Wale Threatens Complex Over Album Snub [Video]
We thought Kanye West’s rants were bad? Wale took it to a whole new level by calling Complex magazine and expressing his opinion on being left off the publications year end lists.
It was no holds barred as Wale asked why his album The Gifted wasn’t picked as one of the 50 best albums of 2013. He also questioned why Juicy J’s album was on the list and his wasn’t.
The conversation got so heated, he told them they they’re “going need security” if he visits the publications offices. He seems to believe its more personal than business with these lists.
“You telling me it’s not personal. It’s like a bold face lie. To be omitted from every type of list that y’all do or be at the bottom of it or every type of way that y’all can omit me, ya will.”
Insanul Ahmed responded to the outburst.
I do like Juicy J’s album better than the The Gifted. Juicy J’s Stay Trippy is one of my favorite albums of the year. And, yes, it very popular around the Complex offices, moreso than Wale’s album. Although it just so happens I was one of the voices in the office advocating for including The Gifted in the Top 50. I like The Gifted. I think it’s good. But I was outvoted.
We talked to Wale’s management and tried to set up another interview, one which we hoped might lead to a more constructive dialogue. Our requests were declined.
Contrary to Wale’s claims, Complex does not hold any personal bias towards him or any other artist. Wale’s album was considered for our list, along with many other albums, but it did not make the cut. Furthermore, Wale has made a number of Complex lists this year. His song “LoveHate Thing” was No. 24 on our list of The Best Songs of 2013 (So Far). We also list his mixtape, The Mixtape About Nothing, No. 20 on our list of The 50 Best Rapper Mixtapes. And finally, earlier this year, we had him on our list of The 20 Best Rappers in Their 20s.
Check out the full conversation with Insanul Ahmed below.