American rapper with a Nigerian root, Wale, whose full name is Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, on Friday, September 6, said that he is the greatest rapper of all time.
Wale was born on September 21, 1984, grew up in Washington DC, the place where he was said to have discovered rap.
His parents left Nigeria to the US in 1979 where he attended two different colleges that were both sponsored by football. Here are nine important other things to know about him:
His career started properly in 2006 when his Dig Dug track became an international sensation, and was said to have been discovered by Mark Ronson under the Allido Records where he doled out many mixtapes.
2. His debut album
On a new Interscope Records in 2008, he released his first album. Some of the songs on the album are Pretty Girls, World Tour, and Chillin.
3. Percussion-inspired music style
Wale’s music has been said to be very raw and percussion-driven, while many have described him to be post-Kanye and post-Lil Wayne.
4. My album is for me
In 2012, the rapper said that his “cheesy Go-Go” album was for him, saying that he wanted the album to be 40% of rap.
5. Once cancelled out a performance
The rapper cancelled a performance at DC Black Pride, when he realised the kind of performance it is. However, around May 28, 2010, he later performed at the event.
6. The rapper was depressed
Wale had a rough time as his girlfriend miscarried and his cousin died. In an interview around the time, the musician said he was really depressed. He also said he was getting the kind of recognition his contemporaries, like Drake, J Cole, and Lamar were getting.
6. Wale got into ski-gear making business
Apart from music, the Nigerian-American rapper delved into the fashion business, making ski gear. He said he wanted sport enthusiast to be as fashionable as they are sporty.
7. A music writer seeking improvement
Wale said he wanted to improve his writing ability, seeking to get admission into Howard University.
8. Pan-African Collaboration
Wale has had many collaborations with various artists on the African continent like Phyno.
9. Performed fundraising concert
In 2010, the rapper performed at a funding raising concert that was targeted at helping the victims of Haiti massive earthquake
Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that Jane Chika Oranika is a 22-year-old Nigerian-American who has huge support from popular figures like Erykah Badu, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Jada Pinkett Smith.
She became a viral sensation when she recently called out the enigmatic hip hop artiste, Kanye West, in a freestyle marvel, sampling his Jesus Walks beat.
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