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Wale Reveals Inspiration Behind "Ambition" Album, Addresses Lazy Listeners
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posted August 01, 2011 at 2:17PM EDT

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Exclusive: Wale speaks about what he has to prove to you, and why today's youth are lazy in their pursuits, so he's giving them ambition to be the best and have the best.
Say what you will about Wale Folarin; he claims that he can take whatever you dish out. In fact the greater Washington DC native is hoping that you do your best to take him down. There appears to be a fire in Wale's belly

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this is what I like Wale the most. DX: Really? Wale: I’m putting out 10 new songs when I get up to a million follower on Twitter . I love it. Tyga "Careless World: Rise Of The Last King" Tracklist. I want everybody to watch this time.com . everybody. all over the album. Chris Brown Says Working With Lil Wayne Is "Incredible. I just keep chopping the records. he is trying to get people to listen and understand that he’s still that same Wale . some classic shit. Machine Gun Kelly Speaks On Collaborating With DMX open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API New hot app: Facebook Albums To PDF pdfcrowd.just now with an improved label situation and a 600 Mercedes Benz. Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 2/5/2012 50 Cent Performs "Wait Until Tonight" On "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Odd Future "OF Tape Vol.something Wale's recently justified. but also an arrogant demeanor at times . The vigor that I had with 100 Miles & Running is like. DX: You’ve been doing this for a while now. I’m working vigorously. In this pinnacle year for Wale. "Yo. .Ambition. I’m mentally getting right. the emcee is getting known not only for his lyrical abilities. What kind of pressure you feel coming out of DC nowadays? Wale: I love it. Wale dropped the critically acclaimed mixtape 100 Miles & Running with Nick Catchdubs. whatever. Slaine Featured DJ Whoo Kid Recalls Big Pun Pulling An Uzi On Him Chris Brown Says Working With Lil Wayne Is "Incredible. According to a recent conversation with HipHopDX at an Atlanta listening event. But it seems your city is still pretty much on your shoulders. 2" Cover Art Revealed. DX had a moment to catch up with Wale to talk about the LP. it’s the best music I’ve ever made in my life and I mean that. I’m back to the old me. It’s been too… I feel like I’m one of the best. A little more than four years ago. entitled. And I got a lot of freestyles. Nas & Wale Featured 2. Jay-Z Performs "Glory" During Carnegie Hall Show.this year that can’t be calmed and naysayers seem to only increase its intensity. HipHopDX: How far along are you on Ambition? Wale: It been done. we is working. Wale is back on his grind to show and prove to the doubtful that he’s well-aware of what he’s doing." Planning Music Videos Blacastan To Release "The Master Builder Part II" Double-Album. please. getting physically right." A lot of niggas is nice.what else? . his dedication to culture. you know? And I wanna give my fans a reason to brag now like. I’m just tryin' to take it up a notch like. and lazy listeners. Due March 20th Timbaland & Missy Elliott To Both Release Albums In June Vado Talks Origins Of "Slime Flu 2. His stellar performance on this spring’s Maybach Music Group compilation Self-Made was a taste of what he has in store for his second studio album due in November." Speaks On Collabs With Justin Bieber 5." Speaks On Collabs With Justin Bieber MOST POPULAR NEWS Today Past Week Past Month 1. not playing no more. DJ Whoo Kid Recalls Big Pun Pulling An Uzi On Him 3. Since jumping the Interscope ship and landing in Rozay’s Maybach.[songs not from] the album. Reading more. If you’ve ever heard my name. Celebrates New York With Alicia Keys & Nas 4. you don’t have to do it ever again in my career but watch this time. Working out.

