Wale is not thrilled with the current state of DJing.
Always one to speak his mind on Twitter, Wale shared some thoughts on the state of DJing Saturday night. The DC rapper began a tangent on what he once loved about the artform, and what he feels is missing to some extent today, writing "Man.. I really wish DJs still broke records."
Man.. I really wish DJs still broke records— Wale (@Wale) April 2, 2017
From there, he argued that the DJ is just as important as the rapper, and that "timing, knowledge of NEW and old music" and "reinterpretations of familiar songs" are what a great DJ should bring to the table. "DJing an art form. PERIOD," he continued. :It's not a popularity contest not a "press play and get paid" grab. Express ya thoughts/ relay your vibe sonically." He also pointed to Statik Selektah and Samantha Ronson as some of the best in the business.
Read his full thoughts below.
DJs used to be reluctant to play stuff too early. Now ,they scared to play it if it doesn't have YouTube numbers . Long live #auxchordBAE— Wale (@Wale) April 2, 2017
The rapper Isn't more important than the DJ. The DJ isn't more important than the people. "Just my thoughts "— Wale (@Wale) April 2, 2017
Hiphop should celebrate DJs 4 their timing,knowledge of NEW and old music ,their reinterpretations of familiar songs.NOT their IG followers— Wale (@Wale) April 2, 2017
Fact @samantharonson I think I was spoiled from learnin from u and M.R. so young .. I literally saw y'all mix Amy Wine to MOP effortlessly.— Wale (@Wale) April 2, 2017
DJing an art form .PERIOD. It's not a popularity contest not a "press play and get paid"grab. Express ya thoughts/ relay your vibe sonically— Wale (@Wale) April 2, 2017
Honestly? has 0 to do with vinyl. Vinyl jus icing on 🍰,Feels smoother. I Was talkin more psychological/instinctual mixin.,NOW that's an art! https://t.co/fzdRC9TLGW— Wale (@Wale) April 2, 2017
Wale will be heading out on his SHiNE tour next month. He released his Before I SHiNE mixtape with DJ Luna (surely one of the DJs in wale's good books) in March. His highly-anticipated SHiNE studio album is expected to be released later this year.