With his solo debut album ‘Ambition’Â on the way, Wale stops to talk to Rolling Out magazine on his music and his fans.Wale shows us Â that he is indeed in search of a Hip Hop Masterpiece.
The Maybach Music Group member addresses rumors andÂ discusses his love and dedication to his female fans and making his music cater to them, what kind of woman he looks for, and even criticism on his lack of dark skinned women in his music video “Pretty Girls”.
He tells Rolling Out: â€˜I would rather lose everything than to have my queens think Iâ€™m turning my back on them. Check inside for an excerpt from the interview.
On how he is able to balance the risque songs such as â€œNo Handsâ€ with inspirational tracks such as â€œDiaryâ€ for his female following:
I want to be an advocate for the women. I may say some wild things, but thatâ€™s our time to have fun. But I stand for fixing the world our way. Letâ€™s add spice to this and change the world. I believe women should go to school to network with others who will change the world. Iâ€™m encouraging. Iâ€™m a part of the problem, but I want to be a part of the clean up. â€œNo Handsâ€ is the party and â€œAmbitious Girlsâ€ is the clean up. We can have fun, but I hope youâ€™re getting up and going to class. I donâ€™t want to get in the way of that. That [is] something you have to do. For two years, I had to walk around with about $15 in my account. That was my time. I left school and had to get on my grind. I was about 21. Now show me you can work the system for four or five years and continue to do your thing.
On catching flack for not having dark-skinned females in his â€œPretty Girlsâ€ video
It wasnâ€™t about that, but it showed me what I meant to the black culture. That made me realize that people hold me at a higher regard. That was when I knew I had to make a change. For â€œPretty Girls,â€ I didnâ€™t go on set until there were dark-skinned girls at the video shoot. I was waiting. The most horrible feeling in the world, was that my women think that I donâ€™t care about them. Iâ€™d rather go broke than for my black women to think that I donâ€™t care about them. I would rather lose everything than to have my queens think Iâ€™m turning my back on them. I was the only kid in my neighborhood with a father. And thatâ€™s because Iâ€™m African and they donâ€™t divorce. It messed me up. When I was in Mississippi, a girl told me she had her first child at 16. So I made a song called â€œIllest Bâ€”- Alive.â€ Thereâ€™s a special place in my heart for black girls. If youâ€™re black and have a black mother, you know how special they are.
On what he finds most attractive in a woman
I like girls who can get the intellect popping. Instead of liking me just because I rap, I like girls who can ask about where I was mentally when I thought of making a certain record. I can find a nice amount of girls who think Iâ€™m attractive or whatever, but intellect is very important. â€œLotus Flower Bombâ€ was a record that I wanted to create a long time ago. Iâ€™m not sure if radio was ready for that at the time. Thatâ€™s kind of an adult vibe. I was 23 when I was writing my first project. I was doing what I was told to do instead of doing what my heart told me to do.
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