Wale threatened Complex staff in a phone conversation that took place Wednesday (December 11), according to complex.com

Wale, upset by his album The Gifted being omitted from the publication’s “50 Best Albums of 2013” list, discussed his omission by saying it’s an indication of a petty grudge against him. 

“Do you think y’all being a responsible publication by continuously to fuckin’ like…do all that petty shit?” Wale says in a phone recording of the conversation, which can be heard below. “At this point, you know it’s got to be personal. You tellin’ me it’s not personal is like a bold face lie. To be omitted from every type of list that y’all do or be at the bottom of it or every type of way that y’all can omit me, y’all will.” 

Wale, who says he has “had no interaction with the company in years,” became increasingly upset.

“You mean to tell me Juicy J’s album [Stay Trippy] is better than mine?” Wale says. 

“Boy, don’t play me, man,” Wale adds. “I came at you civil right now, but it can go completely in another direction. Right now, respect me, dog. Respect me, dog.” 

During the conversation, Wale also threatens the Complex staff. 

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

“I’ll see y’all tomorrow,” Wale adds. “How about that? Get the security ready.” 

Insanul Ahmed, the Complex staff member who spoke with Wale during this conversation, reported on the threats

“When I tried to explain how our lists are formulated, Wale cut me off,” Ahmed said in a Complex report today (December 13). “Contrary to Wale’s claims, Complex does not hold any personal bias towards him or any other artist. Wale’s album was considered for our list, along with many other albums, but it did not make the cut. Furthermore, Wale has made a number of Complex lists this year. His song ‘LoveHate Thing’ was #24 on our list of ‘The Best Songs of 2013 (So Far).’ We also list his mixtape, The Mixtape About Nothing, #20 on our list of ‘The 50 Best Rapper Mixtapes.’ And finally, earlier this year, we had him on our list of ‘The 20 Best Rappers in Their 20s.'” 

Wale earned his first #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart with The Gifted. In its first week, Wale earned the top spot and sold more than 158,000 units, according to billboard.com. The project earned a 4/5 in its HipHopDX review.

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