Wale laid into the YouTube critic for describing the track "My Love" as a Caribbean knockoff, as he says the song is inspired by his native Nigeria.
Noted YouTube music critic Anthony Fantano did not enjoy Wale's new album, Shine. Fantano referred to "Scarface Rozay Gotti" as "one of the worst rap songs I've heard so far in 2017," but it was his commentary on the song "My Love" that earned him a heated response from Wale.
One of the worst rap songs I've heard so far in 2017. pic.twitter.com/FCfPntVp6X— Thee Anthony Fantano (@theneedledrop) May 3, 2017
And here we have one of the ugliest attempts at capitalizing on the Caribbean craze: pic.twitter.com/U4ZtKtUkFy— Thee Anthony Fantano (@theneedledrop) May 3, 2017
"And here we have one of the ugliest attempts at capitalizing on the Caribbean craze," Fantano tweeted about "My Love," the Shine song that features Major Lazer, WizKid, and Dua Lipa. Wale clapped back by telling Fantano that "My Love" is an Afrobeat -- and not a Caribbean -- song.
@theneedledrop Wow man .. ugly attempt at Caribbean ? Man that's Afro beat that's my naija culture . I was born into this sound . This is OUR sound— Wale (@Wale) May 3, 2017
Wale, whose parents are both from Nigeria, also told Fantano, "that's my naija culture. I was born into this sound. This is OUR sound." That prompted a video response from Fantano, who explained to Wale that "My Love" clearly has a Caribbean vibe, as the song features Major Lazer.
C'mon, Wale... pic.twitter.com/CkTxGb5hpw— Thee Anthony Fantano (@theneedledrop) May 3, 2017
"On this song, you featured and credited Diplo by way of Major Lazer, a trio known for fusing Western pop music and house music with Caribbean music, with dancehall, with reggae," said Fantano. "And that vibe comes through on this track, and I'm not sure why you're not hearing that."
End my life: pic.twitter.com/TwKvvzGzoW— Thee Anthony Fantano (@theneedledrop) May 3, 2017
Oloshi . Ain't nothin u can do to stop this Naija wave.. so stay home and be mad when the fine girls come to the show to hear that song .Ode https://t.co/zk6UPSHhX8— Wale (@Wale) May 3, 2017
I'm offended but I can't stop laughing tho . Like my stomach hurts right now . This Nigga knows nothin about US https://t.co/pT5OooMF8P— Wale (@Wale) May 3, 2017
A 100 pct African ... what African music should sound like .. how is this possible in 2017 https://t.co/ujlsWZyNvK— Wale (@Wale) May 3, 2017
Wale went on to vent about how a white critic shouldn't be able to instruct him on the African music he grew up with. He also noted that WizKid, who sings on "My Love," is "one of the most successful Nigerian artists on the planet."
Upon seeing the rapper-critic dispute on his Twitter feed, Vince Staples got himself involved by demanding that Wale and Fantano face off in an actual fight. Wale consented, but Fantano apparently turned down the "fade."
Anthony Fantano and Wale need to squabble up.— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) May 3, 2017
Vince McMahon .. u know what happens when u get physical wit ppl like him .. imagine him tellin u about a genre you literally grew up in https://t.co/0S13vJ73L3— Wale (@Wale) May 3, 2017
SCREAMING https://t.co/nUgZUQHh3P— Thee Anthony Fantano (@theneedledrop) May 3, 2017
Give me a abailable date Tony y'all around the same size it should be a coo lil fade I'll go get the gloves from Cig 5 right now. https://t.co/Wib2ZPRfci— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) May 3, 2017
I wanna thank @vincestaples for making this beef relevant.— Thee Anthony Fantano (@theneedledrop) May 3, 2017
Nigga you think I'm playing I'm really tryna set this fade up. Let's get all the way negative. https://t.co/Bt1Zh2yjFQ— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) May 3, 2017
Uh, since my album isn't abt to do 20k, what do I have to gain here?— Thee Anthony Fantano (@theneedledrop) May 4, 2017
Being "the guy who fought Wale" is probably impossible to live down. https://t.co/fYpk0AIhGl
Idk what cuz sales has to do with anything but like I was saying It seemed like were trying to disrespect him so I said why not set it up. https://t.co/D3qtjiHnq6— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) May 4, 2017
Crine... buddy look like a grown up Alvin son look like chip and dales like shyt kill https://t.co/ELRY1gbhfW— Wale (@Wale) May 3, 2017
"Right hand like Zab Judah" https://t.co/WOuYEeCgCn— Wale (@Wale) May 4, 2017
Listen to "My Love" below, and read HNHH's recent review of Shine here.