Wale Net Worth & Biography

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Introduction

Wale is a Nigerian-American rapper and songwriter. He first rose to prominence in 2006, when his song "Dig Dug (Shake It)" became popular in his hometown. Wale became locally recognized and continued recording music for the regional audience. Wale met producer Mark Ronson in 2006 and joined Ronson's label, Allido Records, in 2007.

While signed to that label, Wale released several mixtapes and appeared in national media including MTV and various Black-American-focused magazines. A song called "Ridin' in That Black Joint" was featured in the popular video game Saints Row 2's soundtrack in 2008. As of , Wale has an estimated net worth of about $5M.

At a Glance

Full name: Olubowale Victor Akintimehin

Other names: Ralph Folarin, Wale

Birthday: September 21, 1984

Age:

Net worth: $5M

Occupation: Rapper, Songwriter

Nationality: United States of America

Net Worth

$5M

Wale's parents are originally from Yoruba ethnic group of southwestern Nigeria and they moved from Austria to the United States in 1979. As a child, Wale had very little opportunities. He made use of his natuaral talent in music and worked hard to be successful. He was able to build a stable career in rap music and make a great portfolio. As of , Wale has an estimated net worth of about $5M.

Early Life

Olubowale Victor Akintimehin was born on September 21, 1984, in Northwest, Washington, D.C.. His parents were both from the Yoruba ethnic group of southwestern Nigeria, and both of them came from Austria to the United States in 1979.

Wale's family first lived in Northwest, Washington, D.C., and then moved to Montgomery County, when Wale was 10. In 2002, he graduated from the Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and moved to Largo, Maryland in Prince George's County. Wale attended Robert Morris University and Virginia State University on football scholarships, then transferred to Bowie State University.

However, he dropped out due to academic reasons. Wale's love of the game of football and the Washington Redskins has led to a longstanding rumor that Wale had a tattoo of tight end Chris Cooley. He's also the cousin of actor Gbenga Akinnagbe, who is best known as for playing Chris Partlow on HBO's The Wire.

Favorite Quotes from Wale

“Mix-tapes are something that has been going on for a while. They’ve been pretty important to hip-hop for the past 10 years. It’s the way we advertise our music to the public for free.” – Wale
“I want to be on a show that’s not sensitive to racial jokes; I want to be on one where they call me everything and I call them right back. There’s blatant racism going both ways. That’s what we need.” – Wale
“There are certain things that can be asked that get me excited. It’s never a thing where I think I’m too good, I’m just the type of person who likes to be enlightened. I don’t like to go through the motions.” – Wale
“Everything’s pretty consistent in the industry, you know. There’s a couple of naysayers, whatever, people who don’t agree. But for the most part, a lot of people believe in the new class of MC’s that coming to the game.” – Wale
“You don’t necessarily pick the singles that you want when you’re making a record, but for the most part, it’s the same process. You’re the artist – you make the music that you want to make.” – Wale

Career

Wale's first recorded track, called "Rhyme of the Century", became his first song to ever be played on the local radio. In 2006, he was featured in the "Unsigned Hype" column of The Source magazine, and later signed to a local label, Studio 43.

The track, called "Dig Dug (Shake It)" became popular in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, and was a tribute to Ronald "Dig Dug" Dixon, who was a percussion player for the go-go band Northeast Groovers.

The song became the most requested song by a local artist in Washington D.C. radio history and Wale was the first local artist to get some BDS spins since DJ Kool in the early 1990s. The song was included in Wale's first mixtape, Paint a Picture.

In July 2006, Wale found representation in Daniel Weisman, a former club DJ and promoter who had no previous experience in management. Weisman had been tipped off about the rapper by a friend in Washington, D.C. and connected with him through Myspace.

In September 2006, after dropping another go-go influenced single, called "Breakdown" (sampled from Huck-A-Bucks "Sexy Girl") has been getting a mention on The Washington Post, Wale released his first non-go-go original single, called "Uptown Roamers". On September 14, 2006, "Uptown Roamers" debuted on XM Radio Channel 66, where it's been played twice in one day.

In January 2007, Wale released a new single to radio called "Good Girls" produced by Gerard Thomas and Demario Bridges for TeamMusicGroup(LeTroy Davis). Wale later appeared on Mark Ronson's remix of Lily Allen's "Smile" and was a headliner on Ronson's UK tour that year promoting Ronson's second album Version.

Wale released his third mixtape, 100 Miles & Running, on July 11, 2007, as a free download on his Myspace page. This mixtape includes features from Mark Ronson, Daniel Merriweather, Amy Winehouse, and Lily Allen. It was released on the same day as his performance at the Highline Ballroom, in Manhattan.

The Highline show was to promote the US release of Mark Ronson's album and included performances by Mark Ronson, Wale, Saigon, and Daniel Merriweather. Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Maroon 5, Clive Davis, Eve and Danny Masterson were all in attendance.

In 2008, Wale signed with Interscope Records for $1.3 million, and his debut album Attention Deficit was released in 2009 with the singles "Chillin", "Pretty Girls", and "World Tour". The album, although under-shipped, received positive reviews from critics. In early 2011, Wale signed with Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group, where members of the label released a compilation album, Self Made Vol. 1 on May 23, 2011.

His second studio album, Ambition was released November 1, 2011, with mixed reviews. His third studio album, The Gifted, was released on June 25, 2013, to mainly positive reviews; it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. His second Billboard number one album The Album About Nothing was released on March 31, 2015.

In 2018, Wale released three EPs titled It's Complicated, Self-Promotion and Free Lunch.

In 2019, Wale released his sixth studio album Wow... That's Crazy, with the album's lead single "On Chill" released on July 12, 2019. It was met with positive reviews and spent 23 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at No. 22.