As any rapper should, Wale is proving fairly divisive–with people people hating, disliking, not caring, feeling and loving, I guess he’s doing something right? His debut full length is certainly different then his mixtapes. Here is my review, courtesy of Treblezine.
Despite the clever appropriations of things like tofurky, soyrizo and other animal-friendly re-workings, fledgling vegetarians are eventually forced to accept the fact that it’s unquestionably impossible–even with advanced gastronomical technology–to make these meat-free substitutions taste identical to the bloody nectar of the cows, pigs and chickens. Two years ago, various mixtape DJs were hurling beats at Wale like a zookeeper would wildebeest legs to a hungry lion. And, like the lion, the D.C.-bred rapper tore into them with famished abandon. Wale triumphantly gutted these beats of all of their original intent and replaced them with his own stampede of polysyllabic equivocations and rapid-fire metaphors. A prolific streak of mixtapes established Wale as a rapper’s rapper.
Wale is anything but a beast. 9th Wonder, I suppose he’s closer to bestiality, sans the zoophilia definition. But if I’m not mistaken Wale is in the business of disappointment as of late. His first week record sales of his first LP, Attention Deficit, were meager when contextualized within the Wale marketing scheme. This prompted a managerial gem of a disclaimer from Wale’s manager, Weisman told XXL “Wale’s the type of artist who is bigger than the metrics say he is.” Well of course he is Daniel. He’s a real beast. Peep the track and let me know, are you impressed?
This post is to let you know that I’m working on a review of Wale’s album Attention Deficit right now, should be up soon. The album is good though, know that. Perhaps even worth paying cash-money for (he’s given you enough free ish already, hasn’t he?). I also wanted to post something where I could use this ridiculous, but awesome, graphic I found; I hope to someday be reincarnated as a mixtape artist. Aside from this graphic, this pic of Wale has been used for the single to “Nike Boots” as well as the cover for The Mixtape About Nothing. It was taken while I was at URB for the cover of their 150th issue, so I always get sentimental when I see it.
Speaking of URB, they just launched their new site, scope it!
Below is–what I think is–the best track on the album “TV in the Radio” which has a guest-verse from K’Naan. Ill.
Interviewing Portable Payback recently I recall Marc 7 making a strong point that he was upset that Jurassic 5 had turned down an opportunity to work with the Dave Matthews Band a few years back. At first I was a little taken a back by the emphatic point Marc was making about working with a fluffy rock band who was known for making Caucasian girls swoon across our sketchy land. And then I realized that he wanted to work with them BECAUSE they had that effect on those girls heart rates. In other words, the color that matters is green. If you can ride the gravy train that is the coattails of an industry supported giant like DMB or in Wale’s case, John Mayer, than you hop on board with a smile on your face and a bib around your neck.
This new Wale track with John Mayer is not the only time these two have partaken in the same activity. Both of these musicians jumped on the New Era phenomenon of commissioning musician edition fitted caps. The Mayer fitted was straight wack, but the Wale one was pretty ill, having co-opted the Washington Nationals logo and all. Peep both fitteds after the jump, and for the record, I think Ped is still selling his Wale cap. The track will be on Wale’s Attention Deficit LP, slated for a November 10th, 2009 release.