Tuesday, September 29, 2009

My Interview With Reggie Pt 1

So I had the absolute pleasure of being interviewed by my boo my heart my superstar Reggie!! He is absolutely fabulous and has some of the best blogs in the blogger world! He's actually also just invited me to be a part of his FEMALE blog which is the answer to his MALE blog! So be on the lookout for both! Make sure you also be on the lookout for his blog called Clowns which is a follow up to his popular blog titled Circus. And last but not least check out www.reggieiscrazy.blogspot.com

Barbies and Kens, I had the honor to interview my love, my superstar, my heart, my everything and the AB-SO-LUTE-LY lovely Miranda Lewis aka Ran. If you are NOT following her, run over to http://www.stillstanding.blogspot.com . She has been one of my supporters, my "barbies", my "stans" and had contacted me while in rehab and wished me the best. And I have to thank her again for her support. Thanks boo. When she moves to Florida, she has invited me and I will be going. Hey, I need a vacation. And with my other favorite blogger, B.Floyd together, that will be a hot ass mess. Fuckery with no change. I have a fuckery filled interview with the one and only Ran. I dish the "t" so get your damn cup and grab the ice! No Nuvo, only Patron! I don't need no drunk ass comments! ("Henny, Ciroc, Grey Goose, and Patron are my favs!" "Ran")   Ran is a follower and avid reader of this blog, so leave my girl some LOOOVEEE!

1. What is your real name? Miranda Marie Lewis

2. Beyonce has Sasha Fierce. Mariah Carey has Mimi. And Whitney has crack. Do you have any alter egos? Ran, Randa Boo, Randi, Randa, I have quite a few;o)

3. Is it true if you keep dying your hair it will fall out? IDK? If you don't take care of properly, then more than likely, yes your hair will be a wrap!!!

4. What did you want to be when you grew up? I am what I wanted to be! A Nurse!! I love helping people and learning about different illnesses and cures.

5. How did you get into blogging? My best friend got me into blogging. I was going through a rough depressing time and he told me it was very therapeutic for him so I should try it! And I'm glad I did!!

6. Do you like your job? Or would you rather blog professionally? I absolutely love my job! Its so rewarding for me that I don't consider it a job, but a pleasure and an honor!

7.Your type in men? Hmmm.... Tall nice build, smart, goal oriented, family oriented, funny, caring, respectful, dependable, trusting, understanding, supportive, adventurous, fashionable

8.Dating? Haha! I wish! Naaa newly single after 6 yrs...."I'm single again, back on the prowl" lol j/k

9.Still Friends with a ex? Yes, he's my best friend actually!

10.What is your dream now? To get my 2nd degree in Business mgt and one day open my own hospital in which I'd dedicate to my late grandmother, grandfather, and my mom.

11. Marriage? I feel like I should have been married, but somebody didn't put a ring on it!!! Lol but everything happens for a reason. But its def in my future plans:o)

12.Blackberry or Iphone? Imma BB girl!! 8900 Curve to be exact!13. Blunt or bottle? Bottle!! Henny, Ciroc, Grey Goose, and Patron are my favs!!

Stay tuned for part 2!! It gets better!!;o)

Life Is Full Of Curves

This last past months have been such a curvy winding twisting road. With the bumming out of me not moving to Florida after everything was set up and ready to go, except for the job. That has been the biggest disappointment for me to date.

I was so looking forward to leaving and starting off a new chapter in life. Especially after one truly important deciding factor didn't come through like thought it would. You know how sometimes you think you know someone and you realize you don't know them as much as you thought you did? Or you expect them to express themselves a certain way and they don't?

Well that's what happened to me. At first me wanting to move was because of the loss of family members back to back to back. The loss of another loved one and also the loss of someone who I've loved for 6 years. I felt like I wanted to just run away and be around new surroundings new people start a new life.

As time went on I admit I started to have second thoughts, but deep down I knew it was something I needed to do. They say when you don't go and make a change out of your comfort zone then there's no growth. I truly do believe that's true. I have been in a comfort zone for all of my life. And that's what made me really want to go!

It would have been easy for me to still go down and resume life, but with out a job down in Orlando I would have lasted all of a good year before I would have to start worrying about making $$. But that still doesn't include medical needs, school, and any other "emergencies" that may have popped up.

