Its Wale‘s time to shine on the cover of Rolling Out Magazine.
The D.C. lyricist recently sat down with the pub for its latest edition where he discussed his third album, The Gifted. He also talks being a leader and the “layers” of hip-hop. Check out a few highlights from the interview below:
On Latest Album:
I just believed in my ears and everything I worked so hard at. That’s how I got to this point and that’s why I call it The Gifted. I put more into it than I have put into any other project that I’ve ever produced.
On Being a Leader:
When I was young, D.C. was the cocaine capital and most violent place in America. For me to go there and then move to suburban Maryland, I was almost like a social outcast. [Being] African [wasn’t] the most popular thing around the early ’90s. Then I was in the detention center from sixth grade to 12th grade. [For me] to make it out of that, anything is possible.
On the balance of Hip-Hop:
There are a lot of layers to hip-hop. We are not all responsible for what everyone else does. If Eminem goes out there and calls every black person … a ‘monkey,’ ‘n—a’ or whatever, you can’t blame everyone rapping. One has nothing to do with the other.
Want more? Head on over to Rolling Out for the full interview.