Wale’s Manager Explains Rapper’s Affiliation With Roc Nation

Washington, D.C. rapper Wale announced his affiliation with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label in a live performance video clip that recently surfaced on the net- leaving many fans confused as to the XXL freshman’s allegiance. XXLMag.com spoke to Wale’s manager, Daniel Weisman, to explain the deal.

According to Weisman, Wale is still signed to Mark Ronson’s imprint Allido on Interscope Records but now, along with his company Elitaste,Inc., he will also be co-managed by Roc Nation.

“[It] just sort of happened organically,” Weisman said of the new partnership. “Wale went on tour with Jay-Z last summer and got to know the Roc Nation people – [he] went on tour with Mark Ronson, who was opening for Jay-Z in the U.K. Got to know [Jay] and it just seemed like a good move for him to do that.”

Jay has several names attached to his Roc Nation imprint, a reported $150 million deal he brokered with Live Nation last year. He has signed up-and-coming North Carolina MC J. Cole, and is in talks with former Roc-A-Fella rapper Young Chris. HitsDailyDouble.com reports that Roc Nation has already signed up a sizable roster of emerging producers and songwriters as well.

As for Wale, Weisman says that his debut is done and is expected to hit stores this summer. The album will also feature cameos from Lady Gaga – who is on his lead single “Chillin” –  Bun B, Marsha Ambrosius, K’Naan and Melanie Fiona. It will include production by Mark Ronson, Cool & Dre, and DJ Green Lantern, among others. – Elan Mancini

  • problemz

    Really good look for wale…mark ronson and Hov are two huge co-signs…son need to drop more material though and get his buzz up a lil more…good for hip hop

  • http://nosite cizzo

    Wale needs to stay on the solo and stop doing collabs with washed up state property rappers

  • DazzOne

    Jay-Z gave Lupe a co-sign, but you see he hasn’t blown up (unfortunately). Maybe this time will be different.

    • Phil

      Yeahhhhhhh ok. Getting Grammy noms and selling out arenas overseas is such a fucking failure.

    • NORTH CACAKLAC252

      I HEAR ALOT OF HATE GOING ON. J BOUT TO ACTUALLY BUILD A LABEL WHERE THE UP AND COMING ARTIST CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! LUPE GOT MORE PEOPLE ON HIS DICK THAN A LIL. IM NOT A FAN OF HIS BUT DUDE CAN STRAIGHT SPAZ ON A TRACK. SO HOW CAN PEOPLE SAY HE DIDNT BLOW UP??? WALE DO YA THANG DROP THAT HOT SHIT. HOMIE BEEN ON THE GRIND AND HE’S ILL. AND YOUNG CHRIS GOES SO HARD, HIS LAST MIXTAPE WAS BANNANAS.. IT AINT THAT YOUNG GUNZ BULLSHIT; HE’S SPITTING THAT REAL. LETS STOP HATTING ON THE ROC NATION AND REALIZE IT’S TIME FOR A CELEBRATION BITCHES!!!

  • BeerGangsta

    J you need to do a better job on picking artist. Something you are not good at. Everybody you pick on your own is garbage. Fucker all down for hisself. As long as that Bitch Beyonce fucking him. He don’t give a fuck about the world. Brainwash!

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  • http://myspace.com/thetruthandthelight Mo Betta

    Wale you need to generate a buzz, put others on, get street cred, be opening for someone else instead of headlining a tour. What else would a hater say? lol Look I aint good at the internet hate/blogger talk.

    Man good show last night in baltimore, you got it homie keep doing what your doing cause your doing it right apparently. You got ya deal, you got the respect of your peers you got new converts everyday in D.C., one of the hottest bands in the land on tour with ya. The big homie Jay-Z & Mark Ronson investing in you. It’s a wrap/rap let’s go!

    I’m with you! We outchea!

  • randal

    U said lupe flopped with hove thts crazy if he did how did he when a grammy idiot…that doesnt sound like flopping to me

  • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

    i respect dude. he doin his thing. i might go check for some of his shit. he sounds decent.

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  • james dean

    forget the album!!! i’m still waiting on that Back to the Feature mixtape with 9th wonder!!! wtf wale!!!!!

  • http://www.donald.com don city

    wale’s a cornball…step your bars up

  • the equalizer

    i hope wale didnt sale his soul to get co-signed by J. wtf dis nigga jigga did make a song called lucifer!

  • http://www.thefairresponse.com The Fair Response

    Well, as a Jay-z fan I hope Wale does whatever it takes to be apart of what Hova is doing. Being that their mic swagger is the same, and they both make real Hip-Hop music. I also believe that Hova stamp of approval will do numbers for wale, and his sales. I believe that the two parties can work things out, hell, they have to if they want to make money.

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  • PIMPIN AINT EASY

    WALE IS WORKING WIT DA FEDS>>>HE AINT FROM DC>
    HE FROM MARYLAND SO STAND UP SNITCH ASS NIGGA>> YOU WENT TO QO HIGH SCHOOL IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY>>>JAYZ U PICKED A PHONY FAKE ASS NIGGA>>WIT NO STREET CRED>>>GOD BLESS>>DO YOURE RESEARCH NEXT TIME (TIMBERROCK)

  • qo

    I went to middle school and high school with Victor (Wale)…let me tell you he was a peice of shit. He was a deadbeat, a bully, and got terrible grades. I hope his career goes down the tubes and he ends up with NOTHING. This is truly one worthless ghetto peice of shit.