Wale Performs at President Obama’s State of the Union Address, Announces Fifth Album ‘Shine’


Wale opened President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address (the first rapper to open an SOTU) for a special performance at the White House viewing party on Tuesday (Jan. 12). The DMV MC ran through a string of his hits including “Chillin’,” “LoveHate Thing” and “White Shoes” according to clips posted on Twitter. 

Performed at the “State of the Union” .. #SOTU.. —- #shine on the universe . HipHop is limitless . Thank You @WhiteHouse @BarackObama— Wale (@Wale) January 13, 2016

.@Wale brings the crowd at the @WhiteHouse to its feet before President Obama’s last #SOTU pic.twitter.com/lwOOiGTq4l— Shayne Wells (@shaynegwells) January 13, 2016

#SOTU @Wale bringing it at The @WhiteHouse pic.twitter.com/MGNBSfe28n— E. Bomani Johnson (@EBomani) January 13, 2016

There were also shots of Folarin snapping selfies with Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill.

Coach we’ll still make it work @CoachJim4UM … pic.twitter.com/UcUNJoTUWJ— Wale (@Wale) January 13, 2016

The Second Lady of the U.S is with Wale!! —— WALE—— pic.twitter.com/uxJm3Ura7S— Maya (@chocolatina0_0) January 13, 2016

Last year, Wale stopped by 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue twice — once in January as part of the guests for Obama’s gun control speech and again in July, teaming with Michelle Obama as part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative aimed at encouraging every student in America to complete their education beyond high school.

After his performance, Wale also announced the name of his fifth studio effort, the follow-up to his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, 2015’s The Album About Nothing. “My name is Wale. My fifth album. Shine. 2016,” he said.