A few days ago, Wale made a comeback with "Groundhog Day," a response to J. Cole implicating him on "False Prophets." Neither track was a diss per se; taken together, hip-hop fans were given a refreshing call-and-response from two excellent lyricists. While we wait for Cole's album, 4 Your Eyez Only -- out on Friday (Dec. 9) -- Wale is already back with a new offering. It's just a freestyle, but it comes over a classic: the DJ Premier-produced "Nas Is Like." With that in mind, Wale better come correct, and indeed he does.
Letter To, Folarin (Wale)
In a feat of incredible timing, New Jersey rapper TwonDon releases "Letter To, Folarin," his personal note to Wale, on November 30, and unless this man has the offices of Dreamville bugged, we figure there's some sort of cosmic magic at play. We say that because a few days later, J. Cole released his track "False Prophets," a song involving Jermaine's own personal motivational message to (probably) Wale. The whole situation caused quite a stir, and we've been covering it as it's happened.
Groundhog Day (J. Cole Response)
J. Cole's two new songs "False Prophets" and "Everybody Dies" seemed to target a number of rappers, though they all remained nameless. Naturally, this led to fans hypothesizing over who the North Carolina was talking to. While it seemed generally agreed upon that Cole was taking aim at Kanye on one verse of "False Prophets," another was seen as a message to Wale.
Pull Up Hop Out (Freestyle)
Wale is currently putting the finishing touches on his forthcoming Shine album, which is being lead by the hit single “PYT” & “One Reason,” but to hold us over in the meantime the MMG rapper decided to drop off a new freestyle he recorded over fellow DMV rapper WillThaRapper’s hard-hitting street banger “Pull Up Hop Out.”
Wale, BJ The Chicago Kid & Chaz French
There have been a few recent soundtracks that have awarded hip-hop fans with a wealth of new music.
Wale & Anthony Hamilton
The Birth Of A Nation, the film that follows the story of Nat Turner, will open nationwide next week, but a few tracks from the soundtrack have been released in advance. The collection of songs inspired by the film includes contributions from Pusha T, Meek Mill, Lil Wayne, Nas, K. Michelle, Gucci Mane, The Game, and more. So far we've heard a record from 2 Chainz, as well as a collab between Meek Mill and Pusha T.
Wale Feat. Afro B & Sneakbo
Wale might be taking a break from social media at the moment, but that’s not stopping the MMG rapper from releasing new music. At the stroke of midnight, the DMV spitter released a new single with Afro B & Sneakbo called “Stay Winning,” which is rumored to be off his forthcoming S.H.I.N.E album.
JR Castro Feat. Wale
After recreating classic R&B records on his Songs You Were Made To EP, Las Vegas singer JR Castro has shared a brand new slow jam called Diff'rent Strokes. The bedroom ballad reveals its central pun pretty early on as Castro illustrates his game in a silky falsetto. Later on, Wale contrasts his collaborators virtuosic vocals with a rhythmic verse, adding a rap edge and adding some star power to the radio-ready record.
Wale Feat. Eric Bellinger
Wale has been busy handling father duties over the past few weeks after he & his long time girlfriend, Chloe Alexis, welcomed their first child together back in July, but now it looks like he’s ready to turn his focus back on to his forthcoming album S.H.I.N.E. (Still Here Ignoring Negative Energy).
Faith In Me
Fabolous Feat. Wale
The new Fabolous mixtape finds the New York rapper taking on a few hot instrumentals like A Boogie's "My Shit," Rihanna's "Sex With Me" and more, but there's also a selection of original tracks, one of which being the R&B-infused Wale collab, "Faith In Me." Fab is no stranger to recruiting R&B singers like Jeremih for the hook's to his slow jams, but this time around, Folarin fills that slot, and he does a surprisingly effective job delivering the melodic hook. Even Fab breaks out some singing for the occasion, embracing newer rap trends without losing sight of his strengths.
Brightseat Road Freestyle
Wale was feeling generous today, perhaps because Obama included his "LoveHate Thing" as the opening song on his Spotify summer playlist.
Joe Moses Feat. Wale
Joe Moses is gearing up to do some big tings in 2016, and among them, he's dropping a new album. The West Coast native dropped off something for the streets the other month, the banging piano-driven "Word Around Town," and he returns with a new leak this month that is targeted to the ladies, with assistance from MMG's Wale.
Give It To You (Remix)
Damond Blue Feat. Wale
The movement of Baltimore's Damond Blue is beginning to take shape in the DMV, which is obvious considering that one of the veteran guards of the scene, Wale, has decided to jump on the remix of Damond's buzzing hit, "Give It to You." The record is now Damond's third collaboration with a major player in the DMV, following "Lemme Talk My Ish," with King Los, and "Keep It 100," featuring Fat Trel. "Give It to You" is produced by Ghost.
Wale Feat. Phil Ade & Jazz Cartier
Wale just shared his new mixtape, Summer On Sunset, which does not rely too heavily on features, and when guests do show up, they're always tastefully selected. "Still Up," is a breezy summer jam, informed by R&B, with some Fauntleroy-esque vocal samples creeping through the instrumental. Meanwhile, it's punctuated by synth buzz and snaps, nodding to the West Coast, and Wale's two collaborator' Phil Ade and Jazz Cartier both find the pocket between rap and melody that the pop-minded instrumental calls for.
Wale Feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Joe Moses
As expected, Wale came through Friday night and released his newly-announced Summer On Sunset mixtape for the fans. Laced with a whopping 17 songs in total, the prelude to his long awaited SHINE album features guest appearances from Cam’ron, Ty $, Joe Moses, Eric Bellinger, and more.
Back To The Sun
Wale has been dropping tracks right and left lately. He's got his SHINE album on the way and his Summer on Sunset mixtape set to drop later today. A few hours ahead of the mixtape's release, the DC representative rolls out the red carpet for the mixtape with a new song called "Back to the Sun."
Wale Feat. Phil Ade
Wale has be prolific lately, releasing solo tracks, hopping on various features and even getting a posse cut in with his MMG labelmates. “Reminisce” is the latest result of Wale’s work ethic.
Yesterday MMG kicked off the promotion for their upcoming Self-Made Vol. 4 album with a new single that features the main pillars of the crew-- Rick Ross, Meek Mill and Wale on "Make It Work." The record was big in sound and energy, typical for Maybach Music Group, but for those wanting to hear more Wale and less hype, well "Her Wave" fits the bill.
Make It Work
Meek Mill, Rick Ross & Wale
MMG's Self Made Vol. 4 project is on its way, and Ross has started the rollout for the project with the release of a huge new collaboration called "Make It Work," collecting verses from Meek Mill, Wale, and himself. Anyone who has been following MMG this far will be familiar with the territory, as the three take on a heavy, arena-trap instrumental, as Meek takes hook duties and everyone goes as hard as humanly possible.
Eric Bellinger Feat. Wale
Last week we heard Eric Bellinger's breezy summer record, "Spare Time," and now with the release of his Eventually EP, he's added a very special feature to the record, adding Wale to the mix. The DC rapper shares a dynamic verse that endorses melody and uses some unconventional flows. Overall, it's a good fit for the track, and could ensure it some radio play. As for the rest of the 12 track EP, you can purchase it on iTunes now.