Maybach Music Group’s Wale has finally come forward to speak out on the tensions he sparked last week after going on a now-infamous rant against Complex Magazine.
According to Wale, his outburst was the result of mounted tensions peaking.
“That’s rage, man. To be honest, if he was in front of me at the time, I would have went at him,” Wale admitted when asked about his now-viral rant. “Like I’ve said, I’m not perfect, man. Nobody’s perfect. Everybody can tell you what they would do and what they could’ve done if they was me but y’all not. You don’t know what you would do if you were in that position. You’re just coming off a monumental Grammy snub – SPIN and all these other people, they’re not appreciating what you and your fans stand for. I take that personal. I work hard, man. I’m around a lot of these artists that they promoting – they don’t care about the game as much as I do. The art form – I’m not for the money, dog. I love the music and I do this for the fans. … It’s just like sports, you want to see your team win – I don’t think it’s fair to those people for them to keep omitting.” (“The Hot 97 Morning Show”)
The Washington, DC native also suggested Complex has a personal agenda against him.
“I think it is personal,” Wale added. “I don’t even want to shed too much light to that publication but there’s a lineage of things that I’ve seen in the past couple of years. There’s been red flags. I’ve talked to my publicist about it, they know. She be like, ‘It is something. I don’t know what it is, Wale, but it is something.’ There was a lot of things done during the Interscope days, me being wet behind the ears, that I just didn’t know. I had poor media training or I just didn’t know.” (“The Hot 97 Morning Show”)
Last week, Complex editor Insanul Ahmed said the company had no personal issues with the MMG rapper.
“Wale did not come to our office. We reached out to Wale’s publicist and management and offered that he could come to our office for a sit-down, on-camera interview where he could vent his frustrations to create a more constructive dialogue about our list. In the end, the camp declined our offer. Complex has no grudge against Wale or any other artist. Wale is an active, relevant artist and someone we have always covered and will continue to cover. He’s made many of our lists in the past. On a more personal note, I have advocated for his music many times in the office and outside. Funny thing is, Wale made this accusation before and back in 2011, I sat down with Wale and talked to him for several hours. I felt like we had worked out whatever issues it was back then.” (HHDX)
Ahmed also suggested Wale could learn from his Top 50 Albums of 2013 exclusion and work harder for future lists.
“Anyone who’s an artist and creates a piece of art wants recognition for what they create. So I totally understand someone’s frustrations for being left out of a list or an award shows nomination. But look at the way Lil Wayne–who also didn’t make our albums list–handled being left out of the BET and VMA nods earlier this year; he took it as a cue to work harder. There’s a lesson there.” (HHDX)
In a new Instagram video clip, the Washington, DC native appeared to joke about the situation Friday (December 13).
So maybe Wale isn’t as mad as we thought. Unless you’ve living under a rock, you know that Beyonce and Wale have been the two most talked about artists today. While Beyonce was gearing up to release her new album, Wale was gearing up to kick some ass. Earlier today, Complex released an audio recording of the “LoveHate Thing” rapper cursing them out for not including him on their 50 Best Albums Of 2013 list. The tape started off cordial, but quickly escalated, with Wale threatening to “knock n*ggas the f*ck out.” In response to the controversy, Wale released a video on Instagram of him joking about the situation. (Global Grind)
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