Wale’s talent was discovered by a local DJ and in 2003 he had his first airplay with the song “Rhyme of the Century.” Soon after, Source Magazine included him in its Unsigned Hype Column. The rapper continued honing his skilling, and in 2006 he signed with Studio 43. With this outfit, the rapper’s popularity grew in Washington D.C./Maryland and Virginia. He soon caught the attention of producer and DJ Mark Ronson, known for working with the likes of Christina Aguilera and Amy Winehouse. From this point on, the rest was history! Rapper Wale is truly one of the most ingenious rappers. His unique style makes his music unmistakable and the music itself is amazing! Ever since his first airplay with “Rhyme of the Century,” and his first major project “The Mixtape About Nothing,” Wale has blessed the hip hop world with incredible music. From having chart-topping songs and albums, being nominated for a Grammy award to performing in President Obama’s state of the nation address, Wale’s career can only be described with one word- success! In this article, we review some of the rappers best songs.
Dig Dug (2005)
This track was arguably the one that propelled Wale into fame in his local hometown Washington D.C. The track draws inspiration Ronald “Dig Dug” Dixon, a percussion player for the North East go-go band. Indeed, producer Southeast Slim features them in the song’s beat. In Dig Dug, Wale spits four clever verses paying homage to his city and dropping a reference or two to Nike Sb. So well was this piece received that it received radio airwave time without being promoted and propelled Wale in a local celebrity, paving the way to his future success. Dig Dug cannot be left out in any discussion about the rapper’s best hits.
The Chicago Falcon Remix ft. the Budos Band(2008)
Having already made a name for his rapping genius, this is the song that convinced the big name records about his talent, propelling Wale into the big leagues. So good was this song that shortly after its release a 6-month long bidding war erupted, with Wale getting offers from large records such as DefJam and Interscope. With a smooth, flowing yet perky beat one cannot help but bop their heads to the beats of the song. The beat does not distract from Wales talented poetry in this song. The funky, faced paced beats coupled with Wales talent are the reason that this song has got to feature as one of his best works.
Chain Music (2011)
Wale deals with his humble beginnings, having to work hard to gain recognition in the rap world in this track. He dismisses women that take advantage of men just for material wealth, all the while impressing the message that rappers have to work had to become successful with its vocal undertone that says “work, work, work.” The song is short and straight to the point because the message is equally straightforward. In this song Wane’s rapping maturity is evident in the well-balanced track. Chain music does not disappoint!
“Varsity Blues” (2011)
This one shines a light on Wale’s sporting background. For those that may not know, Wale was a great football player in high school and following his graduation was awarded a sports scholarship to college. His knowledge of the sporting world, particularly football shines on this track. Through rap, he deals with the inherent discrimination in college football against black football players. He laments that black football players are almost treated like tools with their value only seen as the fact that they can play and abandoned when they get injured. The track reflects the fact that Wale can tackle sensitive issues through his talent, and is definitely worth a listen.
“The Kramer” (2008)
This installation by Wales could be a coded reference to his childhood being raised partly in the suburbs of Washington D.C. It tells the story of an African American kid’s powerlessness as he grows up amongst white teenagers that were ignorant in their racial sensitivity. He narrates a situation where the teens use the ‘n’ word on him leaving unaware of what to and powerless. The story is told over a go-go drum beat, that almost reflects the frustration that kid must have endured. This songs deep theme resonates with the African American struggle and is executed cleverly. It is definitely one of Wale’s best.