Author Archive for Andrew Noz

Wale Watch: Ambition, In Spite of Itself, Sells 164,000

Wale's sophomore album Ambition sold 164,000 copies in its first week, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard charts (behind Bieber!) and thereby making him twice as popular as the seemingly more popular Big Sean, though still a little less popular than the seemingly as popular J. Cole.
You may have noticed Wale on the cover [...]

DMV Rap Attack: Fat Trel x Waka Flocka – Shirts

June Summers f/ Waka Flocka Flame & Fat Trel – "Shooter"

WCP's favorite shirtless local gangsta rapper and WCP's favorite shirtless national gangsta rapper have finally made a record. It's not a life-changing record, but a solid display of utilitarian goon-hop with Waka revisiting his "stepchild of hip-hop" motif while Trel makes some seemingly R. Kelly-inspired [...]

Wale Watch: Wale Signs to Rick Ross’ Maybach Music

Though the writing has been on the wall for a few months now, Rap Radar reports (via Wale's Twitter, naturally) that Wale has officially inked a deal with Rick Ross' fledgling Maybach Music labe. Let's briefly consider the ups and downs of this situation:
Pros: Wale now has more direct access to Southern-style production where, as [...]

DMV Rap Attack: WKYS’ Hottest Rappers of 2010

While you were drinking egg nog and fighting with your family, WKYS spent the last few days of the year slowly announcing its "DMV's Hottest Rappers of 2010" list. Despite what seemingly everyone who sees it seems to think, it is a pretty solid top 10. Check the breakdown:
1. Wale 2. Phil Ade 3. [...]

Wale Watch: More About Curse Words

Wale Says Words, Records Raps.

DMV Rap Attack: Mixtape Massacre

If it seems like it's been a quiet month for DC area rap, that's only because every last rapper in the city was waiting until today to drop their tape. First up is Kingpen Slim's long awaited The Beam Up 2. Slim has the best (and most Districty) rap voice in the District [...]

Wale Watch: More Ado About Nothing

Wale, DC'S GREAT RAP HOPE, has recently taken some time off from his day job of infuriating everyone to release some new music. More About Nothing is his retreat to the moment when the internet was most interested in him—his Seinfeld-inspired Mixtape About Nothing. Unfortunately, More About Nothing finds him still suffering from the schizophrenia that [...]

Wale Watch: Wale Says Curse Words, Does Not Think Of The Children

Wale ruins Artscape.

Wale Watch: Wale Flocka Flame

Waka Flocka Flame f/ Wale & Roscoe Dash – "No Hands"
Fat Trel f/ Wale – "E St. Flow"
Two semirecent Wale tracks that have slipped through the blog cracks might indicate a new direction for D.C.'s GREAT RAP HOPE: "No Hands," a fairly generic collab with reigning Atlanta stars Waka Flocka Flame and Roscoe Dash about [...]

Saturday: DMV Hip Hop Documentary Screening

DC Hip Hop Documentary to screen tomorrow.