Wale, the self-proclaimed "Ambassador of Rap for the Capital," rides high into 2012 with his new album, Ambition. Fusing DC’s homegrown go-go genre with hip-hop sensibility, Wale takes samples from all genres and blends them together with lyrical dexterity. After emerging onto the local DC hip hop scene with the help of WKYS-FM’s DJ Alizay, Wale began getting radio play with the single,“Rhyme of the Century.” Buzz from this underground single gained so much momentum that Wale got featured in the “Unsigned Hype” section of Source magazine in June 2005.
A true hometown hero, Wale was born to Nigerian immigrant parents in Washington, DC. He grew up on Peabody Street in Northwest DC and later moved to Largo, Maryland as a teenager. He went to Robert Morris College and Virginia State University on football scholarships, and then Bowie State University but dropped out in 2004 to pursue music full-time. Before music started paying the bills, Wale worked day jobs at Sprint, Up Against The Wall and Downtown Locker Room.