Monday January 17, 2022 09:00 pm EST
CL's Joshua Robinson Recommends: Drake, J. Cole, and Kendrick Lamar are often regarded as the leading rappers of their generation, but there is no debating the critical and commercial success that Wale has maintained as one of their most talented and competitive contemporaries. Last fall, the DMV-bred rapper delivered Folarin II, his seventh studio album and seventh straight top 25 entry on the Billboard 200. In support of the record — which featured guest appearances from artists such as J. Cole, Rick Ross, Maxo Kream, Chris Brown, Jamie Foxx, and Ant Clemons, among others — Wale is embarking on the Under a Blue Moon Tour, a 30-date winter trek throughout North America. The Maybach Music Group (MMG) artist is known for putting on a great show, so show Wale some love when he hits the Eastern for the fifth stop of his tour.
From the venue:There's only one Wale. Since arriving in 2006, he has consistently gone against the grain. An old school lyricist with new school energy, otherworldly hooks and a sense of irony tailormade for its own Seinfeld episode, he instantly set himself apart. 2008's inventive Mixtape About Nothing cemented him as a critical favorite and preceded the major label debut Attention Deficit in 2009. Bowing at #2 on the Billboard 200, the now-classic and gold-certified Ambition yielded the GRAMMY Award-nominated platinum-selling Lotus Flower Bomb. Two more blockbusters followed as The Gifted  and The Album About Nothing  both crashed the Billboard 200 at #1 back-to-back. Shine  gave the world My PYT, which is RIAA certified platinum, as Wale continued dropping heat. Along the way, Wale covered magazines such as Complex, Billboard, XXL and Vibe, and would receive honors at the BET Awards, BET HipHop Awards, Soul Train Awards and more. To date, Wale has achieved four platinum or multiplatinum singles, three gold singles and two gold albums. Wale continues to break ground with the release of 2019's critically-acclaimed Wow That's Crazy, which includes #1 single On Chill featuring Jeremih. What's more, Wale has accumulated over 7 million monthly listeners on Spotify and has reached over half a billion channel views on YouTube.