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Artist of the Week: Wale

December 05, 2011 06:08:31 GMT

Through his second studio album, the 'Lotus Flower Bomb' rapper successfully pushed himself to gain the success he felt he was due by entering No. 2 on Billboard Hot 200.


Artist of the Week: Wale
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Wale 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 "Attention: Deficit", 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 "Ambition".

The "Chillin" rapper bowed at the second spot on the U.S. album chart by selling 164,000 copies in its first week. Scoring collaborations with such big stars as Kid Cudi, Ne-Yo, Big Sean and Rick Ross, the Washington D.C.-born MC additionally ruled both Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Billboard Top Rap Albums.

Wale credited Jay-Z for his success. He recalled turning to the rap mogul for some advises after being dropped by Interscope. "Jay-Z, essentially, is my business adviser. Him, [my manager] Rich [Kleinman] and [Roc Nation's] John Meneilly. I know Jay has a personal place in his heart for 'Ambition'," he gushed.

"I remember one time I was on the phone with Jay, asking him, 'What did I do [wrong]? What can I do differently?' He was like, 'Maybe you just didn't come with that single. You made a solid first album. But you didn't come up with that single'," he furthermore elaborated his statement. "That just added fuel to my fire."

© AceShowbiz.com




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