04/02/2015 12:57 pm ET

Wale Opens Up About Drugs, Depression & Seeking Respect: 'I've Been Through Shit'

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On paper, you'd expect Wale to be a happy guy. His last album, 2013's The Gifted, topped the Billboard 200, and 2011's Ambition (his first on Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group imprint under Atlantic after an album on Interscope) hit No. 2. His new album, The Album About Nothing, in stores Tuesday, March 31, is inspired by Seinfeld and features Jerry himself.

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