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Wale Pens Open Letter Addressing His Critics & Twitter Hiatus


(AllHipHop News) Wale and media are two things that do not mesh well together. Whether it is the Maybach Music Group member’s issues with Complex magazine or his on-air argument with a basketball announcer during a NBA game, the DMV artist tends to find himself in combative situations with people who do not champion his music. And it is not just the professionals. Wale has had his fair share of blow ups with everyday critics on social media platforms as well.

The “Bad” rapper has been laying low on Twitter in recent months. He decided to explain his absence and address some of the criticism about his behavior and art by sharing an open letter on Tumblr.

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Read Wale’s letter below.

Where have I been?

Man, I been everywhere. Everyday trying to get a better understanding of myself and this crazy game I have given my life to.

What I’ve come to grips with is the fact that I am not superhuman, BUT super human. I think our culture has made it almost a prerequisite to be “too cool” or “swagged out” carrying a “nothing can phase me” image. It’s to the point that the ones who show they care, get attacked the most. Who ever thought we’d see a day when somebody used the word “poetic” as an insult? I certainly never thought that. “I can’t fuck wit Wale ‘ol poetic ass.” Really? These are the same people who probably have every Pac album embedded in their head. But, I digress. I took an absence from Twitter because I started to care tooooo much. I still don’t know the root of what makes me care THAT much, but I’m quite sure it started by wanting to lead people in a direction that wasn’t as cliché as some of my peers.

I’m no saint. I fuck with ratchet bitches. I say bitch. I bitch about things my damn self. But, I can honestly say, that I try to use my “human” traits as a means of relating to other humans. If I can bare my insecurities and flaws before you, maybe you won’t feel so insecure and flawed.

There came a point where people went out of their way to remind me that I’m missin my mark. Albeit, I made myself a target to slander and criticism. I think it became a trend to fuck with anybody that cared about people’s opinion. I’m not one of those people who make music for material things. I strive to make music for a public that appreciates raw emotion. And I will continue to.

I went through stages of frustration in my career with publications because of my own selfishness and sense of entitlement. I admit that. Nevertheless, I think if we calling a spade a spade, some media outlets be on they bullshit with me for reasons outside of music. But, my goal moving forward is to focus less on THEM and more on US. We all have goals and mine is simple. Empower the people. Empower MY fans and focus on MY fans and their energy . I don’t think it’s humanly possible for me to appease some of these outlets no matter what I create. It burns my soul to hear there’s no message tho. So knowin that I may have fell short of connecting with some of them, I’ve decided to use my energy on US. The guy with all the mixtapes. The guy who listens to every song twice because they know there’s things hidden in there. The girl who can’t wait to hear “Ambitious Girl 3” (Oh, it’s coming). The girl with the “Ambition” tattoo, who gets dressed to “Illest Bitch Alive” every morning . The ones who understood my frustration, hated my rant but understood it nevertheless . I may never be the biggest rapper in the world (still one of the best doe) but, I’ll be the most dedicated to my fans and it starts with this right here. This is rare. This is REAL. This is about us. This is about the music again. My ReRE -Dedication to greatness. What we got doesn’t happen often, nor with too many people. This is an rare occasion when a rare bond… Happens

Everybluemoon

-Folarin

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  • Blaq_Boi

    This, I respect. I f*cks with Wale! #pause

  • Jonathan Bacher

    “Art” ? Wale ?

  • Black Jay

    Ah, the frustrated n*gga. No one understands thee….. Only in hip hop can a rapper insult women and seek sympathy in the same paragraph.

    Minus the self-centered effect of his writing, he has a point about technology. Twitter, Facebook, and various other social communications have made a very dangerous impact on our lives. The need to constantly broadcast your life and your movement to complete strangers has definitely created a new type of slave.

    But people like Wale are doing this to themselves. Wale is a slave without knowing it. His need to release this letter due to his choice to stop communicating on one form of social media kills the very freedom he was trying to achieve. The problem isn’t that he cares. The problem is that he cares too much about what other people think. And when that happens, you may as well apply the shackles yourself.

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  • MrNoName2K

    Wale…nah ill pass..but that was funny when them NBA announcers played on that ass on live tv.

  • johnblacksad

    Too much soft poetry for me… i don’t fcuk with that soft pineapple sh!t with the likes of Drake and ’em… gimme some motherfcukin D-Block instead!

    Styles P said
    “Your shirt looks wrinkled so I let the iron pop”

    ha ha!

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  • SleepyTheGreat

    Cry Baby Ass

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  • Rapist on BAIL

    What a fag!

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  • U.P.T.nw4eva

    Lol at least he can spell and punctuate correctly. I see no problem with the letter and it’s to his fans and not US, feel me?

    • Black Jay

      “This is an rare occasion when a rare bond…”

      Isn’t it supposed to be,

      “This is ‘a’ rare occasion when a rare bond….”

      Also, is he supposed to be using ‘rare’ twice like that?

      I don’t know if he knows sentence structure. Lol! I’m just saying…. We all mess up sometimes but he should’ve given it to someone to edit. He has enough money to hire someone.

  • What Is This

    Damn yall jumping on my nigga Wale, He’s one of the best in the game…..But Yea, He does cry a lot tho….

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  • I don’t really fukk with Wale like that but I can respect where he’s comin from, at least his words were sincere and not some bullshit his publicist wrote or actin like his “bawse” and puttin on a front. I read this and could tell that was really how he was feelin at the time he wrote it. He says he’s tryin to turn a negative into a positive and acknowledges that he was lettin others’ opinions fukk with him entirely too much, so let’s just see what he does.

  • drac215

    Cuz, just because one of ya albums flopped shouldnt make you so unsure of yaself. If you want to play “different” and abstract, people will take you like that and not understand your true meaning in rap or life in general. Meek is ghetto we know that. Ross is a C.O.,drug dealer,mc hammer,larry hoover,2pac,etc… but,we know that. You seem to be unsure if youre a thug,poet,ladies man,educator,philosopher,2pac etc… they really dont know wale,and i dont think you do either(not a diss). God bless you cuz and get to know Christ he will let you know who you are(child of GOD!!!)Peace

  • drac215

    By the way im feeling vintage hiphop right now, so if anybody want to check something dope, check out freshco and miz documentary(youtube) about philly and brooklyn connect in the late eighties/ early nineties!!! Real hiphop yall. Got some more too, if you feel it let me know, peace

  • HipHopStalker

    This just in. GAY. His real problem is he’s with MMG. That is why so many people challenge him, just to see him respond. Before MMG people cheered him on and never took shots at him, or tried to fight him in the mall. If you roll with a fake tough guy
    people will think your a fake tough guy also and wanna go at you.
    Stop crying all the time in all your interviews. Just make hot music and write your thoughts in a journal.

    • Arrie Mental Woodard

      you wrong about that. people have always torn Wale’s head off, myself included. I live in the DC area now and everybody including radio hated on him hard. the radio used to play snippets of his joints and then follow it up with laugh tracks. when he did the Nike Boots remix and got ate up by all the guest features, they tore his ass up. It wasnt until he signed with MMG that people in this area started pumping his music again. you gotta remember Wale always lashed out and people and get in many squabbles with reporters and female dj’s on more than a couple of occassions.