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When it comes to Wale and his music, there’s only one word you can use to describe it: Passionate!

Currently, Wale has one of the BIGGEST songs on the chart, Clappers featuring Nicki Minaj, and has had one of the BIGGEST songs of the year with ‘Bad’ featuring Tiara Thomas. When the album was released, across the board it got “favorable” reviews.

Complex Magazine compiled a list of the ‘50 Best Albums of 2013‘, and Wale’s ‘The Gifted’ didn’t make the list. To understand how his album could be ommited from the list, the DC-Native/ MMG rapper called into the Complex office to find out the reasoning. While the conversation started off civil, as Wale couldn’t get the truth but the “song and dance”, the convo turned left with a passionate Wale becoming frustrated.  

Complex Magazine writer tells his side of the story.

“I took the call, and spoke to him for less than three minutes. In those three minutes (which can be heard in the video above), Wale claimed that staff members at Complex had a personal bias against him, then started shouting and making threats.

‘At this point, you know it’s got to be personal,’ he said. ‘You telling me it’s not personal. It’s like a bold face lie. To be omitted from every type of list that y’all do or be at the bottom of it or every type of way that y’all can omit me, ya will.’

I told him it was not a personal thing. He cut me off.

‘You mean to tell me Juicy J album better than mine?’ he said, his voice rising. ‘Is that what you trying to tell me?’

He did not give me a chance to answer. But, yes: I do like Juicy J’s album better than the The Gifted. Juicy J’s Stay Trippy is one of my favorite albums of the year. And, yes, it very popular around the Complex offices, moreso than Wale’s album. Although it just so happens I was one of the voices in the office advocating for including The Gifted in the Top 50. I like The Gifted. I think it’s good. But I was outvoted.

When I tried to explain how our lists are formulated, Wale cut me off: ‘I swear to God I’ll come to that office and start knocking n****s the fuck out,’ he screamed. I tried to talk to him calmly. ‘Alright,’ he said. ‘I’ll see y’all tomorrow. Get the security ready.’

Then he hung up on me.


Since then, Complex said they reached out to Wale’s management to discuss everything but their request has been declined.

With an album going Number 1 on Billboard’s Top Hip Hop/R&B Album, I’m totally lost on why his album didn’t make the ‘Top 50’ list.

Check out the Top 50 list, here. Wale is definitely heated, and in this case, he has every right to be!