*Rapper Wale has made a move to Warner Bros. Records, where he’ll release his sixth full-length album later this year, according to Variety.
The Washington DC-area artist, who comes to the Warner Music Group label via Rock Ross’ Maybach Music Group, also drops a brand new track today, “Black Bonnie” (feat. Jacquees).
Wale’s signing was celebrated at a dinner at Crustacean in Beverly Hills on May 15 attended by Ross, WMG CEO Stephen Cooper and WBR co-chairman and COO Tom Corson as well as influential curators, like Spotify’s Carl Chery, and other executives from the greater Warner family, according to Variety.
“[Wale] is a pillar in the hip-hop community and beyond; with his cultural relevance and lyrical prose, he continues to elevate the game,” said Corson in announcing the signing. “Wale is truly a force to be reckoned with and we look forward to a successful partnership for years to come.”
“I felt their passion, commitment, and enthusiasm from day one,” added Wale. “They believed in my vision wholeheartedly, and I am ready to show and prove.”
Wale first came onto the scene in 2006 and saw his first release, “Mixtape About Nothing,” two years later. The collection’s nod to “Seinfeld” garnered widespread acclaim and launched Wale’s music career. Subsequent albums “Ambition” (2011), “The Gifted” (2013) and “The Album About Nothing” (2015) all charted in the Top 3 of the Billboard 200 while his 2011 single “Lotus Flower Bomb” was a hit featuring Miguel.