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Hip-hop artist Wale angrily introduces himself to Raptors' announcer Matt Devlin

Raptors' play-by-play man Matt Devlin ticked off hip-hop artist Wale (Wah-LAY), who is a friend of Raptor Rudy Gay, by appearing to diss him Tuesday: "I'm sure somebody on Twitter could tell me exactly if they've ever heard of Wale. He's not Drake, that's for sure," Devlin said on the broadcast.


  1. Here's a replay of what happened in this video from the game: Rudy Gay made a gesture to Wale to call him after Gay threw down a basket en route to the Raptors' 96-88 victory.
    That drew Devlin's attention.
    When the camera panned the crowd, Devlin called Wale "a local rapper" and made the comment that Wale is "not Drake."
    Wale got wind of this and confronted Devlin during the game and launched a snarky Tweet.
    Wale tweeted to Devlin: "@MattDevlinRaps watch ur mouth."
  2. Here's a photo of Wale approaching Devlin at the announcers' table. He doesn't look too happy.

  3. For those who don't know, Wale, 28, is an award-winning hip-hop artist with 2.7 million followers on Twitter. His real name is Ralph Victor Folarin and he lives in the Washington, D.C., area.
    Here's more about Wale from his official website.

  4. And here's Wale's Facebook page.
  5. The Washington Post talked to Wale after the game about his uninvited trip to the booth, and here's what he said: “I was just introducing myself, that’s all,” Wale told reporter Sarah Kogod. “Nah, I wasn’t angry. I was like, you’re not from here, you don’t know. You don’t know.”
    Here is Kogod's post.
  6. After the hostility died down, Rudy Gay himself tweeted that this was all a joke.
  7. However, there are some who tweeted that Wale made too big deal out of this when he should have just said nothing and enjoyed the game.
    Wale turned to Twitter to knock those who criticized himself for defending his name and honour.

  8. Here's what others area saying about the incident.

  9. If you were wondering what Matt Devlin had to say about this on social media, he said nothing at all.