|Artist Birtday :||21/09/1984 (Age 35)|
|Born In :||Northwest, Washington, D.C.|
|Occupation(s) :||Rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor|
|Genres :||Hip Hop|
|Web Site :||www.walemusic.com|
Wale (who is a Nigerian American) was born Olubowale Victor Akintimehin on September 21st, 1984, in Northwest, Washington, D.C.. His parents were both from the Yoruba ethnic group of the southwestern Nigeria, and both of them came to the United States from Austria in 1979. Wale’s family first lived in Northwest, Washington, D.C., and then moved to Montgomery County, when Wale was at the age of 10. In 2002, he graduated from the Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and moved to Largo, Maryland in Prince George’s County. Wale attended Robert Morris University and Virginia State University on football scholarships, then transferred to Bowie State University. However, he dropped out due to academic reasons. Wale’s love of the game of football and the Washington Redskins has led to a longstanding rumor that Wale had a tattoo of tight end Chris Cooley. He’s also the cousin of an actor Gbenga Akinnagbe, who is best known as for playing Chris Partlow on HBO’s The Wire. Wale’s first recorded the track, called “Rhyme of the Century”, which became his first song to ever played on the local radio. In 2006, he was featured in the “Unsigned Hype” column of The Source magazine, and later signed to a local label, Studio 43. The track, called “Dig Dug (Shake It)” became popular in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, and was a tribute to Ronald “Dig Dug” Dixon, who was a percussion player for the go-go band Northeast Groovers. The song became the most requested song by a local artist in Washington D.C. radio history and Wale was the first local artist to get some BDS spins since DJ Kool in the early 1990s. The song was included in Wale’s first mixtape, Paint a Picture.
In July 2006, Wale found representation in Daniel Weisman, whose a former club DJ and promoter, who has no previous experience in management. Weisman had been tipped off about the rapper by a friend in Washington, D. C and connected with him through Myspace. In September 2006, after dropping another go-go influenced single, called “Breakdown” (sampled from Huck-A-Bucks “Sexy Girl”) has been getting a mention on The Washington Post, Wale released his first non-go-go original single, called “Uptown Roamers”. On September 14, 2006, “Uptown Roamers” debuted on XM Radio Channel 66, where it’s been played twice in one day. Both “Breakdown” and “Uptown Roamers” were on Wale’s second mixtape, Hate Is the New Love. The song, “Breakdown” was featured on the video game Madden NFL 2009. Wale won the award for “D. C. Metro Breakthrough Artist of the Year” at WKYS’s Go-Go Awards in November 2006. On December 15, The Fader magazine associate editor Nick “Catchdubs” Barat visited Wale for an interview and photo shoot, which appeared in the March 2007 issue of The Fader. Manager Weisman told HitQuarters that the Fader feature, given the magazine’s music/culture/fashion orientation, laid an important foundation for Wale to position himself as a “cool, smart, up-and-coming hip-hop artist who might actually be Drake”.
Attention Deficit (2009)
The Gifted (2013)
The Album About Nothing (2015)