Underrated: "I'm Looking Forward To Working W/ That Brother For A Soundtrack To One Of My Films"

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 12:15AM

Written by SOHH for David Talbert

[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Silex gave the entire Ruff Ryders the title last week, film director David Talbert crowns Wale SOHH Underrated.]

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I would have to say Wale for SOHH Underrated.

Oh man, let me tell you something, I'm "from" Washington, D.C. So somebody turned me on to him a few years ago or maybe it was a couple years ago. I was listening to his mixtape and I was like, "Oh man, this dude is bananas, man!"

And then he put out the 11-1-11 [mixtape], I mean this dude is just amazing. It's interesting because D.C. is known for, of course, go-go, but we're really not known for hip-hop [as much].

I've got mad love for him and I'm looking forward to working with that brother for a soundtrack to one of my films or something, whatever. I just think that brother is a beast.

I haven't gotten a chance to meet him face-to-face or see him perform live, I've just listened to his music. He's such a beast, man.

David E. Talbert was a producer, writer, and director of several successful musicals that were sometimes tagged as gospel theater, but which he preferred to call "soul" plays. San Francisco Chronicle journalist Robert Hurwitt described them as "star-powered cautionary comedies laced with gospel songs and heavy sexual innuendo, wrapped in a family-values Christian moral and heavily marketed to African-American communities." Indeed, Talbert musicals like Mr. Right Now and His Woman His Wife have brought such impressive box-office receipts that Talbert was hired to write and direct Ain't No Mountain High Enough, a Broadway musical of the Motown Records story. Talbert noted that while his plays could be classified as gospel theater, "the word gospel means nothing but the truth," in an interview with Lori Talley for Back Stage West. "And what's helped me along the way is that I've stayed true to my voice."

Check out Wale's music below:

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