It’s safe to say that 2009 was a banner year for Wale and, by all accounts, 2010 should be even bigger. Appropriate then that DC‘s biggest contribution to hip-hop in recent memory will be ringing in the New Year with a sold-out show at the 9:30 Club on January 1st. But don’t fret yet, shut-out fans — the Billboard-topping a rapper has just added a second, late night set. (Hopefully, that’ll take some sting out of the hangover.)
Just five years ago, this Nigerian-American DC native was hovering was at the edges of the national hip-hop scene, but slowly building buzz for himself with a string of widely praised mixtapes that embraced Washington’s native go-go sound. This past year, however, Wale really broke wide with an opening slot on Jay-Z‘s Blueprint 3 tour, a gig as the house act at the MTV Video Music Awards and the release of his first proper studio album, Attention Deficit â€“ a record that not only roped in guest turns behind the mic from the likes of Lady Gaga and Pharrell, but also shot to number two on the Billboard Rap chart upon its release in November. Now, along Thievery Corporation, he’s also the second local-bred, globally known artist with a string of sold-out dates at Washington’s most high-profile club. Cha-ching.