Wale Says J. Cole Is "More Of A Jerk" Than He Is

Wale more concerned with the competitive nature of music than he is with making money.

D.C. rapper Wale kicked off this week’s interview with The Breakfast Club by speaking on the recent controversy involving Complex magazine. While speaking on the incident, which involved the Maybach Music Group emcee threatening Complex staff, Wale revealed that he’s not in the music industry for the money and therefore takes more issue with not being included on roundups like Complex’s "50 Best Albums Of 2013" list.

He also questioned why he wasn’t nominated for a Grammy award for The Gifted when a Kendrick Lamar song that appeared on the NBA 2K14 soundtrack and was a good kid, m.A.A.d city bonus track did receive a nomination.

“I don’t care about the money, Joe. I like the sport, yo,” Wale said. “I played sports my whole life. So, I like the competitive nature. You know what I’m saying? I like the sport of rhyming. I want to have quadruple entendres on certain records. And everybody to be rewinding ‘em. And it be in the locker room or at the lunch table talking about ‘You heard what he said?’ That’s what I care about…It’s just a combination of things, but I’m in a place now where it’s like I’m at bat trying again to do it.”

Wale also spoke on meeting his grandfather for the first time while in Nigeria filming Revolt TV’s Wale: I Am From documentary. While speaking on Nigeria, the D.C. spitter also addressed those who feel he’d be more successful if he was more vocal about his Nigerian roots.

“So, I met my grandfather for the first time. So, it was really intense,” he said. “And I don’t really show that side of myself. I like to keep my personal life away. Y’all get my emotional, but y’all don’t really get the—y’all don’t know who I’m dating…I use my real, Nigerian name. That’s the first red flag of embracing it. You know what I’m saying? My first album I sampled a famous African record. Did a video for it. I’ve worked with Wizkid. I’ve worked with [Olamide]. I’ve worked with a lot of these people. Just because they not on the U.S. radar—I don’t know if I need to go Lil Wayne on niggas and put the tattoo of a Nigerian scripture, Nigerian Yoruba scriptures on the side of my face so they can be like ‘Yeah.’ I don’t know if I gotta come in wearing an agbada or something like that. But I do my best…That’s like Drake walking around with a yamaka.”

Towards the end of Wale’s interview with The Breakfast Club, he revealed that friend and fellow rapper J. Cole is “more of a jerk” than he is and accepted the fact that he’ll never be considered a media darling.

“People love Cole and Cole’s a jerk, yo,” Wale said. “That’s one of my best friends though, but Cole is a jerk too. He’s a jerk. He’s more of a jerk than me. He’s just quiet. He’s quiet. He’s light-skinned. I’m like black ass, D.C. loud…Let’s just let it be known now that I’m not gonna be a media darling. I’m not gon’ be Janelle Monae. You know what I’m saying? Janelle Monae talented as fuck. We can do the same amount of numbers, but she can get Good Morning America. A Saturday Night Live. She can get to sit on Letterman or something like that. We can do the same amount, but I ain’t getting none of that. So, I’ve accepted it.”

This week’s interview comes one month after a recorded phone call between Wale and Complex magazine’s Insanul Ahmed was released online. During the roughly three-minute long conversation, Wale threatened to visit the publication’s office and “start knocking niggas the fuck out.”

"Fuck you, dog. You know it's disrespect. I swear to God I’ll come to that office and start knocking niggas the fuck out,” the rapper said. “Y'all wanna see some ghetto ignorant shit? That's what y'all promote. That's the only thing y'all promote from niggas.”

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78 Comments

  • JP937

    He the absolute most corniest nigga for all them name drops. Bruh whole argument was irrelevant for the light skin comment. Throwing temper tantrums at NBA games n shit. I mean cuz name dropped a female...enough said

  • Anonymous

    I really doubt J. Cole is in any way arrogant..

    • Anonymous

      he didn't mean it like that, he means like cole don't like certain people in the industry and wont say anything about them publicly but wale would definitely let it out publicly

  • Anonymous

    I love Wale, she is such a beautiful singer, I loved her album, should have been in the top 50, they are always trying to hold women back.

  • Anonymous

    They both suck at rapping, J. Cole also makes horrible beats.

  • Anonymous

    Why is Wale wearing a hat designed for a 6 year old child?

  • Anonymous

    according to a stylist I know, you're the bigger jerk Wale.