I had been pissed, stressed, sad, disappointed, and more about the situation. But after sitting dow evaluating everything and praying I've realized that everything truly happens for a reason. I've always been a firm believer in that, and this was a time I needed to listen to those words I say so many times to others.

After sitting down and just thinking praying and asking for guidance, I understand that I'm just gonna listen and let God guide me where he sees fit for me to go. I'm not gonna bitch moan and complain. Obviously he sees I'm still needed here in Columbus. For what reason?? I'm not sure, but eventually his plan for me will play out.

I will admit since I've stayed behind I've had the pleasure and honor of meeting some of the most intelligent, talented, humble, funny, business minded, motivational people. I know that they were brought into my life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Where they fall only time will tell, but at the moment I'm loving and cherish each and everyone one!!

Yes, this life of ours is always filled with so many twists, turns and curves. Its how we maneuver through them all that makes us or breaks us! I'm a Lewis and I'm not meant to be BROKEN!! Hence the title of my blog STILL STANDING!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Okay I'm a shoe freak and I'm actually in the search of a house or condo with at least 3 good walk in closets!! Lol But these are some goodies I found and loved!

And please be advised what I find hot and sexy may not be what YOU find hot and sexy! So no hate please! 'Preciate it!

It's About That Time....

The Fall/Winter months are upon us so its time for the tank tops and flip flops to be put away!!! (At least around my area of the midwest).

I was sooooo not looking forward to having to look forward to getting fall/winter clothes out because I was hoping to be in a warmer climate by now, but unfortunately that's not the case.

So here's just a few hot coats that I've seen thus far.

Las Vegas Baby!!!

So I am anxiously waiting for the trip that me and a few friends have schedule to vacation in Viva Las Vegas!! None of us have ever been and its also 2 of my friends birthdays as well. So you know its definitely going down!!!

We have been asking people who have been where are the best hotels, food spots, shows, and clubs to hit up? We've been getting mad good feedback and its been great planning the process!

We are all just too excited for our own good and know its gonna be absolutely fun! 3 main comments we've gotten though are 1: Don't end up a part of the Vegas penal system; 2: Don't be a part of the spur of the moment wedding nuptials; and last the but not least the most important one of all; 3: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!! POW!

Stay tuned for updates and pics for this trip because oh wee its going down!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

VH1 Hip Hop Honor's Sneak Peek

I absolutely love my friends and connects! Thanks to them they were able to forward me some hot exclusive pics from the Hip Hop Honor's taping!


Doing A Little Shopping

So I've been sick as hell this past week!! Got the flu and a bad case of bronchitis!! Uggggh ish is whack!!

So in my spare time I have been working from home, doing school work, keeping up with the latest in all of blog world, and of course resting!!

Here are just some of my finds! A lot are for next summer and some are for my trip out west I will be taking after christmas.


Def Jam Through The Years Pt. 1

1984 Def Beginnings: Rick Rubin founds Def Jam working out of his New York University dorm room. Russell Simmons soon joins Rubin after DJ Jazzy Jay introduces the future moguls. The first single Def Jam Recordings release is T La Rock & Jazzy Jay's It's Yours.

1986: The Beastie Boys burst onto the scene with (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!) the first single from their breakthrough album, Licensed to Ill. The track reaches No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 (and later is among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll).

1986: Run-DMC cover Aerosmith's hard rock classic Walk This Way and the single propels Raising Hell to become one of the best-selling rap albums of all time. The song and video are one of the biggest hits of the '80s, cement Run-DMC's crossover status, and resurrect Aerosmith for a new generation of fans.

1988: London-born American Hip Hop artist Slick Rick releases Children's Story. The groundbreaking single is uniquely constructed as one long verse and is often interpreted as a condemnation of violence and greed. Children's Story lyrics have since been sampled and re-incorporated in myriad Hip Hop songs.

1989: Public Enemy's Fight the Power energizes the soundtrack of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. In 1990 the group includes an extended version on their third album, Fear of a Black Planet. The song has largely served as the political statement of purpose for the group.

VH1's Hip Hop Honors 2009

VH1's Hip Hop Honors 2009 is the first time the show will be honoring a record label. Host Tracy Morgan and a slew of superstar performers and presenters will be celebrating the incredible legacy of Def Jam Recordings. Over the last quarter-century Def Jam has led a cultural movement that has changed the world.

