etween headlining shows and nightclub walkthroughs, interviews and studio sessions, Wale doesn't rest much. On this spring afternoon, he's fresh off a brief nap he snuck in after a slew of morning promotional appearances at New York radio stations. But it's probably the only sleep the 28-year-old, born Olubowale Falorin, will get today: He's still feverishly putting the finishing touches on his third album, "The Gifted," due June 25 on Maybach Music Group/Atlantic, in Manhattan's Quad Studios--appropriately located in perhaps the most sleepless place in the world, Times Square.

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