WALE DROPS LONG-AWAITED ALBUM FOLARIN II, FEATURING J. COLE, RICK ROSS, AND MORE - @Wale

 

WALE DROPS LONG-AWAITED ALBUM FOLARIN II, FEATURING J. COLE, RICK ROSS, AND MORE

Grammy-nominated rap star, actor and advocate Wale releases his long-awaited album Folarin II, a versatile, yet cohesive constellation of braggadocious bars, soul-baring romantic confessionals, and moving social commentary. Full of dynamic lyricism, stylish production, and studded with features from J. Cole, Chris Brown, Rick Ross, and more, Folarin II fortifies Wale’s status as one of the defining artists of his generation.


Wale (aka Olubowale Victor Akintimehin) delivers to his fans blockbuster albums. On Folarin II, each song feels like a win, a big score.” – American Songwriter

"Folarin II ranges back through years of missteps, recoveries, and his ever-
constant battle for acknowledgment as one of rap’s greats” - UPROXX

"The verbose DC-area MC holds fast to the buoyant, conversational sound that's filled his catalog.” - Entertainment Weekly

"Wale prides himself on the art of consistency. It’s his biggest contribution to hip-hop."
– XXL Magazine 

For his latest Warner Records album, Wale flips between sounds and moods, dipping into flirty wordplay and mid-2000s R&B samples one moment (“Poke It Out” with J. Cole and “Angles” with Chris Brown) and triumphant, yet reflective tracks the next (“Tiffany Nike” and “Light Years” with Rick Ross). On “Poke It Out,” he cruises over a sample of Q-Tip’s “Vivrant Thing” for a playful single, trading slick bars with Cole. Wale’s album-length balancing act is a testament to his skills as a writer and to his well-honed taste as a curator, qualities that helped him elevate to his place as one of rap’s premier tastemakers. It’s a position he’s maintained since bursting onto the scene over a decade ago and it’s one he’s steadily reminded fans of over the last few years. 
 
Last November, he shared the bittersweet “Flawed” with Gunna. And in 2019, his sixth studio album Wow… That’s Crazy spawned the #1 single “On Chill” featuring Jeremih, which received a 2020 BET Award nomination for "Best Collaboration." The Grammy-nominated artist’s list of accolades and accomplishments grows every year. He’s covered publications such as Complex, Billboard, XXL, Vibe, and Uproxx, and has received honors at the BET Awards, BET Hip-Hop Awards, Soul Train Awards, and more. To date, Wale has achieved six Platinum or multi-Platinum singles, three Gold singles, and two Gold albums. Folarin II shows that despite all the acclaim, he’s still focused on building a legacy, one that shines brighter than any plaque. 


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WALE DROPS LONG-AWAITED ALBUM FOLARIN II, FEATURING J. COLE, RICK ROSS, AND MORE - @Wale WALE DROPS LONG-AWAITED ALBUM FOLARIN II, FEATURING J. COLE, RICK ROSS, AND MORE - @Wale Reviewed by FADED4U on October 25, 2021 Rating: 5

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