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DMV Beats: Wale’s Neverending Butthurt and Steph Castro’s Tribute to Bill Bellamy

New Year, Old Gripes

Wednesday night, Wale continued his tradition of opening the new year with a performance, headlining Fillmore Silver Spring once again. Anyone who figured he was going to leave his little issue with Complex magazine back in 2013 doesn't know Wale.

Declaring himself a victim of the crabs-in-a-barrel mentality that plagues hip-hop, he again refused to apologize for his outburst and accused Complex (disclosure: I write for the magazine)—and any other publication that didn't properly commend The Gifted—of discrediting his accomplishments. How long can he run with this motif of "haters" trying to sabotage his success? Keep it going long enough, and his gripes will begin to define his career.

Wale has always been a fan's artist, so if he can't ignore the bullshit for his own peace of mind, he should do it for his still-loyal followers, at least—and refocus on making music worth the year-end lists.

Oh, right, about music: The hometown rapper also popped up recently on a remix of Young Thug's weed anthem, "Stoner," Scandal reference and all: "Rolex official, and it’s presidential/And the bitches love it like Olivia Pope." —Julian Kimble

Steph Castro

Well past a decade since his last big film, Bill Bellamy is still one of hip-hop's most celebrated stand-ups. The comedian has been name-checked on records by everyone from Sean Price to Chance the Rapper, and was even the subject of celebrity meme-ification on Lil B's 2011 mixtape, Bitch Mob: Respect Da Bitch Vol. 1. Maryland rapper Steph Castro carries on the tradition with "Bill Bellamy," a pimpish earworm that takes cues from Bellamy's seminal role in the redheaded stepchild of black romantic comedies, How To Be A Player. —Harold Stallworth

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  • Mike P

    Butthurt? Now I officially don’t like Complex Magazine.

    "I was wrong for my actions. I do not apologize for my passion." Wale is 100% right on this. He was wrong for threatening violence but he only got that mad because he puts his heart and soul in it. He is so passionate about the culture, the DMV, and the craft.

    You guys glorify people like Juicy J that put out primarily club music about sex, drugs, and money. Wale has some of that but he also has conscientious music that makes people think about relationships, materialism, and ambition.

  • Izzy

    Me (Us) against the world.

    I'm mainstream but I'm still underground.

    We won the super bowl but we're still disrespected, blue-collar underdogs.