Some People Hate.

On Friday night, I came across this article on Wale in the Washington City Paper. I took one look at the title, “#waleflail”, and already knew what to expect. Just another pretentious dick spewing hate because it’s the easiest thing to do. Wale is his own worst enemy, but his insecurity is what drives him. It’s fine if you don’t fuck with that, but don’t blow a bunch of hot, snarky and inaccurate air. That’s why I hate the media. You can read my response below….

This isn’t journalism at all.

Not only is this article drenched in bias, it isn’t even accurate. The commercial performance of Wale’s debut had nothing to do with it’s quality, it was a matter of availability. I remember having to journey to Largo to find it during that first week, and I wasn’t alone. Interscope mishandled the rollout of Attention Deficit, and Wale as an artist in general. While the album covered many topics, it’s no more “schizophrenic” than your article. With “90210”, the album issued a cautionary tale. With “Shades”, Wale explored the delicate topic of the black community’s color complex and his own insecurities growing up in America with immigrant parents. On “Diary”, he flexed his poetry muscles while crafting a song that every young black female needs to hear. Twice. Though the production was slightly different than what people were used to hearing, the rhymes weren’t. The rhymes have never changed, and maybe you don’t see the value because you don’t care, they’re either over your head or you just can’t relate.

It’s no secret that people don’t like Wale, and the fact that he rubs people the wrong way triggers them to hate on his music. You seem to fall into this category. His need to respond to anything negative said about him on Twitter comes from a burning desire to be liked by everyone. That’s exactly why he goes so hard for this area. The truth is that Wale could never be DC’s “rap savior” because the area he loves so much doesn’t love him back. If anything, he carries the cross for a place where the “crabs in a barrel” mentality runs rampant. Let’s be real, it’s tough to get love in a city like DC where people are as quick to dismiss you as they are to congratulate you. Wale might actually be better off if he stopped repping DC so hard and just did what he wanted to do, but that won’t happen.

Because of his vulnerability, Wale is an easy target. It’s difficult to be thrust into a spotlight you might not be prepared for, and even he seems to be aware of this. Check “Center of Attention” off of his debut for that. He might tire people with his rants, but it comes from a desire to be the best that he can be. He actually cares about the product he’s putting out and how it’s received. That’s what ambition is all about. Also, not to say he’s on the same path at all, but Jay-Z didn’t get it right until his third album. His first album was brilliant, but sailed over heads. His second album tried to appeal to the times, but still had revealing gems like “You Must Love Me”. It finally clicked on Vol.2, when he was damn near 30 years old.

Congrats, Mr. Noz. This is Basement Virgin journalism at it’s finest. At least Byron Crawford is funny. If you’re that bothered by Wale, why not show him how insignificant you find him by ignoring him? Wale paid for UCB to join him on the Blueprint 3 Tour out of his own pocket, and in the process spent more money than he made on the tour trying to take DC’s culture nationwide. He’s still trying to use his platform to do for others, while you have a platform to say something valid and you’re wasting it.


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