“I don’t have a home right now,” Wale told The BoomBox. This statement coming from a man who banks big bucks from concert performances and scored opening week sophomore sales of 164,062 units sold for his ‘Ambition’ LP. “I’m living out of a suitcase literally,” he admits. “The suitcase blues.” As the 27-year-old Washington, D.C. native begins to comically sing, “I got the blues, suitcase blues,” the tone in his voice reveals that there’s more beatitude in his life than melancholia, considering he travels nationwide via a mega tour bus doing work that he loves — spreading his brand of raps.
Following the emotive MC around in New York City on Nov. 2, a day after his first album under the Maybach Music Group/Warner Bros. Records umbrella debuted, brushes away preconceived notions that he’s just an irate rapper posting 140-character jabs at critics and unsupportive followers on Twitter. Wale’s happy, as long as there’s a blunt full of weed in his hand — which he smoked many times throughout his hectic day — and a forum to showcase his lyrical talents.
His morning kicks off around 10:30AM, where he sits down with The Breakfast Club radio hosts DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne at Power 105.1. Music off his second LP plays, answers are given as to his departure from former label, Interscope Records (“My assistant knew before I did that I got dropped”) and stories are shared behind the inspiration for tracks like his love-gone-wrong ode ‘Sabotage’ (“That was the first time a girl punched me in the face; I love crazy women”).
Crazy is a word that many people may use to describe Wale, who dropped his first album, ‘Attention Deficit,’ in 2009. However, Power 105.1’s Angela Yee thinks his actions, which sometimes include emotional outbursts via social networking platforms, are misconstrued by the public. “People have this idea about him that he spazzes out and he’s so crazy but I think all of that shows that he’s a passionate person,” she shares. “He’s passionate about what you think about his music, he cares so much about what you think about him.”
Besides crafting songs like the braggadocio bars of ‘Bait’ and the Miguel-assisted ‘Lotus Flower Bomb,’ his other passion lies in sneakers. At 11:30AM, he walks into Flight Club, a popular sneaker boutique, and scours the walls lined with kicks like a kid in a candy store. Wale, born Olubowale Victor Akintimehin on Sept. 21, 1984, admits to having most every kind of sneakers displayed in the store but that doesn’t stop him from scooping up a pair of camouflage Adidas Jeremy Scott Wings. “It’s his addiction,” says Wes, who serves as the MC’s road manager and is an official member of his Board of Administration movement. In total, Wale walks out of the store after dropping $3,340 on merchandise.
Before getting a slew of interviews underway with various outlets, a rapper’s got to eat. He’ll settle for Subway but after making a pit-stop at Flatotel — the hotel he’s chosen to rest his dreadlocked head while in the Big Apple — he and his entourage opt for a more elegant eatery. A pricey seafood restaurant tucked away on a midtown street is where the ‘Eleven One Eleven Theory’ mixtape creator not only eats a crab cake sandwich and drinks fresh squeezed orange juice at 1:40PM, but also where he charges his phone, which never seems to leave his fingertips throughout the day.
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Source: The Boombox