You could easily say that 2016 was one of the best years for hip-hop in recent memory, but who had the BEST year? The contributors at Artistic Manifesto submitted their pick of which artist had the biggest 2016, and wrote a speech from that artist’s perspective. Now it’s up to you, the reader, to decide . . .
Football-related topics might be tough to broach for a number in the wake of last night’s game, but Wale‘s still back with his “Running Back” video. The lighthearted, money centric song features a guest appearance from Lil Wayne, is now accompanying visuals of both emcees and a few gorgeous companions. Watch the video for “Running . . .
Wale previewed “Running Back” last August, so it’s good to hear the final product of the song, which features Lil Wayne and was recorded at the Record Plant studio in Los Angeles. This joint will appear on Wale’s SHINE album, which is scheduled to drop later this year. Stream “Running Back” below, and look for . . .
Wale connects with fellow DMV representer Phil Adé for “Smile,” which is set to be featured on his forthcoming SHINE album. These two have been putting on for the area in their own ways for years, so it’s good to see them together on a record again. Stream “Smile” below.
Justine Skye has a new EP on the way titles 8 Ounces, but first she gives a taste with the Wale-featuring “Fun.” It’s a smooth ballad that allows her vocals to shine through while opening up room for Wale to spit his well formed contribution. Listen below and lookout for her new EP at midnight. 8 . . .
“Folarin Like” is a good look. I’m not sure if it was J. Cole calling Wale out that specifically got him back on his A game, but the man has been on a mission as of late. After dropping “Groundhog’s Day,” the DMV-hailing lyricist is back again with an impressive free verse over Nas‘s iconic . . .
“I’m heavily flawed, but far from a false prophet.” Wale was among those whose names came up in discussion after J. Cole dropped bombs on the world with “False Prophets.” He has some very direct words for Cole on his latest drop, “Groundhog’s Day.” Wale both goes at Cole and acknowledges that there is some . . .
Wale gets back to his roots with a remix of fellow DMV representer WillThaRapper’s “Pull Up Hop Out.” Wale’s verses include plenty of references to the area, and some of the clever wordplay that made him so popular during his mixtape days. Wale’s still working on his fifth studio album, Shine. Stream Wale’s “Pull Up . . .
Wale is coming off of the recent release of his Summer On Sunset mixtape, which featured a cut with Tha Dogg Pound called “Gangsta Boogie.” The song recently received a visual accompaniment, complete with plenty of West Coast infuence. The song will also feature on Tha Dogg Pound’s forthcoming album, which is set to release . . .
After a busy day on social media, Wale has released his Today….i Got Time! freestyle project. Wale put a few people in their place via Twitter today, most notably Sartorially, Inc, after catching wind of this tweet: if i’m trump i’m pushing the narrative that obama really put wale on his playlist in an effort to undermine . . .
There’s no lack of beautiful scenery or companionship in Wale‘s mellow new video for “My PYT.” Look for more releases leading up to the Washington, D.C.-based emcee’s SHINE album release. I’m not exactly sure where this video was shot, but I’m willing to bet that it’s somewhere worth taking a flight to. Watch the Colin . . .
As someone who came up in the DMV area, I have a lot of fond memories regarding Wale mixtapes in the summertime. Summer 2016 is on the horizon, and the Maybach Music Group spitter is back with a seventeen track project with a diverse group of features. DMV veterans Raheem DeVaughn and Phil Ade, up . . .
Wale released “T.R.O.Y.” with Phil Ade last week, and today he jumps back into more introspective territory with his latest release, the Kal Banx and Dj Money-produced “Back to the Sun.” The Maybach Music Group veteran stays sharp lyrically as he expresses confidence in his journey and his abilities. Look Stream “Back To The Sun” . . .
Wale and Phil Adé have a lengthy history together, as two of the most high profile emcees to make it out of Washington, D.C. The two reconnect for “Reminisce,” a DJ Camper-produced joint that samples the Pete Rock and CL Smooth classic “T.R.O.Y.” Stream “Reminisce” below.
Wale has a history of R&B-influenced singles with smooth vibes. He continues that with today’s release, the Habib, August Grant and Channel 3-produced “Her Wave.” Featuring a prominent sample of Miguel‘s “Waves,” the song finds Wale back on his prose game, as he gets explicit while painting a picture of the things he wants to . . .