When asked which band he'd like to see reform, Wale singled out The Monkees, and told a story about being on tour with Mark Ronson and arguing in the group's favor during an "elitist music snob conversation." He explained: "You see at home, we didn't have cable but we had this tape that had all their videos on there. I thought, 'These dudes are just as swagged-out as the Beatles—why isn't it poppin' off for them?' It was good music—I'm a kid from the projects and it's on my frickin' iPod."
He was a huge fan of The Monkees.