So as I type they are actually filming the show. I can tell by my tweet line that's its the place to be right now!! I so wish I could be there! I've heard the the performances are spectacular and there are also some amazing surprise guests!

I can't wait to see this show! Premieres 10.13.2009 @ 9/8c! Only on VH1

Monday, September 21, 2009

Usher New Album Details

One of the most anticipated R&B albums of the year is only a few months away, but details have remained scarce until now. Singer-songwriter Ester Dean is dropping a few hints from her recording sessions with Usher.

The "Drop It Low" hitmaker was called in to write with the R&B superstar for his new album Monster. She spent a couple days with him in a Las Vegas studio over the summer. "Lots of food, lots of fun music," she tells Rap-Up.com about the experience. "And he's cute!"

Dean discovered that she and Usher had a lot in common. "I knew Usher wrote songs, but we wrote just alike. It was so smooth," she says. "I was like, 'Dang! This is cool.'"

From what she heard, Ursh is returning to a sound reminiscent of his 2004 Confessions album. "He sound like he going back to the 'Burn' [records]—those good, great songs that he do."

Usher's sixth studio album Monster is expected for release in December.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Jwork Wins Big!!

I want to give a HUGE shout out to my Jwork Ltd fam for winning " Best Clothing Designers Of the Year" at the 2009 Ohio Hip Hop Awards! It has been a long time coming and last year they were robbed in my opinion!!

But great things come to those who wait...and believe be they have been patiently waiting for their time. I'm sure the win was a great feeling for th whole Jwork team!! I wasn't invited to attend the festivities *cough* lol But I'm sure they all had a ball and represented columbus well!!

Once again, congrats to the entire Jwork team and all the other winners and those nominated at the 2009 Hip Hop Awards! Keep aspiring to inspire those around you and keep the grind alive!


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Reality star Khloe Kardashian has announced via an interview with People magazine that she is marryinging NBA star Lamar Odom and they are currently planning their nuptials. I am sure this has caught a lot of us by surprise in light of the fact that Kloe was recently rumored to have an interest in Bet's Terrence J. Guess she chose the athlete over the Bet host…ching ching! Isn't love grand?

Sister Kim Kardashian released this statement to People Magazine "They're very, very happy," she said. "They've been together a few weeks, and are literally inseparable. Khloe thinks he's amazing and makes her laugh and smile constantly."

Odom currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers and was born in South Jamaica, Queens, New York. His father was a heroin addict and his mother died of colon cancer when he was twelve years old. He was raised by his grandmother Mildred.

Odom, his longtime girlfriend Liza Morales, their 10-year-old daughter, Destiny, and 7-year-old son, Lamar Jr., live in Manhattan Beach, California. On June 29 2006, Odom's 6½-month-old infant son Jayden died from SIDS while sleeping in his crib in New York. He had been born on December 15, 2005.

Odom was recently featured in Pro Skater Rob Dyrdek's MTV show Fantasy Factory, and is planning to invest in an L.A. restaurant with Dyrdek. He was also was featured in the music video for "We Made It" by Busta Rhymes and Linkin Park. Odom also has his own music and film production company, Rich Soil Entertainment.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Richest Man

One day, Tim was wandering in the forest thinking about and missing his beloved Tammy.

Satan was looking down upon the earth looking for a soul to torment.  He saw Tim wandering alone in the forest and he flew down to meet him.

Satan said:  "Why Tim, I have been looking for you". 

A startled Tim asked: "What do you want?"

Satan said: "What do I want?  Tim, please, I have a wonderful offer for YOU".

Tim replied: "Thanks, but I am not interested".

Satan said: "Why Tim, you haven't even heard what I have to offer.  I could make you very wealthy!!"

Tim replied: "You don't say".

Satan said: "Yes, I will make you quite wealthy!  You will be rich beyond your dreams!"

Tim replied:  "Excuse me if I sound suspicious, but there wouldn't happen to be a catch?"

Satan said:  "Tim, I am offering you so much!!  All you have to do is give up Tammy's love for you and I will make you rich beyond your dreams."

Tim smiled.

Satan saw the smile and said:  "See Tim, I knew you would like my offer."

Tim's smile broadened and he replied:  "You don't understand.  Satan, I am NOT interested in your offer.  With Tammy's love, I ALREADY AM rich beyond my dreams."

