Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, also known as Wale, is a rapper from Washington, D.C. Wale became popular locally and rose to prominence during the 2000s, achieving a string of hit singles and albums.
Wale was born in 1984, the son of Nigerian immigrants. Raised mostly in the D.C. suburbs, he attended three different colleges before deciding to focus fully on his music career. Wale caught the attention of a D.C. DJ in 2003, and local airplay eventually led to a spot in the Source’s Unsigned Hype column. After releasing albums on prominent indie labels, Wale eventually sparked a major label bidding war, signing to Interscope and releasing “Attention Deficit,” his major label debut, in 2009.
Wale topped the charts with successive albums, including 2015’s “The Album About Nothing.”