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Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Virgin Mobile Festival is this coming Sunday at Merriweather Post Pavilion, and I will be representing DCRC at this traffic jam. As Jumbo Slice evaluates the Fun Fun Fun Fest line-up, a look at the Virgin Fest website keeps me guessing as to whom is playing when and where. They say check back on Friday. I say give it up already. Virgins indeed.

Per usual, I didn't recognize all of the acts listed, so I decided to have a look at one of the acts, Wale. I chose Wale because the name was the shortest to type into the search bar (aside from Jet, whom I've already seen at ACL). I also thought it might bring up some band from Providence, R.I. or the Pacific Northwest, or somewhere whale lovers might spawn.

Here's what I found instead:

Notice that the dude's name, Wale, is pronounced like the robot inspired movie, Wall-e and is not like Free Willy - whale. Okay, fine.

Wale likes his Ben's Chili Bowl (BCB). So much so that he could have called this track, Chili, instead of Chillin. Wale has a couple other vids on youtube, one called Nike Boots (it's not that good, but if you insist). More BCB in that one too. I think if there's any hip-hop to be had at Virgin Fest Sunday, it'll come from Public Enemy. But good to see some home grown talent on the roster for the Vfest.


Jumbo Slice said...

I first heard about Wale (pronounced Wah-LAY) when he released The Mixtape About Nothing. It's actually quite good. Something funny about someone rapping interspersed with clips from Seinfeld.

I also read about him b/c Kevin Durant (also from DC) tweets about him all the time.

Unknown said...

rock club should have been at the free energy show last night at the black cat. i think that band is right up yr collective alley.

wale is a what we call a "volume tweeter," sorta like allen iverson is (was???) a "volume shooter." he's pretty good, but he's realllllly got his eyes on the prize.