Wale is an American based Nigerian artiste. In 6 years, Wale has moved from an estimated net worth of $705,882 in 2011 to an estimated net worth of $6 million in 2016.
The rapper rose to prominence, thanks to the uniqueness of his music which he has cultivated and maintained. He has collaborated with other artists such as J. Cole, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Olamide, and Wizkid.
Biography and Family
Professionally known as Wale, the Chillin rapper was born as Olubowale Victor Akintimehin on September 21, 1984. He was raised in a middle-class family with both his parents being Nigerians. Nevertheless, before he was born, his parents moved from Austria where they were to the United States.
Growing up, he attended Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and moved to Largo, Maryland in Prince George’s County.
His love and skills for football earned him scholarships in Robert Morris University and Virginia State University on football scholarships. Later on, he was transferred to Bowie State University.
Due to certain academic reasons, Wale did not conclude his University education. He left in 2012. Nonetheless, he was determined to make it to the top with or without a degree. He had obtained an admission into school by winning a football scholarship.
The “Ambassador of Rap for the Capital,” as he calls himself, was able to get a little attention and some airplay with his first single, Rhyme of the Century. The song was released when he was only 20, and it was in 2014. From this, he was able to keep building, and in 2005, thanks to the considerable success of his first ever single, he got the opportunity to appear in The Source magazine spotlight column.
The Washington DC rap artiste rose quickly to stardom courtesy of his unique style. Wale’s style was largely influenced by the popular Washington go-go style of music. The super-talented international star has popularized the regional genre while effectively fusing it with modern hip-hop. This came with the release of his well received Paint a Picture mixtape.
Wale’s 2006 hit single, Dig Dug (Shake It) was the success that led him to be signed by Allido records in 2007.
In 2009, he released his debut album, Attention Deficit. The album was successful as it sold over 28,000 copies in its first week of release, even though there were reports that not many copies were shipped. His next Album was Ambition, and it was released under the Maybach Music Group which he was signed to at the time. This was more successful than the first album as it sold 162,600 copies in the first week of its release.
He went on to release a mixtape, Folarin in 2012. His next albums are The Gifted (2013), The Album About Nothing (2015), and Shine (2017).
With subsequent successes and the raw show of quality talent, Wale became a hot cake for record labels such as Def Jams, Interscope amongst others. Wale was later signed by Interscope for a fee of $1.3 million making it one of the highest any artist has ever been signed for.
Wale is without a doubt the most prominent rapper from Washington DC. He has been nominated for a lot of awards including the Grammy for his Lotus Flower Bomb which was nominated for the best rap song in 2013. He has also been nominated for MTV Video Music Awards and African Muzik Magazine Awards. Among those he won are BET Awards, BET Hip-Hop Awards, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, and Soul Train Awards.
Wale Net Worth
In 2011, he joined Maybach Music record label. Rick Ross signed Wale for $1 million.
Wale is paid $25,000 per show and about $700-$2,500 for organized events and concerts. Altogether, he has 5 studio albums, none of which sold at least 50,000 copies in the first week of release.
As at 2012, Forbes estimated his net worth to the sum of $5 million.
“That competitive nature has set the rapper on a course to stardom, as his recent success shows. Wale grossed over $20,000 per night while performing more than 75 concerts over the past year; his new album, Ambition, provided the soundtrack. Over the past 12 months, he pulled in nearly $5 million, narrowly missing the Hip-Hop Cash Kings list.”
According to the star, he earns from record sales, tours and shows.
It was largely believed that Wale in 2013 signed a deal with Nike to model their footwears. The rap star also admitted that he is working on some business deals with a couple of athletes.
Wale also revealed that he is conservatively investing and spending his money. In his interview with Forbes, the entertainer explained that ambition drives him more than the money. He believes “you have to be good at what you do” and let that drive you to the top.
“I never had money; I like nice things, but I don’t let that run my life,”
“At the same time, I have to let something drive me … so now I let the money drive me.”
The idea for the rap star is to get to the utmost heights of his career and making more money while at it. That regardless, Wale’s net worth may not be perceived from his looks and accessories.
Wale says he is judicious and frugal with his money. He says it is not his style to buy and wear ‘blings’ for the praises of the public. While he may not need as much money as he intends to have, he is certain he would be needing it for a rainy day.
From his early performing days as a local American entertainer, the big bucks was not exactly the motive. Wale wanted his voice to be heard and his acts perfected.
More than Wale’s net worth, Wale wants to make a mark in the global entertainment industry. He wants to be the best there can be.
- He refers to himself as the Ambassador of Rap for the Capital.
- Both his parents are Yoruba from Nigeria, but based on his birthplace, he is an American from Washington DC.
- He didn’t finish his university education.
- Wale is considered among the elites of music having gone Platinum with some of his singles, and going gold with more singles and Ambition and The Gifted
- Apart from being good with music, he is likewise great with sports, most especially football.
- His “Dig Dug” song was entirely produced by himself.