Wale Talks Ending Beef with Kid Cudi, Maybach Music

The D.C. emcee explains how he and Kid Cudi squashed their differences and how he fits in with Rick Ross.

Complex recently caught up with Wale to discuss his upcoming album with Rick Ross, Meek Mills and Pill, Self Made. During the interview, the D.C. emcee discussed how he fits into the Maybach Music scheme and how it's affected his music. He said that the move to Rozay's imprint hasn't change anything about the content of his lyrics, but that it's allowed him to branch out musically. 

"I’m the deep-thinking, spend too much money on sneakers, member of Maybach Music," he explained. "I’m not out there trying to do what Pill’s doing or Rozay’s doing. I am the deep-thinking, overly analytical–maybe sometimes emotional—but it’s that same emotional as ‘Pac for me. What they call emotional now, they call it whining...I can’t give you the sound you want to hear because it’s the sound I want to make. If I want to talk about the fucking sex trade on a fucking Lex Luger beat that sounds 'B.M.F.'-esque then let me do that! That’s what I want to do. Just because I’m making a deep song about deep shit, it doesn’t mean I have to go be deep sounding."

Wale also discussed how he and fellow XXL Freshman Kid Cudi squashed their feud from last year. He explained that Cudi called him one day and they worked out their issues respectfully. He also revealed that he has since worked with the G.O.O.D. Music rapper on a song for his album.

"Cudi just called me," he explained. "He was like, 'Man, I fucks with you man, you know?' We just had a real brother conversation. It was a long conversation but a lot of things needed to be said. Some of the things that he said hurt and I’m sure some of the things I’ve said or done probably hurt. The nigga told me what was on his mind and I respect that. We handled it like men."

He also added, "He’s going to be on my upcoming album. When we first got cool again, he said, 'What have you been working on?' I said, 'This song that I just got. You would sound good on it.' The song is produced by this guy from France, Spiff TV actually brought me the beat. He recorded it from his iPhone, Ross’ producer mixed it down, and it sounds like a real song. He’s actually redoing the hook. It’s kind of a Camp Lo vibe. I don’t want to call it what we say throughout the song which is, 'Rolling, we rolling, we rolling.'"

Wale also explained he feels that people in the industry don't appreciate him as an artist. He even went as far as to call out Complex, saying he feels offended by how the magazine profits off the alternative lifestyle that he and other rappers live.

"Sometimes I wake up and think the world hates me," he said. "I feel like the industry might hate me. But that’s the mentality I grew up in because I’m black. I’ve been trained to believe the world hates niggas. It’s society. Like, being pulled over at church and being 14 years old? It makes you look at the police differently. There were times when I was in the front seat and they told me, 'Don’t do nothing,' and they took me out the car, and they pulled the gun out on my man and everything. I’ve seen it all. I’m not bitter to nobody man. If I was bitter I wouldn’t even talk to a lot of them. I wouldn’t be doing no interviews.

"Especially with Complex. I thought they were really trying to...I’m not going to lie, I was a little bit offended. I thought there’s a market that myself, Cudi, and a couple other artists helped. [We didn’t help it] survive, because Marc Ecko doesn’t need none of us. But I felt it was a company that we helped keep thriving. Them little kids in DC, they wouldn’t know nothing about no damn Nudies and no damn APCs and all that if it wasn’t for me. So I’m more or less the mid-Atlantic ambassador for the alternative lifestyle that Complex is promoting. We—and when I say we, I’m including myself and the niggas at Complex—are the people in the school that are like, 'What the fuck is those? What’s that?'"

25 Comments

  • wale is boring as shit

    lol why does wale always flaunt his gross ass lookin beard his rhymes put me to sleep the only good shit he ever did was the mixtape about nothing

  • Youngindy21

    Glad they ended their beef because Wale and Kid Cudi are two of my favorite artists in Hip-Hop right now. Also I agree with everybody else why did Wale sign with Rick Ross' lame *ss? Anyway Kid Cudi and Wale should do a mixtape together.

  • Ummm

    Im pretty sure Wale just came out of the closet and outted Kid Cudi in this interview at the same time. "We promote an alternative lifestyle"....Dont know how yall missed that?

  • Anonymous

    wale is the truth

  • DC BE ME

    WALE NEED TO STOP TRYIN TO BEEF WITH OTHER RAPPERS CAUSE THA NIGGAH'S LYRIC'S SUCK ANYWAYS , HOW YOU GONNA BE FROM DC AND YOU MAKE A WEAKASS CD ?? REPRESENT WHERE YOU FROM , AND STOP TRYIN TO BE A POP ARTIST ... WACKASS CLOWN GO BACK INTO THE LAB AND MAKE A BETTER CD , BEEF OVER WHO SKINNY JEANS ARE TIGHER YOURS OR CALI SWAGG !!! I FROM DC AND I WOULDN'T ROCK TO YOUR CD IN A ALL WHITE KID PARTY !!!!!

  • 60 cent

    LOL look at Wale...with his big hickory smoked ham lips

  • Jose Vasquez

    Wale and Kid Cudi had a beef? Didn't even hear a diss track. Mainstream Hip Hop is getting soft and more money oriented.

  • GaingGreen

    Snoop didnt Say Get it how you live but....im comparing it to Snoop Dogg and No Limit Records

  • GaingGreen

    Yo I dont like it but i understand it at the end of the day its about that $$$$. Just him be associated with Rick Ross and those other radio rappers who I personally dont like they make money by playing that game . If his music does not change and he getting his Dough then Big up WALE but dont SELL OUT TO THE GAME stay the same that all i am saying... get it how you live (Snoop and No Limit Records)!!!!

  • GainGreen

    @RickRoss Yo you talk about living a alternative life style but you were a security guard for 18mths why dont your rap about that????--->http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/screw-rick-ross ......proof

  • Sam Ritz

    wale is the biggest douchebag in the universe.

  • Anonymous

    Wale is a simple ass rapper.

  • JordansOrgans

    I don't understand why wale sounds like a really intelligent dude in his music, but sounds like a complete dumbass in his interviews. What the fuck kind of analogy was that towards the end? I'm a fan, but he needs to come correct with the interviews.

    • ur better judgement

      he's sayin he was the cat in school who had it first. what the fuck are those? oh these ol things, these are dunks not air force I's. thats me 2 btw. for like 3 years people were callin my sb's forces. but they always asked about them cause it was fresh

    • Jonesy McFly

      Nas Is the same way.. he sounds like a idiot in interviews. And if wale spit on the album like he did on pandamonium we are looking at something special here. "They say im special like Devin Hester on 4th Down, so all that bullshit u kicking i aint worried bout"

    • Ruffdraft

      hahaha. I been meanin to say somethin about this for this longest. Either he has a ghost writer or a ghost-interviewee.

  • Anonymous

    "I don’t want to call it what we say throughout the song which is, 'Rolling, we rolling, we rolling.'" Yup. Sounds really original.

  • Anonymous

    Being friends with Kid Cudi makes you a lame. Beefing with Kid Cudi makes you a lame. Signing with a fake drug dealer when you don't even rap about that type of shit makes you a lame. Wale = Lame.

    • ^^^^^^^

      Shut the fuck up you hatin ass nigga!!!! He handle his shit like a man and deaded the beef. And so what he doing songs with ross and you behind the computer with dick in hand beatin off to porn do me a favor and go play in traffic hater!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Aint none of that shit rhyme! Shut up and rap you rapper.

  • Anonymous

    wale is a problem he has mad flow cant wait for his album

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