Wale Says Beyonce's Album Saved People's Careers

posted Wednesday December 18 ,2013 at 04:30PM CST | 95 comments

Wale Says Beyonce's Album Saved People's Careers

Wale reveals his plans to be more choosy with media, says he'd like more control with his career.

D.C. rapper Wale continued to address his now notorious phone call to the Complex offices during an appearance on Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds’ Juan Epstein podcast. Wale revealed that as a result of the incident he plans on being less carefree with those he chooses to do media for.

Wale’s conversation with Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds quickly changed direction as the Maybach Music Group rapper spoke on Beyonce’s newly-released album and how the project has saved the sanity and careers of a lot of people.

“One thing I’m gonna change now is I’m not gonna do media for everybody now. Cause I don’t think it’s worth it,” said Wale. “You got treat this shit like an expensive pair of sneakers dog or a good jacket or some shit…I think the labels gotta wake up. Beyonce did—she saved a lot of people’s careers, man, with that move, dog. She saved a lot of people’s sanity I’ll say because no rollout. Just—it’s about the art. Like obviously, niggas gon’ still have they rollout, but she made it so it’s like less focused on the rollout and more about the music.”

Wale continued to speak on album rollouts as he addressed his third studio album, The Gifted. Released in June of this year, The Gifted is a project the rapper says could have had a better rollout.

“The one thing I wish I could change about The Gifted rollout…I wasn’t doing the things that I wanted to do with my time,” said the MMG emcee. “I was doing like a little in-store [in] a little, small city for like five people. With bad promotion nobody came. And it was just like ‘Yo, why am I here? When I could be—or doing a radio interview.’ Which is odd. Radio is super important. I super have respect for it, but it’s like I could have been shooting two or three videos in that time. Before my album came out. And let them videos fall when they may. Now I didn’t have no time. I went right on tour. I didn’t have no time to shoot no videos. So it’s like hindsight, 20/20, and all that, but I wanna take more control over what I do and what I don’t do.”

Following a phone conversation in which Wale threatened Complex staff after not being included on the publication's Top 50 Albums of 2013 list, he shared his belief that he wasn’t added to the list due to a beef with fellow artist Kid Cudi.

“I’m a bit of conspiracy theorist a little bit,” said Wale during an interview with Hot 97. “So, I believe that me and [Kid Cudi’s] fallout had something to do with a lack of support [from Complex].”

