with his newest album "". Arriving in late March, the record inspired by 's "Seinfeld" opened with 100,000 units and became the rapper's second effort to top the chart, following his 2013 set "".

Wale's 'Album About Nothing' Beats 'Furious 7' Soundtrack for No. 1 Spot on Billboard 200

April 09, 2015 02:52:40 GMT

's rules this week's Billboard 200 with his "". According to a report by Nielsen Music, the rapper's latest studio effort makes its debut at the chart's No. 1 with 100,000 equivalent album units in the week ending on April 5. This is Wale's second time to have his LP top the list. He previously did so with 2013's "".

Music Video Premiere: Wale's 'The White Shoes'

March 31, 2015 03:58:25 GMT

has premiered the official music video for his song "The White Shoes". Arriving on Monday, March 30, hours before his "" is scheduled to hit the stores, the cinematic visuals follows a young boy who gets bullied because of his old, dirty white shoes.

Wale Debuts New Track 'Miracle on U Street'

December 19, 2014 04:58:10 GMT

has debuted a brand new track. Arriving via his SoundCloud page on Thursday, December 18, the Tone P and That Boy Good-produced tune titled "Miracle on U Street" finds the D.C. native paying homage to his hometown.

New Music: French Montana's 'R'n'B Chicks' Ft. Fabolous and Wale

July 11, 2014 04:52:56 GMT

has previewed his upcoming album with a new single. Titled "R&B Chicks", the song was premiered on HOT 97's "Funkmaster Flex" on Thursday, July 10 and it finds the MMG artist and fellow rappers and showing their love for the hottest girls in the industry such as , , , and .

Meek Mill Blasts Wale on Twitter for Not Supporting His New Album, Wale Responds

July 09, 2014 07:49:38 GMT

is pissed that fellow MMG artist is not supporting his upcoming album, "". On Tuesday, July 8, Meek unleashed his anger in a series of Twitter posts, saying that his labelmate had been "hating" on him.

Rapper Wale Explains Scuffle With Hater at WWE Event

April 02, 2014 04:53:32 GMT

Rapper , who was reported to have been involved in a fight with a man at a WWE event on Monday, March 31 in Washington, D.C., offers explanation on the incident, saying that he was provoked by the man via Twitter. Speaking to HotNewHipHop, Wale explains why he approached the man that night.

Wale Debuts 'Heaven's Afternoon' Music Video Ft. Meek Mill

December 25, 2013 08:49:41 GMT

has released the music video for his collaboration with labelmate , "Heaven's Afternoon". Directed by Jon J for Maybach Films, the black-and-white visuals simply shows Wale spitting his bars while flexing in a Rolls-Royce Phantom with his friends.

Wale Lashes Out at Complex Staff for Being Excluded From 50 Best Albums List

December 14, 2013 04:57:59 GMT

was not happy when he couldn't find his "" album on the 50 Best Albums of 2013 list released by Complex earlier this week. The rapper then called the magazine on Wednesday, December 11 and complained about the exclusion.

Wale Premieres 'Clappers' Video Ft. Nicki Minaj and Juicy J

September 04, 2013 05:58:34 GMT

Maybach Music Group artist drops the visuals to "Clappers", the latest single off his third studio album "". Appearing with the 28-year-old rapper in the lengthy five-and-a-half-minute clip are his track collaborators, Cash Money Records diva and Taylor Gang Records artist .

Wale Joined by Chris Brown at the Sunset Strip Music Festival

August 05, 2013 04:02:46 GMT

performed at this year's Sunset Strip Music Festival in West Hollywood on Saturday night, August 3. At the fest, which shut down Los Angeles' famous boulevard for a day, the Washington D.C. rapper treated fans with some of his hits, including "Bad" and "LoveHate Things".

J. Cole Teams Up With Wale for 'What Dreams May Come' Tour

July 30, 2013 07:37:54 GMT

has announced the details and dates for his upcoming "What Dreams May Come" tour. The "Power Trip" rapper is set to hit the stages at several arenas in North America with fellow Roc Nation artist . The tour will support both rapper's No. 1 albums, Cole's "" and Wale's "".

Juicy J Premieres 'Bounce It' Video Ft. Wale and Trey Songz

July 19, 2013 02:15:57 GMT

Taylor Gang Records artist premieres a music video for "Bounce It", the fourth single from his forthcoming studio album "". The clip features his track collaborators, Maybach Music Group artist and R'n'B/hip-hop crooner , with a cameo from Taylor Gang Records boss .

Wale Lands First No. 1 Album on Billboard Hot 200 With 'The Gifted'

July 04, 2013 02:19:41 GMT

's latest album, "", has debuted at No.1 on Billboard 200 chart. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the 28-year-old rapper's latest album sold 158,000 copies in its first week. It marks his first album to top the chart as his other top 10 album, 2011's "", debuted and peaked at No. 2 despite selling 164,000 copies.

