Wale has made big moves as of late, most notably signing to Rick Ross’ Maybach Music imprint. In a recent interview with Karmaloop TV, Wale addressed what his new musical home is like.
“The work ethic on Maybach Music on the music side and the film side is just out of this world,” explained the Washington, D.C. native. “It’s competitive. Don’t nobody want to be the least hard-working person in the crew. Ross sets the tone for everybody, and we just follow.”
The DMV emcee also appeared to address criticism that he is switching up his image by aligning himself with Rick Ross’ camp. “From the jump, I’ve always experimented with different types of music. Whatever was now, whatever was back then, you’re talking to a guy who rocked on SWV to Gnarls Barkley, to Justice, to Go-go music, to Reggae songs…I can rap on anything. That’s what emcees are supposed to do. It’s about versatility to me, at least as far as the skills go. The album is very versatile. Maybe too versatile. And I’ma continue to be that way.”
Wale also touched on his brief beef with Kid Cudi. “The situation with me and Cudi, it was unfortunate, but we fixed it…What I learned from that is how ugly people can be. I would Twitter search my name and his name and see the things my fans were saying to him and his fans were saying to me. I was like, ‘Man, it was all good a week ago!'”
Watch the interview below: