Label: Allido / Roc Nation
Reviewed by: Raa Daddy
When you're touted as one of the Freshmen 15 on the scene, there are some pretty lofty expectations to live up to. DC's Wale has been a monster on the mixtape circuit and after inking a deal with Mark Ronson's Allido Records, it's game on and all engines revvin'. Pigeon hole him as an emo rapper in the hipster lane if you will but Wale is in a league of his own with credible narratives and a team behind him that believes every word he spits. Attention Deficit showcases the hunger of a man on a mission and much like Beanie Sigel and Young Buck's debut albums, you feel what Wale speaks is the god damn truth. On Mirrors Wale goes toe to toe with Bun B over a ruckus Mark Ronson burner, while an uber ill guitar lick plays backdrop to a masterful tale about those who are too busy feeling themselves to notice what's really going on. World Tour is a super dope look into the everyday escapades of a star on the rise, doing what has to be done to make an imprerssion, all the while reincorporating the classic ATCQ hook. When Pharrell blesses Let It Loose with an electro funk, Go-Go hybrid beat, it's instant panty dropping music. Topics range from the story of a lost soul shooting for the stars who falls hard and fast on the road (90210), to the girl who won't let her walls come down (Diary), to the prejudices faced within ones own race (Shades). Half the shit Wale spits is gonna go over the heads of most listeners 'til you pay attention to every bar and digest the genius escaping the man's mouth. Attention Deficit plays like early Jay-Z musically and the East is definitely in the house. TV In the Radio is the most disgusting underground collabo of the year hands down, and believe me when I say, K'Naan's verse is the best of his entire catalogue. J. Cole nearly steals the show with future forward lyricism and the most incredible flow of the entire project with his guest spot on Beautiful Bliss. Wale, with the help of his co-conspirators, delivers one of the best Hip-Hop albums of the year. Nuff said.