WOW! How beautiful is this?! I pray to one day find and have this!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

BET Hip Hop Awards 2009

For the last 4 years, B.E.T has created an award show specifically for Hip Hop fans. Many people come for the show, but even more come for the parties. Do you have any idea what happens on the weekend during the BET Hip Hop Awards? The parties are non stop. The action is all over the city. This is the time to make sure you are in Atlanta, Georgia for what will be a superstar weekend. Everyone will be there.

Atlanta, Georgia has been named as the venue for the 4TH annual show. Thousands upon thousands will jam the hotels, airlines, restaurants the streets for what will be the new premier event this month. Getting a hotel in the Downtown and Buckhead division of Atlanta is going to be crazy so we suggest you make hotel reservations as soon as possible.


It will take place on October Atlanta, Georgia just as it has for the last four years. The exact location for the taping is the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center October 10 for airing October 27. The weekend for all the parties will take place on October 9-11, 2009.


Each year, B.E.T makes a decision on offering tickets to the public. As of this date, they have not announced if they will offer tickets to the public.


The great part about The B.E.T Hip Hop Awards Weekend is that it is more then just the show. The parties, the pre-parties, the after parties, the celebrity functions, the red carpet so much more makes this an absolute must that you and your friends get together and have a fun weekend.


We will have a list of some the hottest parties 3 days before the event.

2010 NBA All-Star Game

The 2010 NBA All-Star Game will be played on February 14, 2010 at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

NBA All Star Weekend is 3 days of basketball action packed tight with events all leading up to the namesake match up of the NBA All-Stars during the 2010 NBA All Star Game.

Don't forget to buy Slam Dunk Contest Tickets also as it is always a thrilling event to see what moves players can create, plus superstar LeBron James announced he'd like to participate in the 2010 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

The 2010 NBA All Star Weekend will once again feature fan favorites such as the Celebrity All Star Game and the ever-popular Slam Dunk Contest and Three Point Shoot Out Contest.

The main event of the weekend is of course the 2010 NBA All Star Game, which is touted as the East vs. West Championship. Featuring the best and brightest stars from the NBA's Eastern Conference playing their rivals from the Western Conference.

Many fans say that the NBA All Star Game is the most exciting spectacle of the NBA Season as the players are continually showing off with spectacular trick plays and gravity deifying slam-dunks. Don't miss out on the most exciting weekend in basketball; order your 2010 NBA All Star Weekend Tickets today!


Breaking News!!

Former NFL rookie of the year Shawne Merriman was arrested early Sunday morning in connection with an alleged assault on his rumoured girlfriend, a reality TV host.

Authorities confirmed that the 25-year-old San Diego Chargers linebacker was arrested on suspicion of choking and restraining Tila Nguyen, best known for her MTV dating reality show A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila.

Nguyen's condition was not immediately available.

Merriman was the 2005 AFC rookie of the year and was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons, recording a total of 39½ sacks. He was suspended for a total of four games in 2006 after a violation of the league's steroid policy.

Merriman has been working his way back to the lineup after playing in just one game last season before requiring knee surgery.


Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says~~"Oh Crap, She's up!"  

Sister Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Love the ones who don't just because you can. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it. Kiss slowly. Forgive quickly. God never said life would be easy. He just promised it would be worth it.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Houston headed to top Billboard Top 200

Whitney Houston struggled with her voice during her much-hyped comeback performance on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday. But industry prognosticators are suggesting the soul music diva won't trip up on the charts next week.

Released on Aug. 31, "I Look To You" - Houston's first album in seven years - is expected to sell upward of 200,000 copies, which should easily enable it to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. If this is the case, Miley Cyrus' "The Time of Our Lives" exclusive Wal-Mart EP, which entered at No. 3 with 62,000 copies sold this week, according to Nielsen Soundscan, will drop down a few slots below Houston's "You.

With a chart entry like that, Houston won't need to apologize to her fans, although she did find herself asking for forgiveness from the 5,000 concertgoers in New York's Central Park on Tuesday for overusing her famous pipes. "I'm sorry. I did 'Oprah.' I've been talking so long... I talked so much, my voice," she attempted to explain. "I shouldn't be talking, I should be singing," she said before breaking into "I'm Every Woman," the last of her three-song set.

Other tracks performed included "Million Dollar Bill" and the album's title track, during which Houston choked up.