Reveals He Nearly Quit Rap For God 29 Machine Gun Kelly Speaks On Collaborating With DMX open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API New hot app: Facebook Albums To PDF pdfcrowd. "You know what? Wale make that… Psssh… Man… For real. Garvey. DC natives even say it’s a city full of haters. I want it forever! Fuck the money.. whether you in school… We gotta get on our shit! Our parents ain’t have no m'fuckin' e-mail. m'fuckers had to memorize numbers and… The least we can do is grind! How many young Lyor Cohens you see? How many young Diddys you see? None! A lot of young niggas is in it right now as if they only wanna be in it temporarily. I love this nigga's music. or a Styles P. It’s all God’s work man. 2" Cover Art Revealed. be all. or anybody that’s been around but it’s just. They don’t. Due March 20th Copywrite Says That His Beefing Days Are Over.. We work with a lot of ‘em.com . You. I’m not stupid. A lot of people would kill to be where you at. "Okay. whether you selling dope. you playing basketball." you know? He’s somebody I felt like could’ve been a Bun [B]. DX: What’s your mindset on Ambition? Wale: End all. I want to have this conversation with everybody who asks me that question. I got an OG in DC! I grew up listening to him! To me [he] was [like] Jay-Z and all that… So I look at a guy like Big Wax like. Wale: We get nothing but love back home. For years. Whether you in the league. I want niggas to say." The temporary Today Past Week Past Month 255 89 35 34 Tyga "Careless World: Rise Of The Last King" Tracklist. The time wasn’t right you know? So you know that’s why we work with niggas like that. like Black Cobain and Fatz Da Big Fella. I just like to play around. fuck the fame. That’s how I feel. Nas & Wale Featured DJ Whoo Kid Recalls Big Pun Pulling An Uzi On Him Odd Future "OF Tape Vol. DX: Why do you think it is that you’re the one rapper out of DC that “made it”? Wale: God’s work. DC’s got a lot of talent.MOST DISCUSSED NEWS DX: Man. on Twitter. "Why Wale…" I love it. We sold out two shows on New Years Eve in like. the OG Big Wax. Wale. I’ma help Wax put out his project when the album is done. weirdo shit…know what I’m saying? Young niggas don’t want shit but "now. Boobie. It’s just like. You. everybody is all like. It’s a stepping stone. right? But you would kill seven motherfuckers to get to where you wanna go in your mind. I just like everybody to talk. Niggas our age are so consumed in the now. DX: What was the culture like for you out there around the time you started writing? Wale: There’s a lot of talented guys out of DC man." Young niggas don’t aspire to be legendary no more. That’s why they do little akee shit. That’s why they follow trends. 15 minutes. for real. Young niggas really gotta get on they shit.

Wale: Trust me. GIVEAWAYS Fred The Godson x HipHopDX Ticket Giveaway Enter For A Chance To Win A Pair Of Tickets & Dope Giveaways! Saul Williams Giveaway Enter for a chance to win a copy of Volcanic Sunlight & a Playbutton. how ‘bout lil’ Wale that had “DC Chillin’” two years ago. When you allow yourself to listen to it. I love Hip Hop music. If I could write a million songs and never be heard. I’m not stopping. like. how ‘bout lil’ Wale is that smart to know that. More Giveaways → open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API New hot app: Facebook Albums To PDF pdfcrowd. Not obsess over being famous.the real fans . Like for real. I know what I’m doing. there’s always somebody in front of you. I try to top the last nigga she dated. DX: A lot of people think you shine on that album. why is this backpack nigga rolling with some trap niggas?" Man. Always somebody in front of you. let me show y’all niggas I can do whatever. Go! I want it all! Listen. But when you get caught up in.com . Trust a nigga.riches. I want that shit. Self Made [Volume 1] . I pray every night.’ DX: Were you raised to think like that? Wale: Nah… "They" turned me into this monster." know what? Now I want all y’all shit! Now I want all y’all niggas to hear me! ‘Cause y’all thought…y’all not saying I’m one of the best new niggas? I want everybody to motherfucking listen and I want you to compare this record to that record. I do this shit for the Hip Hop DXs…in every profession. "Aiight. I want you to compare these lines to those lines. I’m working relentlessly. I just want… I obsess over being great. I wanna be great. I try and top my last physical performance. girls. please…" ‘Cause I’m not stupid. everybody fucking listen now. That’s the underlying theme. I grew up around trap niggas. Trust a nigga young. that’s what Ambition is.they know my heart. That’s what we striving for. ‘I’m great. I want them. y’all. I’m rapping. Temporary riches is nothing to forever glory. whatever like. "They" did. I try and top my last gesture. ‘Cause when I did my first album [Attention : Deficit]. that ain’t nothing to me. If I’m in love. I want the forever glory. Trust me. How many niggas is doing this for the culture? The funny thing about it is. Just sports. so be it. DX: Do you feel like that theme comes from your background? Wale: I applied it my life. I’m aspiring. that’s the common denominator. that's what you’d say. All y’all gotta do is trust me. "Let me rub shoulders with… let me make songs to…" ‘Cause all y’all gon’ listen to is the shit I been trying to do since 100 Miles & Running. I want the forever. I want you to compare this flow to that flow. It’s just my nature. but if they’re considered great. the nigga love Hip Hop music. even dating a woman. My real fans . I can go to sleep every night like. I do this for the culture. "Well. cool. "God please let these people know my heart.

