The day after his third major-label album, “The Gifted,” hit stores, rapper and D.C. native Wale went to New York and David Letterman to promote it, but returned to his hometown to celebrate its release.
The Maybach Music Group artist was greeted Wednesday at the W Hotel’s beautiful rooftop venue by a host of friends and patrons eager to congratulate him on the new album, projected by Billboard to become his first No. 1 album next week — appropriate, as his latest release is in a league of its own.
The music industry can be tough, but with “The Gifted,” Wale proves that he has earned his spot. Already on his third album in four years, he says he’s able to remain prolific while keeping each album new and appealing because he’s “in love with the music.”
The hard part, he says? “Trying to find peace with my fans.”
“I have fans from so many different backgrounds, and being that diverse has its downside because the radius of people that you can reach is so small,” he said. “Like, the ‘No Hands’ fans don’t always like the super hip-hop and the backpack fans don’t always understand my earlier stuff like ‘Dig Dug,’ so just trying to make all the fans happy is a little difficult.”
All of his fans should be able to appreciate the honesty of “The Gifted,” a project clearly near and dear to Wale’s heart.
The private, black-tie affair was the first of the Moët Rosé Lounge event series, a six-city tour that celebrates achievement and authentic sense of style.