And I feel like I've been going through the same thing too. Sign up Sign in. Those things stay with you as much as awards do. These are super-legendary people that have done amazing things that are celebrating with me on this body of work that I've done. Wale: I can answer that literally or metaphorically. But it looks unassuming and like, "Okay, everything's sweet." So for him to say that opened my eyes a lot about the effect album had on people, especially black men. Or I might have said something completely that went over your head and I think the video does the same thing. When not writing about music I am hanging with my dog, playing basketball and eating sushi in sunny Southern California. I remember that TV show [on VH-1] called Pop-Up Video, it was fun. He did it, he's our Frank Sinatra, our Rolling Stones. Wale: Kerby said I've been aiming too low. 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. Baltin: You played college football. Contains samples of 1 song. Baltin: What are some examples of art where you go back and discover new things again and again? Sue Me. Kelly Price contains a sample of another track.

Having replay value is the most important thing to me. The most important verses to me, you gotta rewind it three or four times to catch an entendre. The video for "Sue Me" is a perfect example. Baltin: Are there things in the writing of Wow...That's Crazy that surprised you? Wale: That's why I really wanted to work with somebody like Kerby [Jean[\-Raymond], to be able to make something like that. I hate name-dropping but if I was gonna do it this is the time to do it. J. Cole's A Lot sample of East of Underground's I Love You. You must be logged in to comment. 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. The clip has already made an indelible impact as it ends with a Facebook live snippet of a real inmate in Elkton with less than a year left on his sentence worrying he will die in prison due to Coronavirus. Buy this Track. And it's not just about making hot records at this point. Please sign in or sign up. I'm very dedicated and I'm always going to be one of the hardest workers in the room. Things are happening in that video you gotta see two or three times to say, "Oh, okay, I get it." I don't go all the way rogue even if I want to. Wale: This one absolutely, I think all of my fans know that. 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. And as a bonus he was hit up by the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and Rihanna congratulating him on the brilliant "Sue Me" video. That's why I love to write my verses like that.

Sue Me by Wale feat. 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! And I would tell Pop-Up Video that to their face (laughs). GO AD-FREE WITH WHOSAMPLED PREMIUM! Kelly Price. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.
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). 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. Wow... That's Crazy Warner 2019.

Wale: You can say that right. You may opt-out by. I'm one of those people for better or worse I go through it and everybody watches it. Jerry Seinfeld, we talked last night. … He's damn near the president of culture. He's really the embodiment of a living legend. That's the Easter egg within the Easter egg. I write about music and the business of music. For him to say it's an amazing song, these are victories I gotta take. Teaming with director Kerby Jean-Raymond and Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges, who stars in the eight-minute clip, Wale delivers a powerful, poignant and thought-provoking take on racism.

Rihanna hit me the other day and said this video got her inspired. Baltin: I imagine you take the rituals from football and apply them to music.

I would say maybe they don't exist yet because it'd be like some type of Habanero, jalapeno, it'll burn your mouth open when you bite into it. And he said, "Great track, great video, congrats." I don't know where I'm going after this.

And it should be the most important thing to a lot of artists, especially from a money standpoint. There's really no map. That's the beauty of it. So I kind of gotta wear it on my sleeve. Wale: Yeah, I've been doing that a lot more recently my last two albums and being vocal about what I feel within the parameters of the lives we're given. Main genre: Hip-Hop / Rap / R&B.

You changed people's lives. Baltin: You say you were kicked off the team for insubordination.

Wale: I made a pact to Kerby I'm not gonna do that. 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. ). But it's got a rage inside of it. XXXTENTACION's Jocelyn Flores sample of Potsu's I'm Closing My Eyes, Kanye West feat. I just really want to be great, I want to be successful at what I do. I wouldn't consider myself a media darling or nothing like that so I gotta still try to keep out of trouble. by Wale feat. 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. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. But on the bright side of that is I help so many people that are going through a lot of anxiety or stress. Is there one track from this album that would be most meaningful for you to win a Grammy for? Baltin: Are there people you admire for the way they have evolved and the way they handle themselves? Accolades are still cool but I'll take Jerry and Rihanna celebrating with me. Wale: I go back and listen to Thriller, which I think is the best album ever created. He said I don't think you know, but that project, it's special, it just hit me. Baltin: Two hours after the video came out a judge in Elkton identify and transfer out medically vulnerable prisoners.

And that meant a lot to me cause Melo's been going through things like people doubting him and stuff like that. sample of Mala's Changes, 21 Savage feat. As Wale tells me when we speak to make that kind of impact is ten times better than any accolade. Kelly Price - discover this song's samples, covers and remixes on WhoSampled. I think a lot of my fans and people that aren't my fans feel like they're a part of this song. Baltin: Can you give me one or two examples of Easter eggs in there you are proudest of? And it's so on brand for somebody who's lived a hundred different lives. Seven months later Wale is still making headlines with the collection thanks to the compelling new video for the opening track, "Sue Me" (featuring … Festival at Banc of California Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. 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.". But it feels like to this day you remain true to your own vision, regardless of what others think. In October of last year Grammy-nominated rapper Wale released his superb sixth studio album, Wow...That's Crazy. I ain't judging nobody, but some of us obsess over this and I can definitely say I'm one of them. That joint is Easter egg heavy. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images), EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images). Talk about how that impacts you. But for something major to happen and for the ACLU to hit me up about that, that's heavy. I have talked about accolades and goals cause I from playing sports. I wouldn't be doing Kerby any justice if I told anybody cause there are just so many and they are so important. Wale: Football is my first love.
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What traits from sports did you bring to music? Rihanna and Swizz Beatz's Famous. If "Sue Me" came up in the Pop-Up Video era we would have broke the meter on that joint. Report wrong information or missing video, Kanye West feat. He's done it right and that's why he'll continue to be a lot of our idol. 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. 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: This might be generation anxiety and stress, for real! Steve Baltin: You were tweeting about Donut Friend, which is a L.A. institution. Listen to both tracks on WhoSampled, the ultimate database of sampled music, cover songs and remixes. It gave me the dedication that I have. So maybe by example I am showing people you can step up and still be a boss, still be going through things up top. I can't hide when I'm going through stuff. There are too many and they're too good. Baltin: I appreciate the fact you have been very candid about wanting mainstream success, including you say winning a Grammy. Baltin: How does that influence come into making the statement you made in the video for "Sue Me"? He's everything we want to be as a young black entrepreneur. © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. News; Browse; Charts; Submit; 6º Game; GET AD-FREE WHOSAMPLED PREMIUM! 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.

"Sue Me" by Wale feat. More savory than sweet. Some don't. Copyright © 2020 Limited. All rights reserved. I literally listen to different things. Like you say it gave you the discipline and as an artist you have to apply that discipline to be working all the time, writing, rehearsing, etc. Wale: That's the thing. It would just be a moment where I feel like everyone can feel like they're a part of it. Obviously I have goals and stuff, but that record on such a high stage, you can say whatever needs to be said.

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 to win that, or even be nominated with this, would blow me away. I didn't realize it and then I remember one time I was at the club and I bumped into Carmelo Anthony. Producer: D.Woo. And maybe I was aiming too low cause obviously this is ten times bigger than an accolade.

Contributed by Sahe NodaysOff Mayson (20 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. 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. Baltin: Now that you see you can have that impact where do you take that next? 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. I have no idea. Wale: Jay-Z, absolutely.

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