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Wale Watch: Wale Makes Videos, People Complain

Wale always seems to find himself embroiled in the lamest controversies. It would seem that the cost of claiming to put an entire city on your back means you're gonna have the entire city on your back.

His latest video, "Pretty Girls," debuted on BET earlier this week and recieved a lot of flack in blog comments and on Twitter for featuring a cast of almost exclusively light-skinned and white girls. Wale & Co. responded to the complaints by rushing the release of this Tabi Bonney-directed clip for the iTunes-only bonus track "My Sweetie," which features ample dark-skinned girls. Crisis averted. Though I'm going to take this opportunity to suggest a Wale remake of Del's "Dark Skin Girls," to fully heal the wounds.

And to revisit another people-complain-on-the-Internet-about-Wale scandal: Even after all the near-beef, Backyard vocalist Weensey is not visible in the "Pretty Girls" video, despite being the guy singing the chorus. Adding insult to injury, the iconic hip-hop blog NahRight.com referred to him as "Weeney" when it first posted the video. Readers eventually corrected the error.

In other DMV video news: Uncontroversial but very dope uptown rapper XO just dropped a video for the Raheem Devaughn-assisted single "Take Home."

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