  • Anonymous

    When Wale said he put out one of the GOAT albums (one of the Greatest Albums OF ALL TIME) was he referring to Ambition or The Gifted? Either way he's a fool for sayin that

  • Anonymous

    Swear this guy is prolly the corniest, lamest kat in music today...nigga ya album was mediocre at best...it does not deserve a grammy nod, stop pleadin' and beggin'...just let the music speak for itself which it hasn't...honestly he's hip-hop's clown a fucking mascot...and throwing Cole under the bus was hella wack brah...lite skinned/dark skinned comparisons and shit...my man has a COMPLEX literally...

  • Anonymous

    maybe its because you arent marketable Wale , you looking like Don Cheadle wit wack as dreadlocks nicca

  • crazy mother fucker leather face

    fixing chain saws in house last nite seen demons throwing old bikes around in back yard .this morinng i found their shoes laying on ground.about to put devils mask on crazy at em

  • jasonnns

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCGNTO0qaVc

  • jasonnns

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_kGPh5Hnwg

  • myers

    http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/H4rKlI42nSE/mqdefault.jpg

  • Drake Til Infinity

    This nigga has higher estrogen levels than Janelle Monae.

  • Evil Genius

    Wale is full of it if he says its not about money. Hey left Roc nation for Maybach Music not for creative differences but for money! I lost interest in his music when he signed with Maybach. Maybach is about getting money not the ART.

    • Anonymous

      Actually knowing something about Wale would actually make him more of a fag or maybe just a woman....

    • Anonymous

      The first comment is from a fag, he ain't a real Wale fan, he knows nothing about Wale.

    • COCA

      HE NEVER LEFT ROC NATION... HE NEVER HAD A RECORDING CONTRACT WITH ROC NATION... HE IS STILL MANAGED BY ROC NATION. WALE DOESN'T REALLY TALK ABOUT SHIT. HE'S ONE OF THEM NIGGAZ THAT PORTRAYS HIMSELF LIKE A POET THAT KICKS KNOWLEDGE, BUT HE AIN'T SHIT.

    • Anonymous

      he joined Maybach Music because no one else wanted him.

    • DarkDon

      Wale still "rocks" with RocNation as he discusses his frequent conversations with Jay-Z and J-Cole being one of his best friends. Rick Ross and MMG assured him creative control and room to grow into he's trying to be. If you ask me Wale completes the MMG triangle. Ross represents $, Meek represents the streets and Wale says things that need to be said.

  • COCA

    STILL SOUNDING LIKE A LOSER...

  • whale

    waleyyyyyy doughhhhhhhh

  • Mr. Tibbs

    92% of Wale fans is female bottom line. Wale is the 2013 LL Cool J. And aint nothing wrong with that except he wanna be recognized along side Mc's like Kendrick when body of work speaks to a larger scale. I just read a article on this sight where Young Buck was like when I was on lock I listened to Kendrick, Im a fan. That says a lot when a nigga in jail is listening to your shit for inspiration. What is Wale saying? I just dont know anymore. If you in it for the sport I dont hear you competing. Kendrick bodied the whole industry, do you even got beef with anybody? I think at the end of the day this whining that Wale is doing is bigger than Complex, its just straight envy of anybody thats doing better than him because he's been doing this for 6 years and hasnt received the praises he hoped for.

    • Anonymous

      yeah callin him the 2014 LL Cool J is giving him way too much props and credit.

    • Anonymous

      "Wale is the 2013 LL Cool J." Go slap yaself...smh..nigga's the 2013 WALE...no more/no less...

    • Anonymous

      "do you even got beef with anybody?" Wale has lots of beef. He beef's with video hoes, sports announcers who don't know who he is in his own city, anyone who says something mean about him on twitter and of course Complex Mag to name a few of his bitchmade beefs!

  • Anonymous

    Wale let Tiara get away but Black Cobain got spitz.

  • Anonymous

    Wale be hittin the HBCU circuit showing love like he still on a scholarship so at hot nothing but love for the bul

  • RayS

    I like Wale but he sound lost. It ain't about the money, its about the sport but when that Control verse came out he said he was too busy getting to the money to respond. So which is it?

  • Anonymous

    I remember when an interviewer asked Wale what the craziest thing he ever did with a groupie was and he replied that he took her to Denny's.

  • Anonymous

    this light skin, dark skin shit needs to stop.

