Once Wane got to TSU, things started to pick up for him professionally. He continued to grow his talents and joined the staff of TSU‚Äôs radio station, WTST-The Blaze. He soon became the station‚Äôs music director. While attending TSU, Wane‚Äôs star also began to rise. It started with his first major production credit when Big Sean landed a spot on XXL Mgazine’s Freshmen 10 for ‚Äô10 mixtape. Wane, then only 19, produced the track, ‚Äú4 My People.‚ÄĚ
Then, once Sean dropped his Finally Famous, Vol. 3 mixtape hosted by DJ Don Cannon, four tracks Wane produced ended up making the tracklist, including ‚ÄúMemories,‚ÄĚ a song so popular among fans that a remix of it was featured on Sean‚Äôs major label debut, Finally Famous.
Next came placements on projects for Young Money‚Äôs Tyga, R&B crooner Jeremih and MMG‚Äôs Meek Mill, the latter of which spawned the summer smash hit, ‚ÄúAmen‚ÄĚ ‚Äď a gospel-sounding anthem that has been mired in controversy for its unwholesome content. Fortunately, controversy sells and the record peaked to 4 and 5 on Billboard Magazine‚Äôs ‚ÄúHot R&B/Hip Hop Songs‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúRap Songs‚ÄĚ charts, respectively.
As for the controversy surrounding the lyrical content of ‚ÄúAmen,‚ÄĚ Wane shrugged it off. He explained, ‚ÄúA lot of (these artists) are blessed by God to be doing what they do. God gave me a gift to make that song. It got me in a better position.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúJust hearing some of his early music, I knew that Wane was going to be successful,‚ÄĚ Brinkley said. ‚ÄúThe melodies and arrangements he comes up with were great even upon first listening. He‚Äôs an overall good musician.‚ÄĚ
Brinkley believes that Wane has the potential to become one of the biggest names in producing, citing Wane‚Äôs work ethic and determination. ‚ÄúSky is the limit for him,‚ÄĚ he said.
Now that his classes for the day are over, Wane is about to sequester himself in the studio for the next eight or nine hours. Wane‚Äôs dreams today are the same as they have been since he was 12 years old: ‚ÄúPut out a positive image musically and work hard so my family doesn‚Äôt have to work again.‚ÄĚ
Wane has come a long way from the house he grew up in on Ewald Circle ‚Äď way too far to ever give up on finishing the degree he‚Äôs worked so hard to obtain. When he crosses that stage in a few weeks, he will be doing so knowing that this is only the beginning of what is yet to come.
‚ÄúGrowing up I just wanted to show the world my talent. Now, the world knows my talent,‚ÄĚ he said, breaking up the silence from a pensive, reflective moment. ‚ÄúI‚Äôve seen how far I‚Äôve come so I know how far I can go. So I won‚Äôt stop.‚ÄĚ