Both rappers were fairly new on the block and were itching to gain approval from musical pundits. Wale’s golden opportunity to shake up mainstream came first as he released his debut album Attention Deficit in 2009. While the album didn’t fare well on the charts, he did manage to conjure up a couple of poignant cuts. A highlight from the album came in the form of his collaboration with J. Cole and Melanie Fiona on "Beautiful Bliss." With both artists being pegged as the next premier emcees, this track proved to be a stepping stone for things to come. The normally demonstrative Wale Folarin came in the booth calm and collected on this track. On "Beautiful Bliss," he sketched out two intricate verses, which conveyed his intellect and very much groomed delivery. On the other end, J. Cole viciously attacked the beat with no regard to human life. Cole’s pit-bull like mentality was encapsulated in that one verse. His verse was hard and succinct. His punches were Mike Tyson-esque. In addition, Cole had so much pain and hunger in his voice that he made you replay his verse over and over.
Winner: J. Cole