Washington, D.C. native Wale recently held a fan Q&A via Twitter, where he answered many questions concerning his music and time in the industry. During the discussion, one supporter questioned if the outspoken lyricist believes his “expressive” nature has stopped him from being mentioned among the best of his peers.
“Do you think your expressive passion for the music hurt/prevent you from being mentioned with the rest in your class?” the fan asked, with the Ambition rapper agreeing his past outbursts “hurt” him. He also added that him being “a dark skinned (not half white) rapper direct decent from Africa,” hurt his career as well.
Do you think your expressive passion for the music hurt/prevent you from being mentioned with the rest in your class? @Wale
— Mayneo…. (@Realeec) May 3, 2018
It hurt me greatly . Also me being a dark skinned (not half white) rapper direct decent from Africa did too .. but let’s not go there 🙃 https://t.co/L0V4NQFfpg
— Wale (@Wale) May 3, 2018
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.