Ambition(Explicit Version) CD (2011)

Artist: Wale

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Thanks Wale

on 5/12/2013

I would like to say thanks to Mr. Wale for keeping his music real to the urban sound you would commonly find in Rap. The album artwork is very crisp, clean and the text is very legible, so I'm giving this production 5 stars for sound recording, artwork and all media associated with this CD. Another very good production I found was the Thorough Album By Stryk, rapper and R&B Vocalist.

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Product Overview


Label Warner/reprise/maverick
SKU 224689913
UPC 093624954743
UPC 14 00093624954743
Format CD
Release Date 11/1/2011
Author Wale
Associated Artist/Work Cole, J. (Rap)
Technical Info
CatalogID 9362495474
Lable Name MMG
Released 11/01/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 60m : 10s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00093624954743
Musical Guests
Kid Cudi
Big Sean
Meek Mill
Rick Ross
Album Notes and Credits
Recording information: Doppler Studios, Atlanta, GA; PatchWerk Recording Studios, Atlanta, GA; Play Studios, NY; SoundTrap Studios, Atlanta, GA; Zac Recording, Atlanta, GA.
Illustrator: Psimdope.
On the title track of his sophomore release, Washington, D.C. rapper Wale declares that "Ambition is priceless, it's somethin' in your veins." He's speaking from experience as this varied and vibrant success displays, proving he's hungry to tackle some moody deepness on the title track while, just one cut earlier, "Slight Work" finds him in 2011 party mode, bouncing with fury as a Diplo beat percolates underneath. "Lotus Flower Bomb" is a laid-back throwback that could mix fine with any given Erykah Badu ballad, while "Illest B****" is the kind of stuff that puts hands up in the air, sounding soulful and all the way live as Wale testifies about the strong women in his life. With the album landing on Rick Ross' Maybach Music label, there's a shout-out to the South Beach set with the sunshine soul number "Miami Nights," and as the Ross-like "Chain Music" plus the smartass gangster manifesto "No Days Off" ("The revolution may be televised/But make sure if they do see/Them people see my good side") drive the album home, it just seems natural that everything closes with producer Lex Luger at his best during "That Way." As far as why it all hangs together so well, credit goes to Wale's talent and his strong personality, which here has grown into an interesting combination of Lil Wayne and Plies, with a little 50 Cent smirk and bit of Drake's phrasing thrown in for good measure. ~ David Jeffries
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.82) - "Compared to 2009's ATTENTION DEFICIT, there's more sonic consistency....The former backpack hero exposes his inner nice guy..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.75) - "[The] party beats are sturdy..." -- Grade: B-
Billboard (p.56) - "AMBITION nods to Ross' cartoon grandiosity in 'Miami Nights,' where Wale details his collection of luxury goods over a jubilant horn riff. Characteristically, though, the album heads in plenty of other directions as well..."
Disc 1
1 Don't Hold Your Applause
2 Double M Genius
3 Miami Nights
4 Legendary
5 Lotus Flower Bomb - (featuring Miguel)
6 Chain Music
7 Focused - (featuring Kid Cudi)
8 Sabotage - (featuring Lloyd)
9 White Linen (Coolin) - (featuring Ne-Yo)
10 Slight Work - (featuring Big Sean)
11 Ambition - (featuring Meek Mill/Rick Ross)
12 Illest B****
13 No Days Off
14 DC or Nothing
15 That Way - (featuring Jeremih/Rick Ross)
Product Attributes
Artist Wale
Label Warner/reprise/maverick
Music Format Compact Disc

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