DJ AM Had 6 Pills in Stomach 1 in Throat

DJ AM, the high-profile disc jockey who was found dead last week in his Manhattan apartment, had seven pills in his system when his body was discovered, a city official said on Wednesday night.

Investigators who showed up at his SoHo apartment on Friday - the same day he was scheduled to perform in Las Vegas - found a crack pipe and unspecified prescription pills near his body, leading them to speculate that DJ AM, 36, whose real name was Adam Goldstein, had accidentally overdosed. Mr. Goldstein had struggled with alcohol and drug addiction as a young adult, but said he had been sober for about 11 years.

The preliminary findings, disclosed on Wednesday, raised the possibility that Mr. Goldstein's death was not an accident. The city official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation, said there were six unspecified pills in his stomach, suggesting they were ingested in a short period. Another pill that appeared to be the painkiller OxyContin, because it had the letters "OC" on it, was found in his throat, the official said.

A spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office was not immediately available for comment on Wednesday night. The final autopsy and toxicology report was pending. It was still unclear whether the prescription pills had been obtained legally. Mr. Goldstein survived a plane crash nearly a year ago but suffered severe injuries.

At the time of his death, he was working on a reality show for MTV in which he and families staged interventions for drug abusers. In an interview about the show, he talked about the agony of holding a crack pipe again for the first time in years.

"I realized," he said, "after I was holding it that my palms were sweaty and I was like, 'Wait a minute, this is not smart for me to be holding this.' "

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Usher's Ex Speaks Out About Divorce

In June, Usher and his wife of nearly two years, celebrity stylist Tameka Foster-Raymond, filed for divorce in the wake of constant rumors that they were breaking up.

In an interview in the October issue of Upscale magazine, the former Mrs. Usher Raymond recounts how she was savagely judged by bloggers because, as she puts it, she didn't fit the image of the kind of woman people thought Usher should marry.

"I understand where all the negativity comes from," she told the magazine. "Unfortunately I think that some black women are — subconsciously — not in love with the image they see in the mirror. Therefore in turn they do not love someone like me. I look too much like them."

She goes on to say that she may have been better accepted if she were more "exotic" looking. "They would definitely have preferred my husband marry someone more exotic looking. I was not given a fair shot," she explained. "People passed judgment without getting to know me. How can you get the entire concept of who I am from a blog?"

Usher and Foster, who runs a styling company called Swanky Image Group, have two sons together, and even though the marriage didn't work out between the two, she does say that she still loves Usher and that "he's a great guy."

"The dissolution of marriage is always upsetting," she said. "You have the expectation that it will work. But, you know what? It didn't work. But he's (Usher) a great guy. I will always love him."


Olubowale Victor Folarin, better known by his stage name Wale (pronounced wah-lay), (born in Washington, D.C. on 21 September 1984) is an American hip hop artist. He rose to prominence in 2006, when his song "Dig Dug (Shake It)" became popular in Washington, D.C. Wale has released five widely recognized mixtapes. His first full length album, Attention: Deficit is scheduled to be released on October 20, 2009.

Wale was born to Nigerian parents in Washington, D.C. He grew up in Northwest D.C. and graduated from Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg in 2001, after which he moved to Largo, Maryland.



"Dig Dug (Shake It)" became popular in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. The song became the most requested song by a local artist in D.C. radio history and Wale was the first local artist to get any BDS spins since DJ Kool in the early 1990s. The song was included in Wale's first mixtape, Paint a Picture.

In July 2006, Wale hired Daniel Weisman, a former club DJ and promoter, as his manager. In September 2006, after dropping another go-go influenced single, "Breakdown", sampled from Huck-a-Bucks "Sexy Girl", and a mention in The Washington Post, Wale released his first non-go-go original single, "Uptown Roamers." On September 14, 2006, "Uptown Roamers" debuted on XM Radio Channel 66 and was played twice in one day. Both "Breakdown" and "Uptown Roamers" were on Wale's second mixtape, Hate Is the New Love.

In early December 2006, Wale won the award for "D.C. Metro Breakthrough Artist of the Year" at WKYS' Go-Go Awards . On December 15, The Fader magazine associate editor Nick "Catchdubs" Barat visited Wale for an interview and photo shoot which appeared in the March 2007 issue of The Fader.


