Gifted(Explicit Version) CD (2013)

Artist: Wale

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Label Atlantic/q Records
SKU 250180111
UPC 075678690174
UPC 14 00075678690174
Format CD
Release Date 6/25/2013
Author Wale
Associated Artist/Work Cole, J. (Rap)
Artist Influence Camp Lo
Artist Influence Chuck Brown
Artist Influence DJ Kool (Rap)
Artist Influence DJ Mark the 45 King
Artist Influence Jay-Z
Artist Influence Mark Ronson
Artist Influence OutKast
Artist Influence Trouble Funk
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Technical Info
CatalogID 7567869017
Lable Name Atlantic (Label)
Released 07/01/2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 70m : 2s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075678690174
Musical Guests
Sam Dew
Meek Mill
Cee-Lo Green
Yo Gotti
Lyfe Jennings
Nicki Minaj
Juicy J
Rick Ross
Wiz Khalifa
2 Chainz
Jerry Seinfeld
Tiara Thomas
Album Notes and Credits
Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY; Berkely Park Music, Atlanta,GA; Blast Off Studios, New York, NY; Deuce Station, Atlanta, GA; Downtown Studios, New York, NY; Folarin's House, Atlanta, GA; Jungle City Studios, New York, NY; MSR Studios, New York, NY; Odds On Recording, Henderson, NV; Platinum Sound studios, New York, NY; Quad Studios, New York, NY; Silent Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA; Stadium Red Studios, New York, NY; ZAC Studios, Atlanta, GA.
While his first two efforts were smart, clever, funny, and infectious, rapper Wale was never one known to offer rich insight, but on the opening number of the aptly titled The Gifted, he spits "The status got me trippin'/I like my bitch but I like these bitches on my dick be spittin'/Tell that you feelin' different, knowin' you the bread winner," and suddenly the hook of this great album reveals itself. Besides being solidly built and not overstuffed at 16 tracks long, The Gifted is the fascinating sound of the life of the party growing up, and that's as in "in the process," because there are still plenty of club bangers, strip-club jams, and irresponsible moments, and all of them are welcome. "LoveHate Thing" is a breezy summertime jam reminiscing with plenty of gun talk and reckless stories of youth, but the complicated Wale can look to his dangerous past with much love and much gratitude that he made it through those days alive. "Simple Man" is self-reflection with a head-nodding beat and some witty borrowing from 2Pac; then there's the great and quite big "Golden Salvation (Jesus Piece)," which juxtaposes lyrics about the Gospel and bling for a layered and interesting swagger fest. As beefy as it gets, "Rotation" is still the puff-puff-pass weed anthem stoners wish for, with "Bad" (featuring Rihanna), "Tired of Dreaming" (featuring Ne-Yo and Rick Ross), and "Clappers" (featuring Nicki Minaj and Juicy J) coming off as great bangers that don't squander their superstar guests. Names like Just Blaze, Lee Majors, Cardiak, and No Credit supply the beats for this more mature/still flashy release, all of it adding up to Wale's win number three. ~ David Jeffries
Artist Overview
Born Wale Folarin to Nigerian immigrant parents, the Washington D.C. native was poised to put the District of Columbia's hip-hop scene on the map in 2009. Wale first turned heads in 2006 with local hits "Dug Dug (Shake It)" and "Breakdown," both influenced by the D.C. go-go sound. In 2007, he caught the attention of DJ/producer Mark Ronson, signing with Ronson's Allido label and releasing the single "Nike Boots." With a string of successful mixtapes and high-profile appearances under his belt, Wale inked a deal with Interscope in 2008 and began prepping his long-awaited debut LP.
Disc 1
1 Curse of the Gifted, The
2 LoveHate Thing
3 Sunshine
4 Heaven's Afternoon
5 Golden Salvation (Jesus Piece)
6 Vanity
7 Gullible
8 Bricks
9 Clappers
10 Bad [Remix]
11 Tired of Dreaming
12 Rotation
13 Simple Man
14 88
15 Black Heroes/Outro About Nothing
16 Bad
Product Attributes
Artist Wale
Label Atlantic/q Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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