No one is going to question Wale’s allegiance to the DMV area. As he’s worked his way up through the mix-tape scene en route to his first studio production release, the DC-born/Largo, Maryland-bred rapper hasn’t lost touch with his roots, carrying the District’s Go-Go music genre with him along the way. Wale is the epitome of an up-and-coming rapper with snowballing nationwide appeal, and genuine staying power for a long time coming.
Wale has also stays touch with the DC sports scene. He’s rapped about Alex Ovechkin, among other DC sports figures, including Gilbert Arenas and Clinton Portis. He’s also appeared on ESPN’s First Take to rep DC sports, not to mention wearing the Nats’ Curly W while taking pics wit Lindsay Lohan. Wale puts on for the sports in his city … or so it seems.
Late Friday night, Wale twittered:
Maybe not all Washingtonians, or even Wizards fans, were actively rooting against LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs. But most ‘true’ Wiz fans, in good conscience, are probably pretty damn glad the Cavs lost Saturday night, myself included.
So admittedly, Wale expressing support for Cleveland left a bad taste in my mouth …. a response was necessary.
To which Wale answered:
Wale can surely root for whomever he wants … and there’s no way his DC card is really getting revoked. But it’s kind of tragic that his lack of support for the hometown NBA squad is predicated on “run-ins” he’s had with players who won’t always be apart of the franchise.
One can only wonder, if the Wizards were winning, perhaps in yet another emotionally charged playoff series against Cleveland, would Wale be sporting a Gilbert Arenas or Caron Butler jersey on the Phone Booth sidelines, or would he saddling up next to Jay-Z making Blow The Whistle on DeShawn Part 2?
Such an act would surely indicate one turning their back on the Diamond District. Lucky for Wale, the Wizards’ bandwagon remains empty as the team is way outside of the championship picture enviously looking in, i.e., no one really cares that he was rooting for the Cavs.
But now that King James has been bounced from the post-season, his Cavaliers almost in as much of a state of uncertainly as DC’s Wizards, fans in both cities can only turn a new page and wish for the best.
Second to his lost dream of a Kobe-LeBron NBA Finals, Commish David Stern probably desires a high-octane ratings boost of a Wiz-Cavs playoff matchup in 2010. And if that day shall come, Wale will have a chance to pick sides. I just hope that we can keep calling him ‘Wale Ovechkin’ and not ‘Wale Benedict Arnold’.