If you've been following hip-hop for a while you know the story of Wale. Wale released a few wonderful mixtapes before he released his debut album, Attention Deficit. In my opinion, the album was great, but the numbers didn't reflect that. His buzz began to die and then next thing you know, a couple years later, he was signed to Rick Ross' MMG label and he dropped Ambition. Since then, he's dropped a few mixtapes and another album, The Gifted. Now, if you ask me, Wale is an amazing artist. He's introspective, his gift for spoken word is outstanding, he has a great message, and he just represents a lot of what I want from hip-hop.
But, people keep saying they want the old introspective Wale, that he's lost it, and that he's not the same. I think we all, me included, sometimes forget to realize that artists take this stuff to heart. Some of them are ignorant, but a lot of them aren't. Wale absolutely represents the latter. This interview he did on The Breakfast Club really put things in perspective for me: Wale is frustrated. He's been putting out good music, music that means a lot to him and it should to us, honestly. But, he's witnessing his music go unappreciated and other more popular artists see their music top the charts (and I mean popular in the most quintessential definition of the word). He doesn't understand why and I really don't either. What is wrong with the industry today?
Now I understand The Breakfast Club interviews are long, but if you have a love for hip-hop, I urge you to watch this interview. I think it's important today. The fact that Wale cares so much means that there's hope for hip-hop and how could I not post it? I believe in Wale and I admit I briefly lost faith, but I think The Album About Nothing is going to be phenomenal. I believe and I want you all to believe as well. Enjoy.