Making a statement like only he can at exactly 2:02 PM ET, which signifies his 202 D.C. area code, Wale reveals the provocative and powerful seven-minute short film for his latest single “Sue Me” (feat. Kelly Price). The song stands out as the opening track of his critically acclaimed 2019 opus, Wow… That’s Crazy [Warner Records]. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
The GRAMMY® Award-nominated rapper/actor/poet recruited renowned designer and creative director Kerby Jean-Raymond [Pyer Moss] behind the camera as director. The surreal clip depicts an alternate reality where typical tropes of the African American urban experience become completely inverted. The inner city narrative follows a struggling white teen, played by Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges [Manchester By The Sea, Honey Boy, Waves], who sees life on the other side for the first time. Reimagining brand names, a “White People Meet” billboard watches over the sprawl as the protagonist visits a “Morebucks Coffee” only to be forcibly escorted out as Wale films the reversed racial profiling on his phone. The climax proves utterly thought-provoking, to say the least.
Wale said, “What if you could walk through a day in the life of an average African American young man? What would you see? What would you hear? What would you face? We wanted to redefine the whole narrative and allow everybody to step into these shoes. I’ve never been more proud of a video than what we did here. Kerby really brought this vision to life, and Reebok helped make it a reality. I hope it makes you think a little. While you’re thinking, stay safe and stay home!”
Wale recently dropped by The Daily Show for an interview with Trevor Noah and an explosive performance medley of “Sue Me” and “Love…(Her Fault).” The D.C. artist also gave a passionate performance in his hometown for NPR Music’s inaugural Tiny Desk Festival. Last fall, he lit up the stage at the 2019 Soul Train Awards on BET with “Sue Me” and “On Chill” alongside Kelly Price. Speaking of “On Chill” (feat. Jeremih), the #1 smash single just garnered a platinum certification from the RIAA.
There’s only one Wale. Since arriving in 2006, he has consistently gone against the grain. An old school lyricist with new-school energy, otherworldly hooks, and a sense of irony tailor-made for its own Seinfeld episode, he instantly set himself apart. 2008’s inventive Mixtape About Nothing cemented him as a critical favorite and preceded the major-label debut Attention Deficit in 2009. Bowing at #2 on the Billboard 200, the now-classic and gold-certified Ambition yielded the GRAMMY® Award-nominated platinum-selling “Lotus Flower Bomb.” Two more blockbusters followed as The Gifted  and The Album About Nothing  both crashed the Billboard 200 at #1 back-to-back. Shine  gave the world “My PYT,” which is RIAA certified platinum, as Wale continued dropping heat. Along the way, Wale covered magazines such as Complex, Billboard, XXL and Vibe, and would receive honors at the BET Awards, BET Hip-Hop Awards, Soul Train Awards and more. To date, Wale has achieved five platinum or multi-platinum singles, three gold singles and two gold albums. Wale continues to break ground with the release of 2019’s critically-acclaimed Wow… That’s Crazy, which includes #1 platinum-certified single “On Chill” featuring Jeremih. What’s more, Wale has accumulated over 7 million monthly listeners on Spotify and has reached over 800 million channel views on YouTube.
Wale also made history as “the first rapper to open the State Of The Union,” gracing the stage with an unforgettable performance before President Obama’s final State Of The Union Address. A regular guest of the First Family, he participated in First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Reach Higher” initiative for higher education as well. Expanding his cultural influence, Wale teamed up with Villa for a limited-edition line of sneakers. These included the Asics “Bottle Rocket,” the Timberland “Gift Box Set” and the VILLA x Wale x ASIC Gel Lyte III “IC Champion.” Wale’s label imprint, Every Blue Moon, encompasses the scope of his creative vision with musicians, comedians and screenwriters under its umbrella.
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