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Wale Shares Nostalgic New Song '09 Folarin'

The Nigerian-American rapper drops another single in the lead-up to his forthcoming album.

Nigerian-American rapper, Wale is currently readying the release of his sixth studio album by dropping a new song every week this month, which he announces through Twitter.

This week, the artist takes us back with his latest track "09 Wale," a jazzy, horn-filled tune, reminiscent of his early mixtape days. And much like his early days in the game, the rapper can be heard flexing his lyrical dexterity and swift flow.

Previously, the MC dropped the songs "Gemini" and "Daylight."

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Wale: "I Look at Myself as a Black Man in America, But as a Nigerian First"

Wale sits down with OkayAfrica for an exclusive interview about his Nigerian roots and potentially leaving the rap game.

Who remembers Wale's "Pretty Girls"? Or what about "World Tour"? How about his feature on Waka Flocka's "No Hands" — one of the greatest club bangers of all-time? Or on the slower side of things, "Lotus Flower Bomb" with Miguel, which went on to win Best Collaboration at the 2012 BET Awards? And let's not forget "Bad" with Tiara Thomas, which gave him the trophy for Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year at the Soul Train Awards a year later.

Without taking into account his more recent releases, Wale is a walking catalog of hits. Having been in the game for over a decade, the Washington D.C. native is no stranger to the industry, continuing to flex his undeniable ear for what's hot and what's not.

With the difficulty that came with pronouncing his government name, Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, he took on Wale as more than just a moniker—it was his brand, his Nigerian roots. With both of his parents coming from the Yoruba ethnic group in southwestern Nigeria, Wale is a direct product of cultural diversity mixed with a heavy influence from the go-go music scene in the DMV.

Fast forward to 2018, Wale celebrates a new deal with Warner Bros. Records and releases two EP's, Self-Promotion and It's Complicated. At 34 years old, the rapper continues to live up to his stature in the mainstream and hip-hop realms alike.

We sat down with Wale for an exclusive interview below.

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Listen to Phyno's New Single 'N.W.A' With Wale

Follow Phyno and Wale to California in the new music video for "N.W.A"

Nigerian hitmaker Phyno continues his strong form as of late with "N.W.A," a brand new single alongside none-other-than Wale.

The track, which is built on an addictive bouncy beat from producer Iambeat, comes paired with a new music video directed by Patrick Elis. It follows Phyno Fino to California where him and Wale ride around in low-riders and fancy cars.

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