It gave me the dedication that I have. He did it, he's our Frank Sinatra, our Rolling Stones. That's the beauty of it. And just from an art standpoint. Baltin: This record came out late last year, but interesting timing to have put out a record that you consider healing when there is so much anxiety and stress. I wouldn't consider myself a media darling or nothing like that so I gotta still try to keep out of trouble. Kelly Price. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images), EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change. Things are happening in that video you gotta see two or three times to say, "Oh, okay, I get it." Seven months later Wale is still making headlines with the collection thanks to the compelling new video for the opening track, "Sue Me" (featuring Kelly Price). I have written for Billboard, Rolling Stone, the L.A. Times, Yahoo, Vice and every other major publication as well as host the Hulu interview series Riffing With and. Baltin: You say you were kicked off the team for insubordination. And maybe I was aiming too low cause obviously this is ten times bigger than an accolade. For him to say it's an amazing song, these are victories I gotta take. ). J. Cole's A Lot sample of East of Underground's I Love You. Baltin: I imagine you take the rituals from football and apply them to music. And as a bonus he was hit up by the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and Rihanna congratulating him on the brilliant "Sue Me" video. He said I don't think you know, but that project, it's special, it just hit me. He's the same person that can go out and have a meeting about prison reform or at this point anything that's going on in society. I ain't judging nobody, but some of us obsess over this and I can definitely say I'm one of them. Main genre: Hip-Hop / Rap / R&B. But I will say the people this song has reached and the people who have told me they're impressed with this it's definitely given me confidence to do something special. Wale: That's the thing. I think a lot of my fans and people that aren't my fans feel like they're a part of this song. It would just be a moment where I feel like everyone can feel like they're a part of it. If "Sue Me" came up in the Pop-Up Video era we would have broke the meter on that joint. But it looks unassuming and like, "Okay, everything's sweet." GO AD-FREE WITH WHOSAMPLED PREMIUM! As Wale tells me when we speak to make that kind of impact is ten times better than any accolade. Baltin: You played college football. Obviously I have goals and stuff, but that record on such a high stage, you can say whatever needs to be said. And that's another part of this art. Rihanna and Swizz Beatz's Famous sample of Sister Nancy's Bam Bam, Future's Mask Off sample of Carlton Williams's Prison Song, XXXTENTACION's Look at Me! He's damn near the president of culture. I'm very dedicated and I'm always going to be one of the hardest workers in the room. Is there one track from this album that would be most meaningful for you to win a Grammy for? That's beautiful to me and I never thought I'd be able to make anything so great that a whole, entire culture would be behind it. I have had countless amazing experiences in music, from tea with Neil Young and hanging in a limo with Stevie Wonder to drinking beer bongs with the Foo Fighters in Vegas and being onstage with Skrillex. And they might be in high-profile positions whereas they don't want nobody to know or they don't want to feel alone in that. Sue Me by Wale feat. I don't go all the way rogue even if I want to. Wale: I made a pact to Kerby I'm not gonna do that. And to win that, or even be nominated with this, would blow me away. That was one of several things we spoke about, from his college football days to his admiration of Jay-Z, who he calls, "Our Frank Sinatra, our Rolling Stones.". Wale: Jay-Z, absolutely. Wale: This one absolutely, I think all of my fans know that. I'm one of those people for better or worse I go through it and everybody watches it. Copyright © 2020 WhoSampled.com Limited. I write about music and the business of music. sample of Mala's Changes, 21 Savage feat. Wale: You can say that right. He's everything we want to be as a young black entrepreneur. Jerry Seinfeld, we talked last night. But on the bright side of that is I help so many people that are going through a lot of anxiety or stress. Listen to both tracks on WhoSampled, the ultimate database of sampled music, cover songs and remixes. I wouldn't be doing Kerby any justice if I told anybody cause there are just so many and they are so important. Wow... That's Crazy Warner 2019. Buy this Track. Wale: This might be generation anxiety and stress, for real! And that meant a lot to me cause Melo's been going through things like people doubting him and stuff like that. I remember that TV show [on VH-1] called Pop-Up Video, it was fun. These are super-legendary people that have done amazing things that are celebrating with me on this body of work that I've done. Baltin: What are some examples of art where you go back and discover new things again and again? Like there might be times I go back and listen to just the arrangement of every song, the non- instruments that are instruments that are making the record sound better. Sign up Sign in. Some don't. That's why I love to write my verses like that. That joint is Easter egg heavy. So I kind of gotta wear it on my sleeve. I literally listen to different things. Sue Me. Kelly Price - discover this song's samples, covers and remixes on WhoSampled. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images). The most important verses to me, you gotta rewind it three or four times to catch an entendre. This is a guy that I've idolized for a long time that I've worked with and he's arguably the most successful entertainer of a generation. Wale: I can answer that literally or metaphorically. Baltin: Can you give me one or two examples of Easter eggs in there you are proudest of? When not writing about music I am hanging with my dog, playing basketball and eating sushi in sunny Southern California. News; Browse; Charts; Submit; 6º Game; GET AD-FREE WHOSAMPLED PREMIUM! Festival at Banc of California Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Wale: I go back and listen to Thriller, which I think is the best album ever created. Report wrong information or missing video, Kanye West feat. Accolades are still cool but I'll take Jerry and Rihanna celebrating with me. You may opt-out by. Baltin: Two hours after the video came out a judge in Elkton identify and transfer out medically vulnerable prisoners. In October of last year Grammy-nominated rapper Wale released his superb sixth studio album, Wow...That's Crazy. by Wale feat. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 15: Rapper Wale performs onstage during day 2 of the Rolling Loud ... [+] Festival at Banc of California Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Kelly Price contains a sample of another track. I didn't realize it and then I remember one time I was at the club and I bumped into Carmelo Anthony. I have talked about accolades and goals cause I from playing sports. The video for "Sue Me" is a perfect example. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. And he said, "Great track, great video, congrats." Or I might have said something completely that went over your head and I think the video does the same thing. … What kind of donut would you like named after you? XXXTENTACION's Jocelyn Flores sample of Potsu's I'm Closing My Eyes, Kanye West feat. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. I can't hide when I'm going through stuff. Baltin: Are there people you admire for the way they have evolved and the way they handle themselves? Just two hours after the video premiered April 22, a judge in Elkton ordered the penitentiary to identify medically vulnerable prisoners and transfer them to another facility. I don't know where I'm going after this. I have written for Billboard, Rolling Stone, the L.A. Times, Yahoo, Vice and every other major publication as well as host the Hulu interview series Riffing With and teach music journalism for Grammy Camp. He's done it right and that's why he'll continue to be a lot of our idol. There's really no map. What traits from sports did you bring to music? Wale: I didn't realize how much of a human album it is until I hit the road and my meet and greets and a lot of people were saying how much it helped them. And it should be the most important thing to a lot of artists, especially from a money standpoint.
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