Wale to Bring “Ambition” to HUB

Maybach Music will be in the building! No, Rick Ross will not be here, but his much more talented protégé, Wale, will perform in Alumni Hall at the HUB tonight as a part of the Student Programming Association’s late night events series. Doors open at 9:30 p.m., and the show is free for Penn State students with a valid student ID. There are no tickets for the show and attendees will get in on a first come, first served basis. If you plan on attending, arrive early.

The D.C. rapper first garnered attention in his home town with his song “Dig Dug (Shake It).” He gained a strong reputation by releasing a handful of mixtapes from 2006-2009, including my personal favorite, The Mixtape About Nothing, which heavily samples scenes from Seinfeld. Wale’s debut album, Attention Deficit, was released in 2009 on Interscope Records and was positively received by critics and debuted at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album featured hit singles “Chillin’” and “Pretty Girls.”

Wale made news in 2011 by leaving Interscope and signing to Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group label. Along with his label mates, Wale performed on MMG’s first collaborative album, Self Made Vol. 1, which was released in May. Wale’s sophomore album, Ambition, was recently completed and will be released on November 1. The 15-track album includes features from Kid Cudi, Big Sean, Rick Ross, and Meek Mill.

Virginia MC Black Cobain will open the show.

Here’s Wale’s latest single, “Focused,” featuring Kid Cudi:

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Sam Cooper

Sam is a senior originally from Newtown, PA who majors in print journalism and is a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. His athletic peak was age 11 so he decided to grow a beard and write about sports instead.

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