November 9 2007
Here is another artist in my series, "Don't Sleep On". His name is Wale and he is a rapper from my old stomping grounds of Washington D.C. I been playing his music on the Rhythm Lab for a while now. I think he is one of the freshest sounding MCs to come out in a long time. He also incorporates the sound of Go-Go into his music.
Go-go is a subgenre of funk which originated in the Washington, D.C. area during the mid- to late-1970s. A handful of bands contributed to the early evolution of the genre, but singer/guitarist Chuck Brown is credited with having developed most of the hallmarks of the style.
He has just appeared on the cover of the latest issue of Urb Magazine along side the French Duo Justice. He is currently working with super producer Mark Ronson (producer behind Amy Winehouse, and Lily Allen). He even opened up this past year's MTV Video Music Awards. He also has mixtape called 100 Miles and Running available as a free download. I see big things for Wale in 2008. Also check out this article in the Washington Post on Wale.
P.S.: Also check out Tabi Bonney. He is another great DC rapper with a style all of his own.
Wale featuring Tawiah - All I Need (produced by Mark Ronson) Tawiah will be another Don't Sleep On artist in the mean check this out.
Wale - Breakdown
Wale - Nike Boots
Budos Band - Chicago Falcon Remix feat. Wale (produce by Eli and Ronson)