    • Anonymous

      WE DON'T BELIEVE YOU YOU NEED MORE PEOPLE

    • Anonymous

      The light skin dark skin dichotomy will never end as long as we live under a white supremacist system that judges people based on their skin color. To Wale's credit he is the most popular dark skin rapper of the moment in a industry that has put Drake, Cudi, Emenim MacEnmore, and JayZ at the top of their 2013. Wale is an odd fit, he ain't hipster enough and he ain't street enough to be on one end of the spectrum or another and he ain't on some conscious shit or straight up ignorant shit, he a dark skinned African dude from DC that puts GOGO influences in his rhymes with references to Seinfeild.....weird fit.

    • joe moms

      Yeah, he kinda had a point until he said that. He murdered his whole argument. He needs to realize nobody likes him because they don't wanna listen to poetry in the middle of a hip-hop album.

  • G

    If he isn't in it for the money, but for the sport, why does his lyrical skill suck ass? Cole killed him on his own song.

  • Sensaye Sixkiller

    Not a media darling? I could've sworn I seen this nigga on ESPN numerous times, high as shit, making no sense. The thing about the MCs from this era is that they got talent, but they just got wack personalities that are hard to like. None of them are for the 'people'. Wale is a nice MC, but just like Kanye, Drake, 2Chains, and some of his other counterparts, I just can't 'root' for these niggas because they give off this attitude of a snobbish prick that is talking down to their listeners rather than TO them. There's no 'connection' between them and their listeners. They treat their listeners like custies, which they essentially are, but still, Hip-Hop is supposed to be relateable. Who can really relate to these niggas other than each other? They're like a fraternity of overpriveleged college fratboys, stroking each other's ego, making 'safe' records.

  • Anonymous

    I cant even hate on Wale, too much success and too much talent. It must have felt like a dream to be able to meet your grandfather for the first time as a celebrity, LOL, that shit would be dope. Salute to Wale success.

    • Anonymous

      "Imagine the feeling of putting on for your whole city on the rap tip and then signing your own artists to your own label! " Can't imagine how desperate you gotta be to sign a deal to Wale's label.

    • Anonymous

      "What success? What talent?" Bought his mother a house and paid for his family to go back to visit their homeland while he met his Nigerian relatives for the irst time, yeah he's rich and famous with Granmy moms, Gold and platinum records but some things are even more valuable than money. Imagine the feeling of putting on for your whole city on the rap tip and then signing your own artists to your own label! Wales success is inspiring!

    • Anonymous

      arguably more succesful than Gucci Mane

    • Anonymous

      Which is nothing compared to other rappers.

    • Anonymous

      cant deny a gold album, platinum single and a grammy nom

    • Anonymous

      What success? What talent?

  • Trey

    J. Cole made 9 or so entire lines dissing gay people, threw in some dumb lyrics about autism did the mentally handicapped again after apologizing, and when he discusses women or relationships, they are as shallow as can be and gives no character to any of them whatsoever. Kinda unexpected at this point, to be honest. Always had a feeling he was a bit more arrogant than he let on.

    • BP

      foh he did not diss gay people. people would be all over his ass for that. and oh my gosh he's rapping mostly about hoes with no character, nigga who fuckin doesn't do that

  • Anonymous

    Wale respects everyones opinion unlike J Cole.

    • Anonymous

      He didn't give Complex any respect when they snubbed him from their Best Albums of 2013 list. He didn't give those sports announcers any respect when they call him a local rapper and said he's no Drake. Should I continue?

  • Anonymous

    He's no more sensitive than Curtis.

  • Anonymous

    Wale is such a sensitive ass cornball

  • Anonymous

    Damn wale has some quoteables.... He is so sensitive. He is more of a clown than anything. He needs to get tougher skin

  • Anonymous

    They say its sometimes better never to meet your idols cause it wont be what you expect. i like coles music but he does seem like the type of dude to be a dick in real life

  • So Icy Girl!

    Has Whale been abusing drugs with Gunplay? I swear I just heard him say he put out a GOAT album.

  • Anonymous

    Wale is such a pretty lady, I love her music

  • Anonymous

    Janelle Monae got more talent

  • Daniel

    It's not they she is more talented People like her more. Wale your coming off as a lil bitch the more you talk. If your in it for the sport of rhyme shut the fuck up and rhyme then.

  • Anonymous

    Thats funny cause I've never heard J Cole throw a temper tantrum but I've seen/heard Wale throw like 4 hissy fits

  • BIG GUWOP

    Stick to writing pointless news articles.

  • Anonymous

    wale needs to grow some balls and stop acting like a female

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