Named GQ “Man Of The Year” Alongside Drake And Kid Cudi

Date: Dec 2009

Hypemeter: 40%

Complex says: Seeking to fulfill their own prophesy that Wale would be “the greatest new rapper since Jay-Z”—GQ magazine honors the rapper with a “Man Of The Year” cover alongside Drake and Kid Cudi. The write-up, which dubs the three Gangsta Killers, praises Wale’s live performance skills and slick-witted lyricism as opposed to rapping about gun violence. This burst of positive publicity helps staunch the bleeding.