Posts Tagged 'Wale'

New Release Music Tuesday

I’m back this Tuesday and hyped about another great album that has my spirits up and running!  I’m still riding the wave of good Hip-Hop albums that have come out these last two months.  It started with Kid Cudi’s debut release Man on the Moon: The End of Day and then Royce da 5’9 came at us with his poetic release Street Hop.  Next up is Wale to keep the wave going with today’s release of Attention Deficit.

Olubawale Victor Folarin who is better known as Wale (stage name) is a D.C. born lyricist. Wale’s first success came with the  airplay and release of “Rhyme of the Century”, in 2003.  The release of his regional hit landed him a write-up in Source magazine “Unsigned Hype” column.  Wale signed to a local imprint record label called Studio 43, which was owned by a former VP of Roc-a-Fella Records, and benefited from  a multiple of hits in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia.   Many of those records resembled the influential go-go music that was often heard in the D.C. Metro area.  One of those hits  “Dig Dug (Shake It)” allowed him to rise as a notable lyricist within the D.C. region.  Utilizing the Internet and Myspace’s music mechanism Wale became influential in his music success.  In 2007 Mark Ronson felt the heat from Wale’s talent, which allowed him to strike a production deal with Ronson’s Allido imprint.  He went on to release “The 100 Miles and Running” mixtape that summer along with other widely recognized mixtapes along the way.

In June 2009 he released his crowd-pleasing single “Chillin'” featuring Lady Gaga.  Although I wasn’t the biggest fan of the single, I have to say the album is searing!  The album is a mix of pop (selling out), hard repping his city and post-backpacker underground music. The album’s quality tracks in a way does leave you with Attention Deficit as you find yourself wanting to skip around from one good song to the other. With Wale’s  lyrical content and the collaboration of some great producing surely brings this album to the forefront.

My top two Picks –

Beautiful Bliss:

Mirro feat. Bun B (Bun B’s verse is nice):

Stayed tune for next week’s pick!
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