Lately, it’s been 0-60 for the rapper. He’s gone from a budding artist spitting complex, fascinating rhymes on free mixtapes to touring with producer Mark Ronson and getting signed to Interscope Records (via Ronson’s Allido imprint).
Wired.com Listening Post: Any producers you really want to work on this record? Or that you already know you’re working with?
Wale: I’m working with Pharrell, Just Blaze, my people from back home The Best Kept Secret, and DJ Premier.
Wired.com Listening Post: Any artists you already have lined up for your debut?
Wale: That’s kind of something you can’t really say, because things change. Certain tracks don’t make the album or whatever. So, I really can’t say 100 percent. But I have a pretty long list of artists that I consider friends now. You know what I’m saying? Like Jay-Z, Pharrell, Kanye, Black Thought, ?uestlove, Bun B., Pusha T., Rhymefest. Those are people that I consider my friends.