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Wale Watch: More About Curse Words


For the second time this year DC's GREAT RAP HOPE Wale has found himself involved in a minor scandal involving his choice of language. After an outdoor performance at University of Mary Washington's Homecoming this past weekend the emcee was criticized by students and faculty for using "extreme profanity." (Uncharacteristically, he has yet to respond to the allegations on Twitter.) Considering the many more offensive rappers touring the planet it's weird that this particular complaint keeps falling on the comparatively innocuous Wale. Is it simply bad luck? Or perhaps these scandals just last ditch ass backwards attempts by him and his team to keep dude's name in the press? Whatever the case, I would say the best solution is to just ignore them but the City Paper keeps asking me to write a post every time +Wale +Scandal shows up in our Google Saved Search and that that Lohan sicky face jpg never gets old so here you guys go.

In addition to cursing, Wale also frequently produces music. Last week, in what feels like a bit of a slight to the Skins, he recorded a tribute to Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, naturally set to the tune of "Black & Yellow" by Pittsburgh's own Wiz Khalifa. He also jumped on "Make It Rain," the recent chart climber from very underrated ATLien trio Travis Porter. The official version of that track has yet to hit the web but a scratch mix featuring just Wale's verse set to the instrumental has spilled. So if you're impatient and unconcerned with spoilers click here.

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