After spending a number of years with Atlantic Records, Wale is taking his talents to Warner Bros. Records. On Wednesday (May 16), the Washington, D.C. rapper announced he has signed a deal with Warner. Bros and is gearing up to release his sixth full-length album this year.

“This is an exciting step for me," Wale said. "I am thrilled to be at a company that is willing to showcase my artistry, while supporting my entrepreneurial spirit. I felt their passion, commitment, and enthusiasm from day one. They believed in my vision wholeheartedly, and I am ready to show and prove.”

Warner Bros. Records' co-chairman and COO Tom Corson also celebrated the move and praised Wale as an artist. “I am delighted that Wale has joined Warner Bros. Records,” Corson said. “He is a pillar in the hip-hop community and beyond; with his cultural relevance and lyrical prose, he continues to elevate the game. Wale is truly a force to be reckoned with and we look forward to a successful partnership for years to come.”

Along with the signing announcement, the "Staying Power" rapper also shared the Jacquees-assisted song "Black Bonnie" which is featured on the previously released It's Complicated EP. The four-track record also includes the songs "It's Complicated," "Effortless" and "Let It Go."

Earlier this month, Wale dropped his Self Promotion EP, which he teased would be his last independent record. "This will be my last indie project .. it’s been fun (and lucrative) but I have goals to accomplish outside music. New chapter," he tweeted on May 8.

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