Wale – The Guilty Pleasure (feat Waka Flaka)
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Let’s face it, there are mixtape artists and there are album artists and Wale is the former.
However, being a “mixtape artist” is not a bad thing in 2010. With album sales at an all time low and production values shrinkin,g mixtapes have circumvented albums and in many cases sounded better than what you’re supposed to pay money for.
That’s the case with Mr. Forlain, who’s debut Attention Deficit was quite simply too safe for the hip-hop masses. FIlled with several head scratchers–the inclusion of a then unknown LadyGaga on “Chillin” and a song with Crisette Michelle about skin color for starters–Wale felt like a caged animal, denied the right to let his
The greatest evidence of this was the fact that all of the songs that he leaked after the album dropped (including the glorious “My Sweetie), are better than the songs on the actual album. Far from label focus groups, Wale gets to express everything from his emoness, his African-ness and his DMVness, giving the world some of the most original material to date.
Which brings us to his latest work, More About Nothing. As a continuation of the excellent Mixtape About Nothing the Seinfeld theme seems to be stretched thin, but it doesn’t distract from the fact that Wale is hungry and more motivated than any MC in the game right now. “I fuck the world, fuck your girl and leave them both with an orgasm,” Wale screams on the track The Breeze, showing the world a fiercer, version of the MC, wtih every track having the same level of ferocity.
Production was handled by a great group of unknown yet talented knob-turners. Philly’s DJ Omega (best known for Ron Brownz–yeah that dude’s–Jumpin’ Out The Window–leads a proficient crew of young talent. DC’s Best Kept Secret, the Bassheads, Kosmik, Anlo, Yogi, and Maryland’s Osinachi provide a diverse palate of beats, from electro to dirty South, with the MC rapping proficiently over all of them.
In fact, other than the dated (and downright misplaced) track Eyes of The Tiger, there really isn’t a bad track on this Mixtape. Even the Waka Flaka track (which would lead some to cringe) is executed to perfection.
It’s good to have Wale back in the limelight, and this effort might just prove to be one of the best mixtapes albums of the year.