Wale

Wale

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. 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 ├╝ber-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 in 2009.

Title Album Genre Tools
The Need To Know (feat. SZA) (Clean) The Album About Nothing Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, R&B/Soul
Client:
Artist:
Wale
Genres:
Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, and R&B/Soul
Instruments:
Electronic, Percussion, and Synth
Keywords:
Atmospheric and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
In Love, Make-Out, Make-Up, and Morning After
Subgenres:
Hip-Hop
Tempo:
Moderate
BPM:
100
CD/Track #:
The Album About Nothing, #9
Release Year:
2015
Track ID:
68894
main mix 3:36 160k MP3 44.1k AIF
The Need To Know (feat. SZA) The Album About Nothing Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, R&B/Soul
Client:
Artist:
Wale
Genres:
Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, and R&B/Soul
Instruments:
Electronic, Percussion, and Synth
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Moody, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
In Love, Make-Out, Make-Up, and Morning After
Subgenres:
Hip-Hop
Tempo:
Moderate
BPM:
100
CD/Track #:
The Album About Nothing, #9
Release Year:
2015
Track ID:
68896
explicit 3:36 160k MP3 44.1k AIF
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