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Olubowale Victor Akintimehin (born September 21, 1984), better known by his stage name Wale (/ˈwɔːleɪ/ wah-lay), is an American rapper from Washington, D.C.. He rose to prominence in 2006, when his song "Dig Dug (Shake It)" became popular in his hometown. Wale became locally recognized and continued recording music for the regional audience. Producer Mark Ronson discovered Wale in 2006 and signed him to Allido Records in 2007. While signed to that label, Wale released several mixtapes and appeared in national media including MTV and various urban magazines.


Wale was born Olubowale Victor Akintimehin in Washington, D.C. on September 21, 1984
His parents are of the Yoruba ethnic group of southwestern Nigeria and came to the United States from Austria in 1979
He has an older brother, Alvin who lives in New York City and has worked in A&R for such record labels as Tommy Boy Records and The Inc. Records, formerly known as Murder Inc
Although Alvin is not a part of his brother's management team, he is credited as getting the ball rolling for his brother's rise to fame
Wale also has a little brother named Michael
Wale's family first lived on Peabody St. in Northwest Washington DC before moving to Montgomery County when Wale was a teenager
He graduated from Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland 2001 and later moved to Largo, Maryland
Wale attended Robert Morris University and Virginia State University on football scholarships, then transferred to Bowie State University but dropped out
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 is also the cousin of actor Gbenga Akinnagbe
In 2008, Wale signed to Interscope Records for $1.3 million
In an interview with Flavorwire, Wale said that he incorporates elements of go-go in his music
Cyril Cordor of allmusic described go-go as "a more raw, percussion-driven offshoot of disco" that originated in the Washington, D.C. area
Wale's early singles that were played primarily in his local metropolitan area heavily sampled 1990s go-go records


Hip Hop/RNB

Bad (feat. Tiara Thomas)
Bag Of Money (feat. Rick Ross, Meek Mill and Tpain)
Lotus Flower Bomb (feat. Miguel)
Sabotage (feat. Lloyd)
That Way (feat. Jeremih and Rick Ross)


Love Hate Thing (feat. Sam Dew)
The Body (feat. Jeremih)

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