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April 22, 2009
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Wale from DC to NC

Joshua P. Leak
Joshua P. Leak

Hip Hop is a genre of music that is considered to be ever-evolving. What started with two turntables in the park would turn into a boulder with massive velocity, colliding with every other genre of music in its way.

Contrary to popular belief, hip hop did not have the same origin story in every area. Meet Wale, a 24-year-old D.C./Maryland native and newcomer to this age of hip hop.

He broke into the mainstream with his fusion of his regional love of Go-Go music with hip hop. “We didn’t have turntables,” said Wale during his set.

“Instead we had musicians.”

It wouldn’t be historically incorrect to say that go-go music, which derived from funk, would later aid in the birthing of hip hop in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

Although known locally, his name would begin to travel in 2006 due to the success of his song “Dig Dug” and his first mix tape, “Paint a Picture.”

In 2007, he would join forces with Grammy-Award- winning producer Mark Ronson, who is responsible for the success and sound of Amy Winehouse’s “Fade to Black.” Ronson would ink Wale to a production deal with his Allido Records imprint.

“W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E.,” his rendition of electronic duo Justice’s hit song “D.A.N.C.E.,” would garner him more national attention from a wide span of music listeners.

Clothing sponsorships would come from LRG and 10Deep and the mix tapes would follow until he would announce to fans that he was closing a major distribution deal with Interscope Records.

In preparation for the release of his first album, “Attention Deficit,” Wale is on an eponymous nationwide promotional tour. J. Cole, a North Carolina native and Roc Nation signee, and Colin Munroe also perform on the tour.

Last week during the tour’s stop at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, Wale brought out N. C. Central’s own Patrick “9th Wonder” Douthit to announce that he would be working with 9th Wonder for his upcoming major release.

Wale’s highly anticipated “Back to the Feature” mix tape will feature full production from 9th Wonder.

More information on Wale’s visit www.elitaste.com.

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