here’s your label. DX: What kind of pressure are you feeling even being affliated with Rick Ross? Wale: I want it! Listen: my first album. "Here’s your budget money. There’s people at my label that say. what’s up?" I let the industry talk." I want it now! Because the music is that good. For the first time in my life… Imagine a nigga. "I just left Interscope [Records]." Where as Interscope was… "You stand with this person. "I’ve never seen a person do this…" I had to go to the doctor.com . I can handle it. Make whatever music you want. all they used to ask me was. so when the idea of MMG came about." No. you know.DX: You’ve known Rick Ross for a while anyway though. my thoughts and my heartwith the world "over there" [at Allido/Interscope Records]. I’m used to it. I had my situation… I was signed to [Maybach Music Group/Warner Brothers Records] before niggas even knew I left Interscope. my passion. "Son. I promise you. He said. And it’s time to work. wanting to paint and only being able to paint with black and red. for his whole life. that’s all he knows and that’s all he can paint with. I wasn’t doing this stuff for 26 years but I feel like I never got to share my emotions. "Stop. I let everybody do what they had to do. "Yo…slow down. And imagine you say. and now you make my album. I’m too ambitious for that. I had a situation on the table I should say. you do that. and he told me to stop. DX: No? open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API New hot app: Facebook Albums To PDF pdfcrowd. DX: Can you name the producers on this LP? Wale: I don’t want to. I can’t. He’d been heralding your skills for a minute. I’ma give you infinite colors to paint with…" You know how many pictures gon’ be painted? 26 years worth of painting in infinite colors. I mean Ross theorietically said." They gave me medicine like. but a lot of niggas was talking… I could’ve went on Twitter like. "Well. And hurry up too. "Do you feel pressure being from DC?" I was like. That’s how I feel. you go there by yourself. was it a given that you’d be on? Wale: There were a lot of things on the table and I don’t wanna throw nobody under the bus." This shit is like I got a blank canvas with a million colors. you 26 years old now.

Anyway… You had a tweet earlier this week where you said you may do an “Ambitious Girls 2. that’s my story. know what I’m saying? Like if you write in your diary about something painful. like. but for some reason I stopped and said. they ain’t know no English. that’s not fair. it’s not even their fault because the environment that they were brought up in.com . I feel you my nigga. Every time I try to get him straight … I’m not rich nigga. You helped me get through a lot of stuff in my life. I was leaving. it doesn’t evoke that.” Wale: Yeah. I can’t be at ease knowing that. nothing when they came to this country. I got cousins in Nigeria that don’t have anything. we fended for ourselves but we analyzed the whole…but this shit means the world to me. You might not know but I’m a lot like you. But you make me feel unincluded with “Ambitious Girl. I ain’t no trap nigga. if don’t nobody else do… I feel you my nigga. been in prison for two years. Just like I can’t be at ease overly stuntin’. Both of my parents from Africa. This black culture means so much to me. but he in and out. But it’s niggas going through shit… It’s niggas that I know. and I don’t really be paying attention. It’s all fun. So if I get my shit to my level where everybody’s listening. That’s not fair and I love niggas music but you got an opportunity… And then. DX: Is it? Wale: Yeah. DX: Oh okay. Absolutely. The only thing you can do is reflect on it lightly but… That’s what those two are. This is what I come from.”" I ain’t sleep that night. I’m gonna use it the way I deem necessary. in DC and suburban Maryland.Wale: That’s a…that’s a dated question. you probably can’t read it. I’m just letting it be known that. but I’m tryin' get him straight. I’m gonna use it. This is the shit I go through. I ain’t no drug nigga. I did a show in Mississippi and there was a girl who came up to me after my show. "Wale. I know what it’s like. I just be tryin' to get out. but these are my friends. I got something even bigger than that called “The Illest Bitch Alive. like…some niggas have the opportunity to say way more than they’re saying. It’s all partying. Know what I’m saying. They grinded. I’m a big fan of you and I love your music. Me and my brother. he go back in.” I got two songs on the album that I can’t listen to. this is my environment. my best friend. "How you doing?" She says. I’m not judging off how anybody else is using it. you gotta skip it. open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API New hot app: Facebook Albums To PDF pdfcrowd. This black culture? This all I know.

