Maybach Music Group’s Wale recently reflected on his transition to Rick Ross‘ label and what different experiences he has encountered since moving from producer Mark Ronson‘s Allido Records.
While admitting he is still on good terms with Ronson, Wale detailed the positive results of being alongside his new boss and co-collaborator.
“I went from being around him in the studio to being around good vibes, good grass, good everything. The type of vibes that make me feel like block parties or just hanging with my friends…Not to say that Ronson ain’t my friend…We’re in conversation and we’ll start rapping about what’s going on around us. The last time I was in the studio with Mark, I had to take myself somewhere, because I wasn’t there.” (RapFix)
Last week, Wale opened up about his refreshened studio experience since linking with MMG.
“I never knew how to get lost in music. I never knew how to just wake up, smoke a J, and play music all day,” Wale explained when asked what he has learned from Ross. “I do that now. When I recorded [my 2009 debut] Attention Deficit, I treated the studio like it was a 9-5. I walked in there with my briefcase–which was my book bag–with my music, some energy drinks, and some weed. I come in at 11 and I clocked out at five no matter what I got done. Now, there’s times where I left the studio at nine in the morning after I went in at six the night before.” (Complex)
In March, Ross likened Wale’s creativity and emcee skills to Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West.
“After spending months of my summer working with Kanye, I learned and seen so many different visions and ideas come to light. I was there for ‘Flashing Lights’, when it was actually titled another title that me and Kanye went back and forth about. And when I think about Wale, I think about Kanye. And the kind of rhymes Wale has been laying down the last few months, since we been in the studio, I’m pretty sure there’s gonna be a lot of similarities as far as the pictures that he paints,” the Bawse continued. “Of course, Kanye is one of the greats of our time, but I see that same potential in Wale.” (MTV)
Late last year, Ross also highlighted Wale’s music hunger and grind.
“Wale is a hustler,” Ross said in an interview. “I feel he’s one record away from being the next n*gga. He’s just a naturally fly n*gga. Slick talking n*gga. That’s right up my alley. I just think that comradery, riding with Rozay, it’ll mean that much more. I feel he’s one record away. As well as Meek Millz.” (The Source)
Prior to switching labels earlier this year, Wale aligned himself with Mark Ronson beginning in 2007.
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