As history proves, Wale doesn't really care for lists. So when the internet became enamored by a viral list of the 50 greatest rappers of all time, Wale decided to take it upon himself to tell you where he stands.
"I’m one of the greatest rappers of all time," Wale tweeted. "There I said it..."
I’m one of the greatest rappers of all time . There I said it...— Wale (@Wale) August 6, 2019
If I’m not one of the greatest we’ll then explain this. How I get an Oscar and a Pulitzer and a Tony and NAACP and Starbucks gift card and VMA for this .. explain https://t.co/POeYVlL471— Wale (@Wale) August 6, 2019
Although Wale is merely playing along with the troll, all jokes contain some truth. Hip-hop fans flocked to the post with their opinions on Wale's music. This prompted Wale to highlight the responses to his tweet with shameless plugs for his extensive discography and new single, "On Chill."
Everybody go listen to my single tho .. I’m talkin big cuz I’m doin big shyt . With love tho https://t.co/lR41hv6ui5— Wale (@Wale) August 6, 2019
Who can do “Golden salvation” “bricks” and then jump on “no hands” seamlessly? Me that’s who . Go listen “black heroes” then let’s talk some more— Wale (@Wale) August 6, 2019
Some ppl will act like Bonnie never happened .. it’s fine tho . Sad but it’s fine . We’ll go there another day cuz I ain’t gon stop makin songs like that https://t.co/aG5vTtYxHD— Wale (@Wale) August 6, 2019
Folarin also participated in some healthy fan engagement.
That list came from somebody who was trolling . BUT I will say we have real forefathers that we should listen to when it comes to certain things https://t.co/CTTvdHrSvx— Wale (@Wale) August 6, 2019
I didn’t say anything about a list . I said ... ahem ahem ahem .. I 👏🏿 AM 👏🏿 ONE 👏🏿 OF 👏🏿 THE 👏🏿 great- 👏🏿-test 👏🏿 of all time ! https://t.co/MbUsEjF97W— Wale (@Wale) August 6, 2019
I ain’t gon say no names but one of the greatest rappers of all time trending on the twitter .— Wale (@Wale) August 6, 2019
Wale's sense of humor did make himself and fans reflect on his accomplishments.
If I’m not one of the greatest rappers of all time .. then explain this . Yes before u even ask .. I would like a cookie .. pic.twitter.com/s0xoIcwa64— Wale (@Wale) August 6, 2019
Delete this shit! How dare you not show my sneakers https://t.co/ibt3HNtzz2— Wale (@Wale) August 6, 2019
While some people (Jim Jones) may debate his influence on sneaker culture, streetwear, or other adjacent interests, the fact he's mentioned in those conversations can be a testament to his impact. And if you don't like his music, social media presence, or anything he likes, you have to acknowledge that the man is friends with Jerry Seinfeld and JAY-Z. If that's not enough to squeeze you into any top 50 list then what's the use of having friends?