’11 Best Albums: #8 Wale Ambition

The biggest misconception surrounding Wale signing with Rick Ross’ MMG Records was that his sophomore album would be infiltrated with the Rozay sound. Could Folarin maintain his identity? Well one listen to Ambition proves it. The first three songs sound like his band UCB is backing him up. Mr. Rich Forever only pops up at the end of “Miami Nights” to scoop him up. Ha! The Bawse and Meek Mill do emerge on the amazing title track but this disc mostly displays ‘Le’s versatility. He can snap on some rugged shit (Toomp’s “Legendary”), two step smooth us out (Ne-Yo guested “White Linen”), spill his guts out (“Sabotage”) and diddy bop dance craze us with Big Sean (“Slight Work”). Fuck perception. This is about perseverance. Wale won.

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  • Gambino

    This list is a joke. This album had 8 good songs at most

  • THE BOSS

    RR IS A COMMERCIAL HIP HOP SITE SO WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM THEM

    I AIN’T NEVER HEARD 1 TRACK FROM THIS ALBUM NOT SAYING ITS NOT GOOD JUST NOT ME FOR

  • Mj

    I only liked ambition and focused. Anyways this was NOT better than 103

  • Folarin Fo Life

    Homie stepped up his production game tenfold on this LP…lyrical prowess was always consistent…good pick

  • YOLO

    this shit should of been #9 this wasn’t even that great TM103 was better

  • Jaymalls

    If u got ambition on this list than finally famous should be #7. It produced 3 solid chart topping singles… 2 being platinum now. The overall album had hardly any trash songs….

    P.S. the only reason I’m mentioning this album is because y’all got ambition on this list! TM103 was trash by the way. It had about 4 good song n 2 of the were released more than a year ago!

  • Yung Silv

    umm this album was not good or better than tm103 . . . but u are friends w/ Wale so i get it

  • ZoomZoomDad-Otis

    50 Cent voice: Awww man!!!! This fight is fixed.

  • Black Shady

    Cole World better be in the top 3

  • ocreppinn

    chainmusicc

  • Ronnie Mack

    Wow! Only #8? Should be in top 3 at least Rap Radar!

  • BIgD

    smh!

  • Phillyev1

    U gotta show TM103 more love=== This album is Number #10

  • me too

    no way… this shit better then jeezy…this some bullshit….and im from new york

  • G

    What does you being from New York have to do with anything? Wale is from DC. Jeezy is from Atlanta. How does NY fit into the picture?

  • http://sisterescape.blogpsot.com Fiore Scott

    This shit was trash. And he is garbage in concert. GAR-BAGE.

  • Mj

    Lol ^^

  • Phillyev1

    How the bull from ESPN NFL LIVE say it “Cmon Man!!!!”

  • Sirdouglas

    I can agree with this, although I enjoyed 103 way more.

  • Kunta Kente

    Childish Gambino Camp was hands down the best crafted hip-hop album of 2011

  • Pissed

    I think you got “best” mixed up with “worst” here.

    This dude was ok when he first came out but dude is so damn boring & has zero personality on the mic. Weak.

  • polofrmpg

    I swear wake has the biggest haters ever.. How can you say wake is weak on the mic ? Are you dumb ? What song has he ever been weak on ? This dude delivers on EVERY song he is on.

  • polofrmpg

    Wale *

  • http://iamjade3.wordpress.com Jade

    I agree with Gambino

  • FlocKaveLLi

    Without a doubt this album deserved a spot on the Worst list, especially after all the hype behind it. Total disappointment. I knew this would make this list because RR has ties with Wale. and i used to be a huge fan of wale but lately i dont like anything he puts out and this album was ass. his first album was underrated. and whats his all his arrogance, homie you aint that good. make some classic material before you get all cocky

  • biased

    hahahah the MMG dicksucking continues

  • the void

    wale is boring. ZzZzZzZz

  • the void

    and whats up with that stupid cover?

  • polofrmpg

    It’s a painting you dumb fuck

  • A1FBG

    LoL @ wales camp on here defending him, anyway no one is blind on here we know YN and Wale are cool so this is just the normal industry politics stuff….it’s weak but normal no need to get upset over it

  • Moe

    DOPE!!

  • Industry Advocate

    I really liked the direction this site WAS going in. Now, they’re no different than how YN was running XXL….on favorites and FAVORS! All of your lists are seriously flawed not only according to me, but in comparison to your own judgements all year! Each list had at least 4 WTF moments…sorry but you guys started 2012 off very wrong!!!

  • Snow

    This #8 and 103 #9? Fuck outta here!!!

  • M.T

    I was expecting a little more from this album. Only Standout song to me is “Ambition. The rest is meh. The list is alright so far(except for that mac miller album). Keep at it.

  • http://Rapradar JA Datsyuk

    I’ve like Wale for awhile, but I don’t know about better than TM103. It has some good songs on it, some playback value, but it ain’t a “classic” like Rozay hyped from day 1. It’s aight.

  • http://twitter.com/loch121 loch121

    I like this album more than Drake’s actually.
    Loch Drake Headlines freestyle music video Featured on http://artists.viewhiphop.com/?p=2190 @ViewHipHopBlog

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  • TheEza

    Im sorry but Wale hasn’t put out anything really great since Back To The Feature.(I am being generous). If you are a true Wale fan that has been listening to him since Paint a Picture(I am and I have) then you know the last real classic piece of material he put out was The Mixtape About Nothing…..and OMG WTF 100 miles and running. If you haven’t heard 100 miles and running you should not say shit about Wale….it is that simple….

    However this new album is total ass. Attention Deficit was solid….but still nothing compared to his previous mixtapes and that shit really disappoints me. He is rappin about shit he used to hate…..the music industry ruins everything. This album gets not even a 6 out of 10. and I am or used to be a Wale stan.

  • realshit

    The eza said sum rel shit iv never really ben a fan of dudes but iv allows acknowledge his talents and followed his career since I’m from md. The album was ok at best but it produced a radio friendly single n he’s gona get Tour bread so him as a rapPer will comtinue.

  • DICKrr

    LET THIS FAGGETS MAKE US MAD AND COMMENTS.. THIS PROBABLY WHAT THIS DEPPRSED FUCKS WANT COMMENTS BY US N FIGHTS LIKE WORLDSTAR ….. CUZ THIS LIST BEEN CRAZY… DIE DIE DIE BITCH fucking RAPRADAR… need to find a new site now

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  • L.T.

    This album was EXCELLENT! not even a hardcore Wale fan but you cant deny the great lyricism, wonderful production on EVERY track and features were ALL on point. This is a breathe of fresh air to the game and if you dont like lyrics i can understand that you DONT GET what Wale is talking about. TM103 is str8 but it coulda been better for the long wait. Ambition does go harder.