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MMG Week: Wale Talks Getting A Boost From 'No Hands' & Still Being Treated Like A 'N---er' [Pg. 2]

If you could pick anybody else to join the squad who would you chose?
(Laughs) I don't know. There are a lot of people I enjoy. That's too much of a tough question. There are a lot of good musicians out there.

Something tells me you wouldn’t mind snatching up Cole.
(Laughs) That's too much of a hard question. That's a Ross question.

Who do you feel the closest to in MMG?
Obviously [Meek and I] came in at the same time and we only live like two hours away from each other and we were friends before we signed to Maybach. And [Ross and I] are real close. We talk a lot. I probably talk to Ross every day.

How is it when you're smoking with Ross does he get the crazy munchies?
Ha! He can function very well actually. Better than most people I know with the amount that he intakes. When we're that high we just work nonstop. We turn the clocks off and everything.

You literally turn the clocks off?
Yeah, we don't want to know what time it is, just work.

Pretty much everyone’s favorite verse on “No Hands” is yours. Did you feel a boost from the impact of that track?
It took me to another market. It created more awareness about the music I was making and what I'm capable of doing, so I would say it gave me a boost.

Glad to hear you and Cudi are working together for your album. What can expect?
It's a sound that our early fans grew to love.

Does that mean you got Cudi rapping?
Let's put it like this: It's just going to be something that all the original fans will appreciate. I can guarantee you that.

Do you feel like people ganged up on you when y'all had that disagreement?
I felt like that a little bit. I'm a black man in the United States of America, so I always feel like there's a target on me.

Even, still now, with Obama as President?
Yeah, there's absolutely still a target on me.

Even with success?
We're niggas at the end of the day. No matter where we go, no matter if the suit is expensive, that's how they’re going to see you regardless. You're a nigga that can rap. You're a nigga that can play basketball. You're a nigga that can patch up a scar. You're still a nigga. You can be a doctor, but if a doctor got a sweat suit on and go to the ATM, you don't think the white lady in front of him isn't going to hold her purse tight? She doesn't know that what he got in his bank is five times what she got; he's still a nigga. But that's a whole other conversation.

Indeed. At least you’re a target with affluence, right?
(Laughs) I'm fortunate enough to be living my dreams and a lot of other peoples' dreams. I have to say it's better. A lot of my friends are locked up. I just lost a friend a month ago –murdered, over nothing. One friend is coming home, another one is going in. My life is better than a lot of people I know. I'm definitely happy about that.

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"It is difficult to value something this significant in our nation’s history. It is a priceless asset. It is one of the most important places to tell the story of America,” Shafroth said.

Bernice King, daughter of late the civil rights leader, said the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change had been considering selling the home since the passing of their mother Coretta Scott, in 2006. King said the center will focus on nonviolent educational and training programs.

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