Named “The Greatest New Rapper Since Jay-Z” By GQ

Date: June 2009

Hypemeter: 90%

Complex says: As the D.C. rapper’s star continues to rise, GQ bestows him his highest praise yet when he is dubbed “The greatest new rapper since Jay-Z.” The hyperbole to end all hyperboles—from a glossy fashion magazine with suspect rap cred—garners Wale plenty of attention but also raises expectations to a nearly impossible level.