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Is Wale ready to quit rap?

Is Wale ready to quit rap?

It was supposed to feel different this time for Wale.

The most successful rapper ever to call Washington home scored his first No. 1 album with 2013's “The Gifted,” his thoughtful third record bolstered by the radio hit “Bad.” That same year, to the delight of many longtime fans, the 30-year-old MC announced he was already planning the follow-up, “The Album About Nothing,” the second “Seinfeld”-inspired project of his career. As if music was not enough, Wale — a sports fanatic — was named a “creative liaison” for the Washington Wizards.

The news reads like it's a good time to be Wale, but during a frank phone conversation last week, the rapper — who headlines Baltimore...