You can’t have some of the flyest music videos of all-time without a string of hit songs to work with, a very unique style, and a few pairs of very nice Js on your feet. Since the late 2000s, the DMV favorite rapper Wale has managed to do just that. Considered by many experts as one of leaders of the new school of rap; the man that ladies call “Mr. Never Wear the Same Thang” has always provided his fans with some of the most stylish videos around, all while providing a positive message to the social media generation. Today Kaboom! Magazine.com will honor the all-star career of the MMG member by showcasing his 10 best music videos. Some of them were award nominated, some overlooked underground favorites. But all of them are flyer than a new pair of Jordans on a release date.Wale Info:Age: 31
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Record Label: Atlantic Records (Maybach Music Group)
Album Discography: Attention Deficit (2009), MMG’s “Self-Made” (2011), Ambition (2011), MMG’s “Self-Made 2” (2012), The Gifted (2013), & The Album about Nothing (2015)
3x BET Awards Nominee, 2012 BET Award Winner (Best Collaboration), 8x BET Hip Hop Awards Nominee, 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards Winner (Best Club Banger), 2013 Grammy Nominee, 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Nominee, 4x Soul Train Awards Nominee, & 2013 Soul Train Awards Winner (Best Hip Hop Song of the Year)
Let’s start off with a Wale honorable mention…..Honorable Mention:Wale “Sabotage” Feat. Lloyd
“Sabotage” puts him and Lloyd in a simultaneous Back to the Future/adult-sneaking-into spoof. The video features rapping in front of some pretty high school locations: a hallway with lockers, a trophy case, some football field stands, and finally, the school dance featuring none other than Lloyd as Marty McFly. Sabi guests as Wale’s love interest and NFL tight end Verorn Davis makes a guest appearance as one of the rapper’s teammates.
10. Wale “Clappers” Feat. Juicy J & Nicki Minaj
Paying homage to his go-go roots, Wale makes the girls rush to the dance floor with the DMV club anthem “Clappers”. Everything about this video is exactly what you’d expect for a club anthem about women with large backsides “making it clap.” Juicy J is “turned up,” Nicki Minaj licks her lips and twerks it out, and Wale walks around flyer than a piece of paper bearing his name. O yeah, and don’t get us started on the woman shaking what their momma gave them throughout the video…..O MY GAWD!
9. Wale “White Shoes”
“White Shoes” is the third single off of Wale’s fourth studio album “The Album About Nothing.” The video taps into the natural desire to want to be fly, as well as the dangers that come from it. A young teen works two jobs in the inner city saving up money to purchase new shoes all while being made fun of by the kids in his neighborhood for the dirty shoes his was wearing. His hard work finally pays off as the young man uses the money he has saved to purchases the best shoes in the store. The enjoyment is only short lived as the kid is robbed and killed for his sneakers by the same kids making fun of him in his neighborhood. Shining a light on the dangers of materialism, “White Shoes” earned Wale his 1st MTV VMA nomination in the “Best Video with a Social Message” category.
8. Wale “Bad” Feat. Tiara Thomas
The first single from his third studio album “The Gifted,” “Bad” is about a woman trying to find herself by means of intimacy. She hasn’t really discovered what she wants out of love or lust. Based on one of Wale’s real-life relationships, the video features a cameo from MMG captain Rick Ross and introduces singer/songwriter Tiara Thomas. The song peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it Wale’s second top 40 entry after “Lotus Flower Bomb”, and becoming his highest-charting single as a lead artist.
7. Wale “The Girls on Drugs”
Sex, Drugs, and Social Media! Wale tells the cautionary tale of how far some people will go for fame and acceptance in “Girls on Drugs.” The video from “The Album about Nothing” follows a group of friends playing around at the gym, before retreating to one of their apartments for a little pre-party. The group of woman later head out to a club where they continue to party hard, taking any drug they can get their hands on. One of the ladies heads home with Wale where she begins to feel very sick which leads to Wale asking her what she is doing with her life?
6. Wale “The Matrimony”
“The Matrimony” is the second single off of his 2015 studio album “The Album About Nothing” featuring a special guest appearance from R&B icon Usher. One of his more personal songs to date, Wale opens up about dealing with serious issues in a committed relationship, and we certainly see that play out in the video. Wale’s love interest is played by model Bria Murphy (yep, that’s Eddie Murphy’s daughter) and things seem to be going well until an unexpected pregnancy, and a possibly miscarriage which puts a strain on the relationship. Throughout the video we see clips of the wedding ceremony coming together, only to realize that it’s not actually Wale who’s standing next to the bride-to-be at the altar. His ex has decided to marry another man after their falling out, but she has a change of heart when she spots the D.C. rapper inside the church.
5. Wale “Chillin” Feat. Lady Gaga
Some people in the DMV area got introduced to Wale back in 2006 with his single “Dig Dug”, but most of the world got their first Wale experience when he burst on the scene in 2009 with his hit single “Chillin.” The lead single off his debut album “Attention Deficit,” the video pays homage to the rapper’s hometown. Wale and Gaga perform at the District of Columbia’s Cardozo Senior High School and Wale also performs in various venues and streets in the District, including South Boston Waterfront. This includes one scene in the famous hidden clothing store Bodega in Boston where Wale tries on various clothes. The video also includes guest appearances from rappers Young Chris, Tre, Pusha T, Anwan Glover and Bun B. The song performed moderately on the record charts reaching number 12 on the UK Singles Chart, while in the United States it peaked at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100.
4. Wale “Pretty Girls” Feat. Gucci Mane
“Pretty Girls” is the third official single from Wale’s debut album “Attention Deficit.” Wale showed us that no one throws a party like a DMV party because a DMV don’t stop. Girls, bottles,fashion, and a catchy hook; “Pretty Girls” has everything you could want in a fun hip-hop video. Even though his verse is featured in the video, Gucci Mane does not appear in the video due to him serving one-year prison sentence at the time. There are appearances in the video by former NFL running backs Clinton Portis & Ray Rice along with rapper Curren$y, DJ Khaled and “The Wire” Tristan Wilds aka Mack Wilds.
3. Wale “Slight Work” Feat. Big Sean
“Slight Work” is a bonus track from Wale’s sophomore album “Ambition” which features G.O.O.D. Music artist Big Sean. The video is Wale most stylish video to date and was directed by Chris Brown. The video shows Wale and Big Sean having some fun with some beautiful ladies while going bar for bar against one another.
2. Wale “The Break Up Song”
If you’re a true Wale fan, then you would know that his best work came off of his legendary “More about Nothing” mixtape. Frustrated with his personal and professional relationship at the time, Wale told us one of the greatest love and hate stories in hip-hop history on the track “The Break Up Song” Thanks to the popular demand of fans, Wale turned the track into a visual based off of the hit movie “500 Days of Summer.” Some people say it’s better to have love and lost than to never love at all, but Wale would probably tell you “Life is a movie, we both say cut/but most of the time, darling, the sequel sucks.”
1. Wale “Lotus Flower Bomb” Feat. Miguel
“Lotus Flower Bomb” is the lead single from his second studio album “Ambition.” The video depicts a scene from Poetic Justice, where Wale is a mailman who is trying to charm the beauty salon owner played by Bre Scullark from America’s Next Top Model. The song peaked at #38 on the Hot 100, making it Wale’s biggest hit as a lead artist. The song sold 620,000 copies and received a nomination for Best Rap Song at the 55th Grammy Awards.
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