Wale tests his 'Shine'
Wale releases his new album, "Shine" after dropping the lead single 'Fish N Grits' with Travi$ Scott a while ago. The album introduces a new sound from Wale enlisting an array of artists ranging from Major Lazer, WizKid, G-Eazy, Lil Wayne, J Balvin, Chris Brown and more! Wale experiments with a dance hall sound in this album while coming correct with his lyrics and beat selection. One unlikely omittal from the album is a Rick Ross feature, but Wale does not fail to shout out his Maybach Music boss.
Wale opens the album with a R&B/soulful track, 'Thank God,' but it doesn't take him long to get to rapping. The second song, 'Running Back' is the highly anticipated collab with Weezy boasting about athlete money. Lil Wayne kills his verse and sets the bar high for the album's features. The third track is his solo track 'Scarface Rozay Gotti' providing a smoooth flow over the synth track. 'My Love' introduces the dance hall sound in the album with some help from Major Lazer, WizKid and Dua Lipa making this one of the best songs on the record. 'Fashion Week' holds a looped Frank Ocean sample from LoveCrimes with G-Eazy continuing to slay his guest features. 'Colombia Heights' features Colombian superstar J Balvin who is the hottest man in reggaeton right now. Both artists rap over the house sounding beat. Wale gets back to purely rap in 'CC White' and shouts out Meek Mill and Rick Ross in a dark 'Mathematics.' 'Fish N Grits' keeps the fire coming with a dope Travi$ Scott feature on the hook owning his autotune sound. 'Fine Girl' brings it back to his new dance hall sound celebrating beautiful women. 'Heaven on Earth' is a soulful ode to women and who better to have on the hook than Chris Brown. The dancey vibe continues in 'My PYT' but then slows down with 'DNA' which sounds like a song taken straight from his preview album, "The Album About Nothing." Wale closes the album with the final song, 'Smile' leaving the listener with positive vibes and a great album to play on a sunny afternoon. This is the most woke Wale has been with "Shine" being a sign that Wale must be in a very good place right now musically and in life. Dope.