In January 2007, Wale released a new single to radio called "Good Girls" produced by Gerard Thomas and Demario Bridges for TeamMusicGroup. Daniel Weisman gave the song to Mark Ronson and on February 23, 2007, Ronson began playing the song on his East Village Radio show . A week later, at Ronson's studio, Wale recorded a freestyle for Ronson and in exchange, Ronson put Wale on an unreleased remix of Lily Allen's "Smile" which appeared on a number of music blogs around the world on March 13, 2007 . In April 2007, Ronson asked Wale to join him on a UK tour to promote the release of his newest album. In June 2007, Wale signed to a production deal with Ronson's Allido Records.

Wale released his third mixtape, 100 Miles & Running, on July 11, 2007 as a free download on his Myspace page. To date, the mixtape has been downloaded over 75,000 times. This mixtape includes features from Mark Ronson, Daniel Merriweather, Amy Winehouse, and Lily Allen. It was released on the same day as his performance at the Highline Ballroom, in Manhattan. The Highline show was to promote the US release of Mark Ronson's album and included performances by Mark Ronson, Wale, Saigon, and Daniel Merriweather. Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kanye West, Maroon 5, Clive Davis, Eve and Danny Masterson were all in attendance. There, Wale was interviewed by MTV News correspondent J.D. Tuminski for his first national TV feature, which was released on August 16, 2007.

Wale performed "W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E.", from his 100 Miles mixtape, at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Washington Post profiled Wale on the front page of the Sunday Style section in the October 21st, 2007 edition. Wale is featured on the cover of URB's 150th issue along with French electro group, Justice.


In March Wale signed a joint venture deal with Mark Ronson's Allido Records and Interscope, joining Rhymefest and Daniel Merriweather as Allido artists.

On May 30, 2008, Wale released his 4th mixtape, The Mixtape About Nothing, for free through www.elitaste.com and 10deep.com in collaboration with the streetwear brands Commonwealth and 10 Deep. 10 Deep also released the "Serenity Now" tee in collaboration with Wale's release of this mixtape. Everyone who purchased the "Serenity Now" tee also received a hard copy of The Mixtape About Nothing. The majority of the mixtape was produced by DC's Best Kept Secret.

In the June issue of the German Hip-Hop magazine JUICE Wale announced that his upcoming debut-album will feature production credits from Mark Ronson, Kanye West, Just Blaze, 9th Wonder and the French electronic music duo Justice. In the June/July 2008 issue of Giant Magazine, Wale announced he is making a new mixtape called Back to the Feature, which will be produced by 9th Wonder.

In a recent interview with Washington Post's Express, Wale announced that he was recording a song with Chrisette Michele called "Shades" for his upcoming album, which discusses inter-black racism. Wale also said that similar content found in The Mixtape About Nothing will be on the album.

In a Elitaste interview, Young Chris said about Wale, "We're ready to do a mixtape together; we ain't got the name nor the DJ yet, but we've had some good talks and we'll get that mixtape out." His friendship with Young Chris also has led to his signing to Jay-Z's Roc Nation and has also led to Wale wearing the Roc-A-Fella chain as worn by Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records

Wale stopped into Travis Barker's studio in August 2008 to rap a verse for Travis' solo album, Travis then performed live drums on a Wale album cut, "G Told Me" produced by Sean C & LV ("Roc Boys").

Wale also appeared on Interscope label mate DJ Greg Street's single "Dope Boys" which samples Hip Hop classic T.R.O.Y. alongside Lupe Fiasco and Kardinal Offishall. He will also appear in the video with Alex Schild.


On June 19, 2009, Wale released his fifth mixtape, Back to the Feature, on which eleven of the tracks were produced by 9th Wonder, with contributions also coming from Mark Ronson and others. The album's title, a play off the name of the movie Back to the Future, referred to the fact that a lengthy list of rappers joined Wale on the songs, including Talib Kweli, Joell Ortiz, Beanie Sigel and Bun B. The mixtape received several positive reviews, although at least one critic commented that it represented neither "a step forward or back [for the artist] so much as shouting-in-place."

Wale is featured in "Change" a song by the Australian singer/songwriter Daniel Merriweather. It was written by Merriweather and Andrew Wyatt and produced by Mark Ronson. It was released on January 30, 2009 in the United States and Canada, and February 2, 2009 in the UK (where the song peaked at no.8). The song is included on Merriweather's album Love and War.