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Wale prepares his Maybach Music debut

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Two years ago, many predicted Wale would be the future of hip hop. His lyrical level had him as hyped as Drake and J. Cole. The right people soon discovered Wale. Jay-Z quickly signed Wale to a management deal with Roc Nation.

The Washington, DC rapper would eventually sign with powerhouse, Interscope Records. Through Interscope, he would release his debut album, Attention Deficit. The album was met with positive reviews.

For most of 2010, Wale has been making mixtapes and making more connections. Towards the end of 2010, Rick Ross said he may sign Wale to his Maybach Music label. Ross is known for making bold statements, so not much was made of the statement.

While most forgot about Rick Ross’ statement, not many people knew Wale was actually discussing signing with Maybach Music. Early in 2011, news broke of Wale signing with the label. Only weeks later, a bidding war began over Maybach Music. In the end, Rick Ross signed an exclusive distribution deal with Warner Bros. Records, a label needing more hip hop talent.

Now, with the deal in place, Wale has been recording with his new label-mates. Wale is currently working on his second album, debut with Maybach Music. Industry insiders say the album will likely be released sometime this fall. No release date has been confirmed by the representatives of Maybach Music or the well-established, Warner Bros. Records.