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"I’m Finally an Executive": Wale Opens Up About New Record Deal with Warner Bros. Records

"Once I get myself settled in I’m changing the industry the way I see fit and working vigorously to create, sign and promote DOPE SHIT."

Wale is no longer a free-agent rapper.

On Wednesday, the DC veteran happily announced that he has signed a new record deal with Warner Bros. Records, the parent home of his former label, Atlantic, with whom he parted ways with back in February.

"The Wale sweepstakes started the second I said farewell to my last situation," Wale told DJBooth via text. "After several upon several offers, I decided to go to Warner Bros. Records. I had to be NEEDED, not wanted. I had to have a partner; no longer could I have a boss."

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Warner is the third major label home of Wale's career following Interscope and Atlantic, but unlike either of his previous deals, the 33-year-old finally has the control he believes he needs in order to succeed on his terms.

"This is what Every Blue Moon [Wale's label] needed, this what Wale needed, this is what my daughter, Zyla, needed!" Wale added. "I’m finally an executive. A real exec. Watch it all unfold. Once I get myself settled in I’m changing the industry the way I see fit and working vigorously to create, sign and promote DOPE SHIT. I’m richhhhh, biyaaaaatch."

Wale would not reveal the terms of his new deal, but he did confirm that Rick Ross' MMG, who he signed to in 2010, will still play a role in his career.

To sign or not to sign? For Wale, the answer was always clear.

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