Wale, real name Ralph Victor Folarin, is a rapper from Washington D. C. He first rose to prominence in his hometown in 2006, with a song “Dig Dug (Shake it)”. Wale was known only for the local public before he was signed to Allido Records by Mark Ronson in 2007. In 2008 Wale released his debut album titled Attention Deficit. It featured tracks like “Pretty Girls”, “World Tour” and “Chillin”. Wale net worth is currently estimated at $6 million.
Ralph was born in a Nigerian family in 1984. During his years in high school Wale has played football for his school team. After graduation he received scholarships to play for Robert Morris University and Virginia State University, then Bowie State University. Wale is a huge fan of Washington Rednecks. His passion even caused the rumors that Wale has a tattoo of Chris Cooley, a tight end of the team on his back. Wale rose to prominence as a rapper in 2006, when his record “Rhyme of the Country” was first aired on the radio. The song was not financially profitable and did not add much to Wale net worth, but it did help him sign a deal with a local recording company Studio 43.
Soon Ralph’s first hit “Dig Dug (Shake it)” was released the same year and became popular in his hometown Maryland and a neighboring Virginia. Following the success of this track Ralph released his first mixtape Paint a Picture and two go-go influenced hits “Breakdown” and “Sexy Girl”. The same year Wale started working with a beginning manager Daniel Weisman. His second mixtape was entitled Hate Is the New Love. These mixtapes earned him some media attention and local popularity but did not boost Wale net worth.
It was not until 2007 that Wale has managed to attract some national attention. That year with a help of producers Demario Bridges and Gerard Thomas he released a radio hit “Good Girls”. Fallowing this hit Wale was introduced to the producer and author of numerous hits Mark Ronson. Together with Ronson Wale released 100 Miles & Running, his third mixtape. Guest appearances on this record included Amy Winehouse, Lilly Allen, Daniel Merriweather and of course Mark himself.
In 2008 three major labels Atlantic records, Def Jam and Epic Records all competed to sign the Wale.
Eventually the rapper dropped all three offers and decided to sign with Interscope instead. A deal with Interscope secured a $1.3 million boost to Wale net worth. His fourth mixtape entitled The Mixtape About Nothing was released in 2008. According to rapper himself, it was inspired by the popular TV situation comedy Seinfeld, or to be more precise- its “honest dialogue” which avoids crime themes and refers to pop culture and politics instead.