Was it that long ago that Wale and Kid Cudi were two of the most promising young MCs coming up with their own creative rebuttal to hip-hop’s stagnant pop posturing while bring along a new generation of neon hipsters along for the ride? “Focused” was recorded for Wale’s sophomore album, Ambition, but reportedly won’t make the final CD. Which is just as well, since the whole thing is a white-noise mess aimed straight at the lowest common denominator. Wale drops some lazy verses while Cudi probably didn’t even get out of bed to do the chorus, which sounds like it was recorded by some teenagers with an iPhone and an autotune app. This is seriously some uninspired shit.
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Wale‘s been doing more than growing his dreads out since he first graced the cover of URB in 2008. He’s all hooked up with Rick Ross‘ Maybach Music now, and this outtake from the recent crew compilation Self Made: Vol. 1, shows the rapper in very braggadocious mood. Maybe he’s being egged on by Meek Mill, but this is certain new terrain for the MC who first got our attention by rapping over Justice.
Has it really been two years since Wale cropped his URB cover image for the cover of his first Seinfeld-inspired Mixtape About Nothing (itself a much anticipated follow-up to 100 Miles Running). Back then, Wale was another buzz rapper with a major label deal a brewin’, while Seinfeld was shilling for HP computers and his own B-Movie. Now, Wale has done the debut album release thing on Interscope, and Seinfeld is running The Marriage Ref. Ok, maybe not the sea change one might expect, but at least we have the MC back where we like him. Rapping about the absence of anything. …MORE
While at Sirius Radio’s Hip-Hop Nation, Lupe explained the formation of the All City Chess Club. The club consist of himself, The Cool Kids, J. Cole, Wale, Diggy, B.oB, Blu, Charles Hamilton, Asher Roth, and Skate Board P on the 1′s & 2′s. Lupe refrains from saying there is going to be an album put out by this group, but he does say that we can all look forward to a mega remix of “Beamin”. [NahRight]