Wale Mixtape Crashes Hulkshare, Expects Over 1 Mil Downloads


Wale told you so. Heavily criticized since his 2009 debut, Attention Deficit sold an underwhelming 28,000 copies in its first week, the former XXL Freshman now feels vindicated. Earlier today (August 18), news surfaced that the D.C. MC’s latest mixtape, The Eleven One Eleven Theory—which premiered on Jay-Z’s Life and Times Web site yesterday—crashed the Hulkshare page where it was available for download. Lil Wayne and Soulja Boy have previously released mixtapes via Hulkshare, but Wale’s the first artist to crash the site.

“That’s just a testament to me and my team’s hard work,” Wale told XXL. “We don’t never get credit for doin’ anything. They don’t ever notice what a nigga been doin’. A nigga’ll do a show sold out, 5,000 people and it won’t be on no blog. Then some other people will do it and they’ll act like this person got a bigger buzz or what have you.”

Fans rushed to procure the tape after Wale announced its availability on Twitter. To let the rapper tell it, Eleven One Eleven was downloaded upwards of 350,000 times in the first hour alone. Though, a growing number of links and technical difficulties have since made it hard to keep track on downloads, Wale is confident he’ll reach a milli.

“We expect it to be over 1 million over two, three days,” he shared. “But I hate puttin’ numbers out there when there’s no hard evidence ‘cause then you sound like you just tryin’ to make up shit.”

A milli or not, Wale’s already won. His unprecedented feat may have gone unnoticed with the bloggers, but the God MC, Jay-Z himself, is paying close attention.

“I even talked to Jay yesterday,” Wale offered. “He was just as excited. He’s seen the grind. And I consider this a testament that I’m for the people.”

Tune in next week for more Wale coverage. —Carl Chery

  • beanpiii

    Swag.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com ale

    I dont care if this fool sells 1 million or 20 million mixtapes. Wale’s stupid ass flopped for a reason. Het can crash rapidshare but he will always blow

    • Lord Maximus

      Yea, reason being people were still riding Soulja’s Boy dick back in ’09. Wale’s been dope, just accept it, real hip-hop’s about to take back the game.

  • Waleeee

    Yo dumb asss ^^ waleeee got better as the years progress and look what happened now, it obviously have to take someone good to get 350 k on the first hour

    • craze213

      i hate 2 break it 2 u but havin that many downloads jjust means theres that many idiots in the world

  • Myra

    finally wale getting the respect he deserves he’s a great rapper and alot of his songs are good and have meaning.. i dont know why people continue to hate on his fame and success. he is one of the most under rated rappers out there. Rappers and artist worst than him get more credit than him simply because people are just too mainstream.. Wale continue doing your thing i love you, you’re one of my favorite rappers..

    • allhiphop>xxlmag

      are you serious? his first single featured Lady Gaga! and that was in 09 when she was killin’ it!

  • Pretty Cool

    Wale is a sick rapper and love his music, however ive seen him live and i gotta say he was a pretty boring show. Just kinda stood there the whole time…. other than that hes fuckin raw!

  • http://xxlmag.com b.o

    this nothing speacial, game’s red album snippets crashd AMAZON, where they were initially available.why didn xxl report on ths? assumn amazon has bigger space than hulkshare. is it me or does xxl really not like the dude? they gv red a L,while dj khaled and big seans album got a higher rating.. really xxl??? tel me why u hate the game??

    • allhiphop>xxlmag

      because they still on 50′s nuts
      check that wack cover with Souljer

    • jimmyjam33

      shut the fuck up fool, always tryna make out xxl are hatin on ppl, game getsa tons of shine and the red album was a fucking hue letdown, baby ass motherfucker, get off the site if all ur gona do is be bitchy children.

      • b.o

        RED a let down??? u betta put down that cough syrup cuz it must have messed up ur hearn capability. all other forums are gvn it high ratings execpt for xxl, thats why i think they hate game.RED arguably the best album ths yr so far!

        • jimmyjam

          oh the forums wow. the first half was fine, the first half in which he gets bodied by both kendrick and tyler, and jeezy (he also jacks tyler, jeezy and big boi flows). the second half sucked. overall its actualy as bad as his last album, games raps arent impressive, all he does is drop names, tht aint impressive, ppl on his dick hard. shit was an l, a big l, nothin more. best album of the year my ass, wtt kills it, section 80 kills it. two album off the top both kill it. game name droppin and jackin everybodys styles, thts the best album of the year. realy?

  • huh?

    wait, is this nigga braggin about moving numbers on a FREE tape??
    i dont get it… how does that vindicate his low sales??? how is that a grind???

    this is a serious question by the way..im gettin kinda old to be honest and i just dont understand the industry anymore…how and/or why is this an acheivment?

    • RJII

      I guess the hope is that it will translate into record sales when he releases a new album for sale. It is also good that so many people are interested in hearing his new music considering the disappointing numbers of his first release.

  • http://xxlmag.com uncleshady1316

    the nigga is mad nice hands down,killed mad beats,he b over peoples heads,check the back to the feature mixtape,he go in,killed ross n meek on pandemonium lol they gonna hate me for that

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  • ?????

    Why DO people hate on Wale so much? I’ve never hear him rap and I was thinking of buying attention deficit when it came out but didnt. I’d consider buying an album from him if he wasn’t signed to MMG.

  • $yk

    congrats to Wale…but it’s looking just like before…

    putting out good mixtapes, then when it was time to pay, they stayed away

  • Will Morebucks

    So what? Slaughterhouse was internet famous than a muffucka and their CD went triple-wood. I mean, 90% of the rappers music I download I’d never buy if they came out wit somethin.

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