it’s about trying to get one. MORE NEWS ON HIPHOPDX Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 2/5/2012 DJ Whoo Kid Recalls Big Pun Pulling An Uzi On Him Slum Village Announce Reunion And New LP." You dummy. I ain’t rich. You see me in the [WorldStarHipHop. "Yo… '600 Benz' isn’t about a car.com .I got friends who got parents on [drugs]. There were three 600 Benzes at the video shoot. 2" Cover Art Revealed. I talk about that. Those are the emotions. but it’s about grinding to get one. I’ll tell you in my verse first. “600 Benz” is aspiring to get the 600 [Mercedes] Benz. It’s gon’ be hard to get that pain. yeah. God willin’. they’da been like. but I got one. Ross gave me the 600. Due March 20th 50 Cent Performs "Wait Until Tonight" On "Jimmy Kimmel Live" SHARE THIS open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API New hot app: Facebook Albums To PDF pdfcrowd. But that’s not what it’s about. it’s about drive. People are so lazy now. “I been grinding / ‘Cause I been saving / For that Benz…” Y’all listening? When did they stop listening? When did they stop? ‘Cause I promise you if I woulda said that on a Statik [Selektah] or a 9th Wonder beat. I ain’t get it.com video] shit with the 600. dig into… My favorite rapper of all time is Jay-Z. "Fantastic Volume 3" Odd Future "OF Tape Vol. It’s about ambition. All my niggas may be rich. If I never do it again. I’m getting there now but by my next album I may be in a financially better place where I can’t even dig down. His most intimate album was Volume 1: [In My Lifetime]. this is gonna be the album right here where I’m gonna you know.

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I am interested in the music he's gonna put out... leave a comment b elow.ADD NEW COMMENT Got an account with one of these? Log in here.Bro Posted 6 months ago | Reply » Lisa: Wale Posted 6 months ago | Reply » Facebook Kashif Ilyas Wale sounds really focused. or just enter your info and one moment.. * required field COMMENTS Your Name * kljh: 39 POSTS i love u and u doin good out there . After reading this interview.... u better stay up there Your Email * love bumblebeee/kenn Posted 2 Website Your months ago | Reply » kljh: i love u walee Your Comment: Posted 2 months ago | Reply » Realniggashit: Wale keep pushing and stay focus on what you say when you make it to the top. u look good on the top . Posted 6 months ago | Reply » open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API New hot app: Facebook Albums To PDF pdfcrowd..com ..

Gotta learn to live with regrets (jay-z version) Posted 6 months ago | Reply » Anonymous: Whats with rappers and pretty much everybody in hollywood throwing up that 666 hand sign Wale is doing with his right hand? Posted 6 months ago | Reply » vj: your a dumbass enough said Posted 6 months ago s2dak: i'll second that. Eh. he stayed humble.Mr Flamboyant: What was that one mixtape he had? Much about nothing or something like that? Well damn.com .. And I am mad at the time I can't get back. go back to nickelodeon.. I had to stop reading this mess.. MARTYR Posted 6 months ago | Reply » amp: this nigga sound like he off his head in the interview Posted 6 months ago | Reply » Anonymous: wale a problem for real cant wait for the album im for sure coppin it! Posted 6 months ago | Reply » open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API New hot app: Facebook Albums To PDF pdfcrowd. dumbass. niggaz from the city hated on him. kept grinding and now he's shitting on them. Posted 5 months ago Ayatollah: When he first came out. you shouldn't be on this site..who thought he would carry that same title for the concept of this interview.

