Wale is still Shining


The DMV’s greatest one is golden…

For any artist, creating an album with great content is a daunting task. Wale has managed to do this for the fifth time. His latest release SHINE is full of rhythmic dance tunes that cut deeper than what they perceive. His clever word play and wittiness shines (pun-intended) on songs like “CC White” and “Scarface Rozay Gotti.” He sticks to his poetic roots on my personal favorite track “DNA.” Wale is clearly a force to be reckoned with, despite the low record sales projection for the project. He’s boasted several sold out shows on his The Shine Tour while on Complex’s ‘Everyday Struggle’. His career has been an interesting one to say the least–filled with blowups at media outlets, some not-so-good press and multiple hit singles. Through it all, Wale stood tall and supplied hip-hop lovers with pure unadulterated meaningful music. This album was no different, one thing Wale has always done since the beginning of his time is experiment with different sounds and production types. He bears this once again on the G-Eazy assisted “Fashion Week,” which was manufactured by the DJ and producer duo Christian Rich. He also taps a few of his A-list friends for a few features. Travis Scott makes an appearance on the spooky-sounding, trippy track “Fish n Grits,” which is a guaranteed play at any kick-back this summer. Wale and La Flame go back and forth on a few verses while La Flame carries most of the hook. He also reaches out to The Party Tour headliner, Chris Brown, for a smooth airy track called “Heaven on Earth.” This song will certainly take you on a ride out of the atmosphere–a great joint for a chill summer day with your significant other. Mr. Folarin also shows his African pride with two afro-beat tracks that will definitely make a splash on the charts. Overall this album is a great ride. Consistent vibes all the way through. Lots of intelligence, great hooks, great lines. Wale does more than shine on ‘SHINE’. Check out ‘SHINE’ after the jump.


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