Wale’s third studio album is a pleasurable listen. The Gifted doesn’t follow the standard MMG formula. It is surprisingly diverse. Wale has always been an artist that I would say is on the outside of the confusion.
Our music is so tied up in the glorification of prison life and booty shaking that if your record doesn’t reflect that, it’s overlooked. The album could be more solid lyrically as he definitely needs to work on his writing because it is easy to pass over an artist that struggles to give you a solid sixteen.
Aside from that, The Gifted really reminds me of The Roots and maybe Goodie Mob especially since Cee-lo is featured on Gullible. The title almost tells you everything you need to know about the record, but the concept is executed beautifully. I tip my hat to everyone that worked on that track.
One of the best songs on the album is Tired of Dreaming featuring Ne-Yo and Rick Ross. This record makes me think that Wale is destined for something that transcends more than just rap. The album is definitely a gift to his fans and any listeners just passing through. I would recommenced that fans of the genre give this album a sincere listen. Wale is growing as an artist and I am content with this body of work.
Tired of Dreaming
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