’13 Best Albums #8: Wale The Gifted

Written By: @Elliottwilson January 10, 2014 @ 11:01 AM EDT

Shoot The Gift.

If you don’t like Wale for his ambition, then maybe this album isn’t for you. Ha! Armed with a gold second album, Wale shoots for the top on his third LP. You see satisfaction is for suckers and Mr. Folarin wants to be recognized one day with the great ones. Newfound fame hasn’t derailed him on his mission.

The Gifted contains a gang of guests but the focus never strays off the D.C. MC. He commandeers the go-go fueled, captivating “Clappers” (featuring Nicki Minaj and Juicy J), smokes away the stress on the thumping “Rotation” (featuring Wiz Khalifa & 2 Chainz) and takes the media to task on the groovy “Guillibe” (Cee-Lo on the chorus).” Here he observes, “Our generation is cursed, we got too many clones.”

‘Le’s uniqueness is evidenced on the self-produced “Simple Man” and his passion bleeds through the Meek Mill-included “Heaven’s Afternoon”. Although there have been plenty rap songs paying homage to hip-hop’s infatuation with jewels, “Golden Salvation” still stands out for its creativity. From the perspective of the Jesus piece, Wale raps, “I died for you all/Now niggas die for me.”

Wale turns the attention to himself on the vital “Vanity”, flaunts his sneaker game and aspirations on the Just Blaze-produced banger “88″, and channels Marvin Gaye on the lavish “Love Hate Thing,” a tantalizing tune that radio should have championed with way more spins. Damn you, Robin Thicke.

There ain’t no mystery on what’s next for Wale. The outstanding “Black Heroes” ends with a skit featuring the real Jerry Seinfeld confirming the upcoming Album About Nothing. That’s right, mixtape Wale fans rejoice. The dude with his heart on his sleeve is living out his dream. Yada yada to the haters.—YN

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  • Hannibal Lecture

    This album was garbage I agree with Complex whole heartedly!

    • Sam Robilotta

      garbage ,but had a top 10 single, good features, beats and a lot of people liked it. So yeah good opinion, too bad your opinion is GARBAGE and lacks credibility. “Get your weight up not your hate up!” goto work lol.

      • Sam Robilotta

        :: wait :: how he know I was suppose to be working instead of leaving comments on a website? .. lucky guess based on that comment.

        • Hannibal Lecture

          Bitch the album was garbage but your a white boy youll listen to anything to fit in. You know his album is garbage when Wale was crying about it!

          • Sam Robilotta

            when bitches get ethered usually they play the race card. You look real credible now

          • Hannibal Lecture

            Who did you ether? Everyone disagreed with you stupid! Take your dumbass back to candyland with your leggins and your wale cd. His cd was garbage just like your grandmas cunt!

      • Hannibal Lecture

        Actually i have a job pimping your mom your sister and that bitch you tricking on in your avi. Hope you got what you paid for. I see you a happy customer. 40% Discount on happy endings.

  • Dashing28

    Another interesting choice that I’m not necessarily mad at (like Gambino). I liked this album more than most did, since it was intentionally going against the grain musically when Wale could have just made typical MMG shit. It was cohesive, musical, and it had some hit records….but I don’t think it was top 10 of the year cause there were a bunch of unmemorable songs(Sunshine, Bricks, Tired of Dreaming). I think it should have been on the underrated list and the Mac Miller should have been on the best albums list.

    That leaves 7 albums left and you know they’ll be

    J.Cole – Born Sinner
    Kanye – Yeezus
    Jay – MCHG
    Pusha T – My Name is My Name
    Eminem – MMLP2
    Drake – Nothing was the Same

    My guess is the other spot will go to Tyler, who YN has an affection for.

    Which would mean no love A$AP Rocky, who’s album is def better than Wale or Gibbs. But maybe it came out too early in 2013 and got forgotten about.

    • Public Hairs

      So far you nailed 3 out of 6, but we can’t be surprised now can’t we lol.

      • Dashing28

        Haha, 4 now. No, no surprises,

  • usual suspects

    rr lists are to predictable its just the normal artists they show love to and promote

  • Alex

    ha yeah right, shit was trash

  • i like this album, but isn’t better than Because the Internet

    no way

  • Ghost Of Len Bias


  • The Almighty

    cool of y’all to throw Wale a bone just so he doesn’t get all butt hurt

  • I actually liked the Folarin Mixtape more than this album

  • Dev

    How can you not like this album? I personally think he bodied the whole thing. Only flaw was the Tired Of Dreaming track because its cliche. Other then that, it’s a great album with substance and meaning behind every track. Stop sleeping on this guy. GREAT rapper/lyricist

  • RealityOver Industyr

    shit was ass juice..mmg paid for this promo..YN was posting that corny ass champagne on instagram …he on the payroll

  • LA Tha Gawd™
  • Matt

    him and will I am are neck and neck with skills ,SMFH

  • That Square-Head Nigga Batman

    “Sunshine” was the hardest shit on the album