The Next 48 Hours With Wale follows the rapper during his “Attention Deficit” album release week. Part 3: The Day After Album Release, features a string of appearances in his home town – Washington D.C.: Fox 5 TV Network, in stores at DTLR & Commonwealth and official album release show at Ibizia Nightclub.
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This is the song that Wale played for labels when he was trying to get signed. Here is the story of the song itself:
So in the spring of 2007, I suggested to Wale that he create an audio manifesto of what he wanted to accomplish as an artist once he signed. DC producer Osinachi, the maestro behind “Nike Boots” who is now part of Rodney Jerkins’ team, blessed Wale with the beat for “The Meeting” and Wale, how do you say, “went in.” This became the first track we played in label meetings and for a time, it was discussed that this would be the intro for Attention Deficit. In retrospect, I think Wale stayed true to the goals set forth in “The Meeting” and you can still hear the hunger in his voice. So 2.5 years later, this track is emancipated. And make sure you cop Attention Deficit if you haven’t done so already.
After listening to this, I don’t get how Interscope under supported Wale. I mean he had like no marketing push for his album and then they severely undershipped his album. Wale deserves much better than that and I hope they will show him more love in 2010. Wale needs to get in the studio with Osinachi more, because this production is insane.
Wale had one of the dopest freestyles over Jay’s Roc Boys beat and now he has done his thing on Thank You. This is one of my favorite beats from 2009 and I am glad Lupe and now Wale freestyled over it. Lupe’s freestyles were nice, but way too short. Wale on the other hand has been delivering song length freestyles that are more fulfilling. Hopefully Wale will continue these weekly freestyles as I always enjoy new music from him.
The Next 48 Hours With Wale follows the rapper during his “Attention Deficit” album release week. Part 2: The Album Release Day, features a ‘Fuse TV’ interview, performances on MTV’s ‘It’s On With Alexa Chung’ a Radio Phoner with Hot 97’s Angie Martinez and an appearance on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ followed by a desperate attempt to catch a late train back to his hometown of D.C.
Another unreleased track from Wale that didn’t make the final cut of Attention Deficit. Once again Wale shows why he is one of the best freshmen rappers of 2009 and this is a nice feel good track. This might have been the Bonus Track if you purchased the album from the Zune Store, but I’m not 100% sure.
Wale spits a dope freestyle over Timbo and Drake’s Say Something. Hopefully we will get more music from Wale in 2010.
AllHipHop.com followed Wale around during the release of his album for 48 hours and here is part one of the documentary. You see how much work Wale put in to promote his album, which is my favorite album of the year. Attention Deficit was the most well rounded album of the year and if you haven’t got your copy yet, go to iTunes now.
The Sleepwalkers went back in the studio and reworked their song Diary for Wale. This is probably the least hip hop song I have ever heard, that I would still consider rap. I don’t mean that in a bad way, but who else do you know has harps on their song? The song is pretty deep and the Sleepwalkers did a pretty good job at matching the emotional level with the beat. If you haven’t copped Attention: Deficit yet you are crazy or you probably can’t find it in stores.
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Why Wale left 9th Wonder off of his album? I have no idea, but luckily for us 9th has slipped us a few tracks via his twitter. This one uses a similar hook to part of Let It Loose so maybe Wale chose that song over this one. Both songs are nice, but 9th is one of my favorite producers, so I like this one better.
Before the last stop on the tour, J. Cole and Wale spits some freestyles at a Denny’s. Wale is a pretty good freestyler, even when he’s high, and J. Cole does a pretty good job as well. Hope to see the two Roc Nation rappers working together more in the future, because Beautiful Bliss is one of my favorite songs of 2009.
Skee.TV catches up with Wale at the DJ Hero HQ where he tries to be a DJ Hero with his own songs that are featured in the game. Wale gives his thoughts on the game and video games in general. Hopefully more of Wale’s songs will be added to the game as DLC, because he needs more than Chillin in the game.
This is the trailer for the acoustic version of Diary from Wale and The Sleepwalkers. The trailer shows some behind the scenes footage of the live instrumentation that went into the song. You do not always hear instruments like a harp in hip-hop, but Wale has managed to mix genres together for his music. The acoustic version of Diary will be coming soon.
It is too bad Wale, Drake, and Cudi will never be on the track Let the Money Fall, but they do share a GQ Man of the Year Award. In the latest issue of GQ the trio has been titled as the “Gangsta Killers” as they have made a new name for hip-hop. The picture looks a little goofy of the three, but they all seem to be in good spirit. I am sure we will be hearing all the three of these guys on one track in the future, maybe not on that kanYe produced track, but I think it will happen. Check the full article after the jump.
What do Wale, Cudi, and Drake have in common besides their upcoming GQ Man of the Year award? Well they could have had a song produced by kanYe. Watch the video as Wale tells the story of how kanYe flew out to Europe to play Jay-Z some beats. One of them called Let the Money Fall has Cudi on the hook and Wale desperately wanted the beat, but Jay said no. It is so so obvious Wale is dying to work with kanYe, and I hope it happens because I think they have similar styles and would work well together. BTW check Wale’s Jay-Z face.