Wale has released 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.
On the project Wale flips between sounds and moods, dipping into flirty wordplay and mid-2000s R&B samples one moment on "Poke It Out" and "Angles" then triumphant, yet reflective tracks the next on "Tiffany Nike" and "Light Years".
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 raps 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.
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