Wale made $5 million in 2012; his first tour, though, he covered his own expenses and lost money. "In any hustle, you've got to put in something to get something," the rapper said. "A lot of people think you sign a record deal, kick your feet up. I think when you sign a record deal you've got to become even more independent. If you don't get to a certain level with the push, you look crazy."
Wale financed his first tour himself.