Wale ft. 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, & Trey Songz “Bait (Remix)”

I have been a longtime fan of Mr. Folarin and when the original version of this song came out towards the end of the summer it had the whole of Washington, D.C. on smash. There wasn’t a club you went to that didn’t play this record so naturally Wale decided to make a remix with some of his industry friends. Backed by a go-go inspired beat from Tone P and the legendary go-go band UCB this had all the makings of a hit locally. The record never really took off in the rest of the country due to its sound and lyrics focusing so hard on D.C. slang, (bait means someone of the opposite sex you are attracted to and want to have some fun with), and references so I’m guessing this is Wale’s way of allowing it to reach to a wider audience. 2 Chainz has been tearing it up recently on a string of guest verses and Rick Ross is his boss so you know he had to put him on the track. I could definitely do without the awkward rapping/singing of Trey Songz though. But of course Wale ends the track fittingly by killing the beat and outshining his guests. This song gets me hype everyday and motivates me to want to do something important. I mean how can you not when you’re being told “Work, Work, Work, Work!”


New Music: Wale ft. Big Sean “Slight Work” [Prod. by Diplo]

This is a brand new joint that will see it´s place on the highly anticipated upcoming sophomore LP, Ambition, from Wale on 11/1/11. With production by the world famous DJ/Producer Diplo and a feature from the Finally Famous Big Sean, Wale offers up a mesmerizing flow over a ridiculously catchy sample. This is a different sound than the typical hip-hop song and both Wale and Big Sean bring their A game on this one. I have been a huge fan of Wale since I first heard him in 2004 on the radio back in D.C. I have seen his rise as one of the top up-and-coming MCs and have followed his path closely. Many people thought he would lose his integrity and lyrics once he signed to Rick Ross´s Maybach Music Group but I think with his recent work you can tell he still is keeping his lyrical ability and has not changed into some trap rapper. I am anxiously awaiting the release of Ambition next week and this song has made the wait that much harder.