Wale Lists Sources Of Inspiration For "The Gifted," Talks Confronting Critics Online

posted Sunday June 23 ,2013 at 09:23PM CDT | 32 comments

Wale Lists Sources Of Inspiration For

Wale believes he'd be "one of the most successful rappers alive" if he didn't know what everyone thought of him.

Days before Wale's The Gifted drops, the Maybach Music rapper contemplates the sources of inspiration for his third solo album.

"This album kind of wrote itself, in a way," he explained in an interview with The Washington Post. "I just used my inspiration. I would use Marvin Gaye's music to inspire 'Love/Hate Thing.' I would use Michael Jackson to inspire 'Tired of Dreaming.' I would use Michael Jordan's career to inspire '88.'"

The Washington, D.C. native, who often engages both fans and critics on Twitter, also discussed the wide range of feedback he receives. “I wake up every morning to ‘I love you, you’re the greatest’ and ‘I hate you and wish you would retire.' I’m looking for a little reality in there.”

Asked how he would fare if he could cut himself off from the opinion of millions, Wale responded, “I think I’d be one of the most successful rappers alive.”

Some of the most jarring criticisms come from his hometown, Wale explained. "When it comes to, like, finding new acts or things like that, people's expectations for me are unrealistic sometimes. I'm but a man. They think that I can change the whole universe, sign everybody from D.C., if I don't put every Go-Go band on every song...it's just unrealistic expectations.

Watch a portion of an interview below:

Wale's The Gifted is his third studio album, and his second on Maybach Music Group. The album drops Tuesday (June 25), and features Cee-Lo Green, Meek Mill, Lyfe Jennings, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Jerry Seinfeld, and more.

RELATED: Wale May Release Two Albums In 2013, Talks "The Gifted" LP

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  • Anonymous
    50 Cent just did a song with Tim Allen.
  • xxsss9
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsnAk6tjsts
  • sccc4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dncO19EFpoY
  • zxsss4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLMm5mHVp_M
  • Anonymous
    i used to like wale but the lady gaga collab and mmg ruined him
  • Anonymous
    gibbs is better then wale and he staying tru
    • Anonymous
      In your dreams. One guy has 4 REAL albums out, while the other spends his days releasing free mixtapes and badmouthing Jeezy.
    • Anonymous
      his free mixtapes are better than all wales albums
    • Anonymous
      That's such a lie, but thanks for trying.
  • Anonymous
    mixtape rappers turning in to fake emcees
  • sxxx9
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyWVf-mVVSQ
  • zxsss4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T8E09aAOIc
  • tom
    Top album from Wale, Great lyrics,flows and concepts.
  • Dentaldaboy
    im really a pathectic pycho, sorry for posting stupid shit, now i will kill myself, have a nice life im out. ymcmb,MMG is wack, Cole is ayt Yeezus wack, Wayne is the worst rapper out ryt now, i think him and keef are on the same league. Wale is not a born star poor sucker will never be big. Daz, Kurupt, Nas, Big L, sticky Fingers, Dmx, MOP, Mob deep, thats the shit on my ipad ryt fuck the radio, mtv for promoting shit
  • zxsss4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExH5VU5iq9Q
  • zxsss4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W1tG-m4NSU
  • sxxx9
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAsJPlrIV6Y
  • Herb L. Presson
    as Wayne replied I'm dazzled that anyone can profit ($)6210 in 1 month on the computer. did you read this webpage. -----> can99.c.o.m.
  • Echoleader1
    dudes stop hating on Wale. He is all for the positive. Ya'll niggas need to back the fcuk off.
    • OUCH!
      Royce da 5'9":Back the fuck back 'fore I fuck you up Ay! Back the fuck back 'fore I fuck you up You better back the fuck back 'fore I fuck you up
  • sxxx9
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45D55h0DGNo
  • zxsss4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo8tr4DjVaM
  • Anonymous
    the fuck is go-go music?
  • sxx004
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7fibtRFnLs
  • Anonymous
    AMazing! Download Wale songs @ bigblogtalk.com/songoftheday ^^^^ We support great music and inspiring artist with big dreams of being heard by thousands! Tell a friend! Thank You
  • jasonnn
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6tyx1z31xo
  • FREDYYY
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgyS9PAGC-Y
  • Anonymous
    wale like one of the realist on his label.. the rest suspect
    • Anonymous
      lol that aint saying much, when you on a label with a correctional officer and a dope fiend punching bag
  • JRich
    I'm pulling for Wale, hope his album is going to be something special.
  • FUCK MMG
    Wale is garbage and a faggot
    • wale dough
      lol exactly what i was thinking the only thing hes good for is saying "waleeeyyyyy doughhh"