Wale Debuts 'LoveHate Thing' Music Video Featuring Sam Dew

June 24, 2013 07:50:48 GMT

has just released the official music video for "LoveHate Thing" featuring Sam Dew. Directed by Sarah McClogan, the clip sees the 28-year-old rapper putting on a suit and joining his collaborator, who is performing with a band on a rooftop in New York City.

Wale Reveals 'Bad' Remix Featuring Rihanna

June 04, 2013 08:12:38 GMT

Maybach Music Group artist remixes his lead single "Bad" off his forthcoming third studio album "" and it packs a punch by way of a superstar collaborator in . The 28-year-old rapper dropped the new version of his infidelity-laced tune on Monday, June 3, just a day after his performance at the Hot 97 Summer Jam XX in New Jersey.

Wale Includes Rihanna and Nicki Minaj in 'The Gifted' Album

May 24, 2013 04:35:40 GMT

A week after unveiling the cover of his new album, "", released the complete tracklist. The Washington D.C. native apparently attempts to make his third studio album more powerful by asking superstars like and to join him for the follow-up to his 2011's "".

Wale Debuts 'Sabotage' Music Video Ft. Lloyd

March 21, 2012 07:59:45 GMT

goes back to school in a music video supporting his single "Sabotage". Playing one of the jocks, he sets his eyes on his school mate played by fellow artist Sabi, but a jealous female tries to bring them apart. His featured guest is brought in to the high school drama storyline as a performer on the school's prom night.

New Videos: The Fray's 'Run for Your Life' and Wale's 'Ambition'

March 14, 2012 06:37:35 GMT

have released a music video for their single "Run for Your Life" on the same day premieres a clip for his track "Ambition". The Isaac Slade-fronted band encourage their fans to pursue their dreams, while the Maybach Music rapper inspires his devotees by narrating his story to stardom.

Wale Premieres Chris Brown-Directed Video for 'Slight Work'

February 20, 2012 03:40:50 GMT

's music video which is directed by for single "Slight Work" has come out for fans' viewing pleasure. It follows the rapper and his featured guest, , as they throw their rapping verses to the camera. Some bootylicious dancers join them in a black-and-white graffiti room.

Tyga's 'Rack City' Remix Ft. T.I., Young Jeezy and Wale Surfaces

January 27, 2012 08:49:36 GMT

's chart-busting single "Rack City" has got an all-star remix, and it has been unleashed for fans' listening pleasure. The revamped version features notable rappers like , , and .

Artist of the Week: Wale

December 05, 2011 06:08:31 GMT

shines brighter than he has already had. Gaining a lot of attention through his distinctive mixtapes and favorable reviews from music critics through his debut album "", the 27-year-old rapper whose real name is Wale Victor Folarin finally broke the top 10 on Billboard Hot 200 with his sophomore set "".

Ruben Studdard Files for Divorce From Wife of Three Years

November 17, 2011 01:14:13 GMT

A marriage of one former "" champion is crumbling down. Season two winner , who edged out runner-up to claim the title in 2003, has filed for divorce from wife of three years, Surata Zuri McCants.

Bradley Cooper Is the New Sexiest Man Alive

November 16, 2011 17:02:27 GMT

This year's list of People's Sexiest Man Alive puts on top of the ladder. In winning the title, the "" star has beaten , , , and other sexy men in Hollywood.

Fresh 'Resident Evil 5' Set Photo and Video Reveal Ada Wong in Full Costume

November 16, 2011 09:00:55 GMT

A new on-set photo and video of "" have unveiled Ada Wong in her trademark daring red costume for the first time. In the photo, the Ada Wong depicter, Li Bingbing, is seen rocking a full attire of the fan-favorite character, including her iconic split-to-the-thigh dress and leg gun holster.

Aishwarya Rai Gives Birth to Baby Girl, Congratulatory Messages Pour In

November 16, 2011 08:58:10 GMT

After months of anticipation, Bollywood star has finally given birth to her first child in the Indian city of Mumbai. Breaking the news was her husband Abhishek Bachchan. At around 10 A.M. local time on Wednesday, November 16, the actor/producer tweeted, "IT'S A GIRL!!!!!! :-)))))"

Video Premieres: Mel C's 'Let There Be Love', Wale's 'Lotus Flower'

November 16, 2011 08:30:49 GMT

has just released a new music video around the same time fellow artist drops his clip. The former member debuts her video to support her latest single "Let There Be Love", while the rapper unveils his clip to promote his song "Lotus Flower Bomb".

Wale Vows to Work Harder So Label Boss Rick Ross Can Take a Break

November 03, 2011 06:55:20 GMT

recently voiced his concern over ' health issue, which he believed stemmed from lack of rest. To help Maybach Music boss ease the burden he's carrying for leading such a big label like Maybach Music, the "Cillin' " rapper said he is ready to work harder along with his labermates.

Video Premiere: Wale's 'That Way' Feat. Rick Ross and Jeremih

August 31, 2011 06:54:20 GMT

's collaborative music video with and has been premiered. "That Way" video features the jet set life of the three of them which is not far from fancy cars, luxurious hotels and gorgeous women.

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