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  • Anonymous
    whats gonna save Whales career
  • d-nucks
    not so fast with this "no roll out" shit. I hope a bunch of niggaz don't think they can do what beyonce did.....beyonce is on that level of stardom...she sung at the presidents inauguration and did the superbowl halftime within a month...she is that huge....any artist cant' drop a suprise album and sale like that.
    • Anonymous
      u right from a marketing standpoint beyonce has established a massive fan base for over a decade plus..including the work shes has with destinys child, movies books and television appearances... not to mention she got a deal with pepsi cover girl deron clothing line and fragrances and a partnership/marriage to jay-z
  • Elsie Ward
    up to I looked at the paycheck which was of $8730, I have faith that...my... neighbour woz really receiving money part time at their computer.. there best friend has been doing this for only about twenty two months and as of now took care of the debts on their house and got a new Maserati. Read Full Report... www.Fb39.com what rapper wouldn't want to make a song guaranteed to be heard by millions of fans in the most profitable demographic, pre-teens and females?
  • Anonymous
    go make a song with gaga you pos
    • Anonymous
      she dont work with bums....
  • Anonymous
    who is this guy.i never heard dat guy or c him b4
  • Adrianne Poole
    til I looked at the receipt that said $8351, I have faith that my brother could realy bringing in money parttime at there computar.. there aunts neighbour haz done this for less than 23 months and resently took care of the depts on there villa and got a new Land Rover Range Rover. read the article... www.Tec80.com y favorite non hip-hop aoty would be Mayday - Believers or Linkin Park - Recharged. I am suprised Mayday wasnt at least a runner up.
  • sxxx9
  • sxxx9
  • yourdad
    This nigga is wack as fuck... I have not heard ONE song from this guy- I don't care to- but this dude is always bitching about something in his interviews.
  • Anonymous
    Beyonce is so much prettier as a white, glad she made the switch, it can only help her sales.
    • Anonymous
      Dude, she looking like a transexual ghost right now. Beyonce on 2003 > Beyonce right now
    • Anonymous
      you mean to tell me a woman looked better when she was 10 years younger? NO WAY
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
    fuck wale, jay z, nas, eminem, and especially tupac. check out my lyricall diss http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaqcNEeIUu8&list=TLveTp8mFgTjlIxg54kBP73cmkLd2EDkmC
  • Anonymous
    FUCK EMINEM, TUPAC, NAS, JAY Z, AND EVERY OTHER RAPPER. CHECK OUT MY DISS BITCH http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaqcNEeIUu8&list=TLveTp8mFgTjlIxg54kBP73cmkLd2EDkmC
  • Anonymous
    Whoopi wants her style back
  • bpitts
    What a great year in music!!!!!!! Seriously, I don't like Wale, but this year, artists have stepped up and started changing the game. Nipsey Hustle, Beyonce, Troy Ave, Kanye and Jay-Z. They all changed the game this year by making their own moves.
  • BGG
    is it just me or does wale be talking out his ass...everytime he opens his mouth its a royal fuck up
  • khordkutta
    Soooo, dude been in the game @ least 10 years and he NOW just figuring this ish out. C'MON SUN
  • Anonymous
    You remember when Wale went after the NBA commentator during the game because dude made a comment about him? Wale got out of his seat and stepped to dude while he was calling the game. He went after a 54 year old dude
    • Anonymous
      a white canadian sports announcer! LOL wale is so damn hard. he really caught feelings cause they had no idea who he was and said he's no drake... who is probably 1 of only 5 rappers those dudes know!
    • Anonymous
      Matt Devlin is not 54 he is just white so he ages terribly he is in his early 40s and got verbally checked by a rapper, no big deal we check yall on the daily.
    • Anonymous
      verbally checked by an over emotional rapper mad that someone didnt know who he was in his own city LOLOL
  • Anonymous
    • Anonymous
      its Whale
  • WhiteBoy
    I wish this talentless fuck would just quit the rap game! He's garbage and his rant about Complex was like a fucking baby throwing it's toys out of the pram! Your album was WACK, that's why it didn't make the top 50 list, and what business do you have mentioning Beyonce? I'll bet she doesn't even know who this fool is!
  • COCA
  • BadJet_413
    MMG is the State Property of todays music lables.
    • Anonymous
      without the street cred
    • @SmeezeF
      State Prop made soulful street music with a lot of feeling & emotion. I wouldn't compare MMG to them at all.
    • Anonymous
      Bad analogy, State Property never reached the success of MMG and as the leader of State property Beanie Sigel failed to handle his business and groom his team for success. State Property had too much infighting but they did have a moderately successful clothing line and dropped some classic music. MMG has surpassed them in catalog, branding, longevity and success but there might be one or two people who make this comparison due to Meek being from Philly.
    • Anonymous
      biggest difference I see is Beanie Sigel goes to jail and Ross locks them up
    • Anonymous
      Try to look at it from a Black males perspective.
  • Anonymous
    Wale just dropped a crazy freestyl.
    Of course Wale had to say that. He is under Roc Nation Management since they offered him the best deal. If he had rightfully said that beyonce's album was shit, jay z would have kicked his ass out.
    • Anonymous
  • Fuck Washington, D.C.
    Local Rapper Who's Not Drake Says Beyonce's Album Saved People's Careers.
  • Anonymous
    Yawl posting all this dumb shit about this dude but he can spit. The album is good. But then again how many of yawl are the "real" hip-hop heads you say you are?
  • Fire Shanahhan
    I fucks with some of Wale music he aint hipster or pop so he get a lil play in the ride I fucks with Trel, Glizzy, Taco Pete, Cobain, Jab and Tabi too. Wale be spittin some flambe with sick metaphors but most peeps only know bout his slow songs.
  • Anonymous
    No time to promote your album? Bullshit.
    • Wale MMG
      Promo touring sucks monkey balls, you gotta go on all the corny TV shows and radio stations and you aint getting paid like you doing an actual show.