His beats are synonymous with the Chocolate City. For those who don’t already know the addictive music of Olubowale Victor Akintimehin a.k.a “Wale," D.C.’s favorite rapper, we sincerely recommend a listen. Like, who can live without having heard Flower Bomb? His number 1 albums speak for themselves, and he keeps the music coming year after year, But he’s not just a great artist. He also was one of the few male artists to speak up in support of Megan Thee Stallion after she was allegedly shot by Tory Lanez. So for this hometown hero, we’re happy to extend a spot on The Root 100 list.