lol again you are missing the point
people don't bring up record sales because they think it's an accurate indicator of how well rap as an art form is done.
it's brought up because wale had interscope-- a hip hop machine behind him. he had an insane budget for his debut, he even had fucking lady gaga on a track, and the ♥♥♥♥♥ flopped.
so the issue isn't the record sales themselves, the issue is why wale was unable to sell with that much weight behind him. it was all due to his own shortcomings as an mc.
so to speak, his flopping was just a symptom of his being a shitty artist.
How is Wale a shitty artist? When he has more subsentence, dedication and overall talent then most of the people that go platinum today. Wale didn't have Interscope, they had him, that's what caused the horrible record sales in the first place. They were releasing songs they thought would sell more, rather then songs he choose, which was a bad assumption, undershipped his album also.