com . i was feelin the exact same Posted 6 months ago Anonymous: wale is hungry and full of talent i llok forward to his album more than any other rapper in the game Posted 6 months ago | Reply » FromDat202: Wale is hype and happy as shit. Can't yall tell? It's like Ocho Cinco going to the open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API New hot app: Facebook Albums To PDF pdfcrowd.Facebook Coaster Geist boy this man never cease to amaze me to be down w/ according to him "trap niggas" and stay lyrically above the planet is beyond Folarin keep it up God Posted 6 months ago | Reply » Anonymous: Does this dude ever stfu? Posted 6 months ago | Reply » damn: i dont like the dude but that nigga is really deep. shit and yeah im high im very deep myself thats why i know he deep holla if u deep(and/or high) wtf? Posted 6 months ago | Reply » bmoc: lol Posted 6 months ago Anonymous: the funniest comment ive heard on this site. period.

Which is hard... You can tell a lot about a person based on who they listen to. And slim ain't gonna disappoint.. Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API New hot app: Facebook Albums To PDF pdfcrowd. Be humble my guy. The greatest fake it till you make it rapper since Biggie. Posted 6 months ago | Reply » Anonymous: Had to stop reading that interview. That's all I can say. Wale. Posted 6 months ago | Reply » Anonymous: Iâ​(TM)m not rich nigga... I felt like I was getting dumber by the sentence. You'll either get praised beyond belief or slaughtered beyond recognition.fuck da haters. After Self Made.com . niggaz wanna hear what he got to say. Do ya thing Wale.. Now all you gotta do is make good music... We'll see. open in browser PRO version The Biggie. the city ain't on ya back. You're in the position you need to be in. the city is by ya side runnin' wit' you!! COP AMBITION WHEN IT DROPS! Posted 6 months ago | Reply » Facebook Everett Da Amin Rucker I can tell Wale is gonna be on fire this go around Posted 6 months ago | Reply » WhatEvs: Whale...Wale is hype and happy as shit. Jay Z. Rick Ross fans are your fake it till you make it homies..he in a good position and REALLY has something to prove this go round. Can't yall tell? It's like Ocho Cinco going to the Patriots. Posted 6 months ago | Reply » Anonymous: Now the Jay Z favorite rapper comment makes sense. So why do you and your crew run around faking it.. Fake niggas love fake things.

fuckin dumbass people smh Posted 6 months ago Mo Betta: My n!gga is hungry. Posted 6 months ago Anonymous: Wale is not fake at all lmao he doesnt rock chains he doesnt flash his jewelry. DMV behind ya son.. Posted 6 months ago | Reply » Its Um: hoping that the next one is truely your best. Posted 6 months ago | Reply » Facebook Edi Kajmolli chillllll lazy listeners is the reason you got a fan base Posted 6 months ago | Reply » vj: "Lazy Listeners is the reason you got fans" Shut the fuck up dude Have you even ever listened to a Wale song before because if you did you would Know how dumb of a comment that was on your part.com . No wonder you suck. open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API New hot app: Facebook Albums To PDF pdfcrowd..The Biggie. Jay Z. Ambition on the way.Wale sends clothes and stuff to his family back in Nigeria. You know them. Rick Ross fans are your fake it till you make it homies. Im buying just as many as I did the last time giving 'em out for christmas or somethinglet's go. Posted 6 months ago Anonymous: His favorite rapper is Jay Z. the passion and desire is exuding from Wale in this interview. Im proud of ya man.. He is one of the few REAL artist in the game.

u aint THAT nice Posted 6 months ago | Reply » ← Previous Page Page 1 of 2 More Comments → © 2012 Cheri Media Group All Rights Reserved Home | Hip Hop News | Hip Hop Videos | Hip Hop Singles | Hip Hop Mixtapes | Album Reviews Interviews | Editorials | DX Next | Release Dates | Hitlists | Contests Facebook | MySpace | Twitter Contact Us | Staff | Internships | Advertising | Sitemap | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy djbooth Jason Caesar . but calm down..cant wait! Posted 6 months ago | Reply » Wale is too cocky: wow.such a boring interview wale is nice.com .....The Other Guy SHARE THIS PAGE » open in browser PRO version Are you a developer? Try out the HTML to PDF API New hot app: Facebook Albums To PDF pdfcrowd.Posted 6 months ago | Reply » Oh J: Ambition on the way.