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Wale Is Possibly the Nerdiest Cool Rapper, Seinfeld and All

Rapper Wale had an unpredictable and odd 2014. The D.C. representative of Maybach Music Group punched a heckling fan while attending a WWE event in April, left Jay Z's Roc Nation management in August in favor of 77 North -- run by LeBron's buddies -- and had a one-sided "beef" with fellow MMG member Meek Mill that lasted as long as Kim Kardashian's marriage to Kris Humphries.

The dispute ended in peace, of course, after the Bawse, Rick Ross, provided his mediator services for the sake of the MMG kingdom and friendship. But it was not before Wale wrote a response to Mill's Twitter dis on Instagram about how much his presence on the label is an oxymoron, him being a nonstreet, Zelda-loving, WWE-watching sneakerhead more than capable of contributing a standout verse on those street songs and embracing it.

And Wale's nerdiness, his outsider status in the rap game, is just one -- but one very important -- thing to appreciate about him. He's been able to successfully continue rapping with the traits of a slam poet and rhymes that make Rap Genius a bookmark on your Google Chrome tab.

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