Along with UCB, Wale is brining along a whole bunch of artists along for his VMA house-band ride. The Washington, D.C., rapper and his crew will be performing a series of originals and covers that will definitely keep the Video Music Awards crowd rocking all night.
One of his collaborators, Solange Knowles, gushed to MTV News, "Wale is a good friend of mine. And he's a phenomenal artist."
Meanwhile, Kid Cudi — who revealed that he'll use his VMA performance to "celebrate" last year's house turntablist, the late DJ AM — said he looks forward to working with his "homie" Wale. "Wale is one of those innovative artists," he said. "This is like a big deal, so you know I'm glad to be a part of it, man. That's the homie."
Two members of the All-American Rejects are looking at this as an opportunity to mix their pop/punk with Wale's hip-hop sensibilities.
"They are incredible musicians, and it's actually really cool to get to do this," guitarist Nick Wheeler said.
The band's frontman, Tyson Ritter, added: "Every time you sort of get to cross the streams of rock and anything else, I think some cool fusion happens."
Like all the hot performances set to go down on Sunday, when the show goes live from New York's Radio City Music Hall, Wale's house-band set is all very top-secret. Butt, if [article id="1621217"]Wale's VMA rehearsal[/article] Thursday was any indication, those covers could include songs by Britney Spears, Coldplay and Kings of Leon.
The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards air live this Sunday, September 13, at 9 p.m. ET, but New York is celebrating the VMAs all week long! Stay tuned for party coverage, concert reports, behind-the-scenes updates and more.