Born September 21, 1984, Olubowale Victor Folarin better known as Wale is known for his clever lyrics and smooth flow in the hip hop world. Although he was born and mostly raised in Washington D.C., Wale and his family moved to Maryland when the future rapper was ten years of age. He attended Quince Orchard High School and later attended both Robert Morris College and Virginia State University on football scholarships. He later transferred a third time to Bowie State but dropped out to pursue his love for music and his rap career. In 2003, Wale recorded "Rhyme of the century" and signed to a deal with a local label in 2006. His next song "Dig Dug (Shake It) became the most requested song in D.C. by a local artist in radio history. It was later included in his first mixtape, "Paint a Picture." After being spoke about in the "Unsigned Hype" column in Source magazine and his music being requested frequently, Wale's name started to spread around the DJ scene. A former club DJ Daniel Weisman heard his talent and represented Wale, releasing his first original single "Uptown Roamers." After making a couple more mixtapes, he was known and branded as a new and upcoming clever lyricist. These connections led him to Mark Ronson, who worked with Lily Allen. Wale supported Ronson on his U.K. Tour and in 2008 after rejecting big labels like Def Jam and Atlantic Records, he signed to Ronson's Allido Records. After releasing his debut "Attention Deficit" he earned the 21st spot on Billboard Hot 200 chart on the first week of sale. However, due to the low number of sales Daniel Weisman Wale's manager, claimed that Interscope didn't ship enough copies of the album. Nevertheless, promotional efforts continued with national tour and one more mix tape release. Later Wale parted ways with Interscope and signed with Rick Ross Maybach Music Group. With his new team, Wale began the recording of "Ambition," his second studio album in Atlanta, Georgia. He kicked off the tour for the album in October with opening acts such as Meek Mill, Pusha T, and J. Cole. His first single from the new album is called "Lotus Flower Bomb". He also released snippet sampler of the whole album on October 27, 2011 and later held a private listening party at the Gansevoort Hotel of Chelsea New York. The album hit the shelves on November 1, 2011, selling 162,600 copies in the first week and sitting at number two on Hot 200.
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