Wale came to SHINE on em’
With a surprise week-early release, Wale’s new album gives us every reason why we should shine this summer with “Shine” also being the name is his fifth album. The 14-song compilation features many different sounds and styles of music today, but Wale brings each beat to life with a rhythmic message from his soul.
Last May, Wale released his first single from Shine, My PYT, a pop song that allowed you to get your two-step on. This song initially peaked my interest because of it’s reference to Michael Jackson’s soulful love ballad, “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).” This told me early on that Wale’s focus for this album would be on the present time and not fighting against the times.
Wale bossed up this album by adding a few dope features like Lil’ Wayne, G-Eazy, Major Lazer and Wizkid to name a few. The second track on the album, Running Back, is a hip-hop hit where Lil’ Wayne and Wale references their lives as it relates to American football. Hence the hook: We ball.
The DC rapper managed to switch his style with a couple songs on this album. In the sixth track, Colombia Heights, Wale teams up with J Balvin, a Colombian singer/rapper, who lends his vocals for a verse that’s entirely in Spanish. This track surprised me because not only was there a Spanish artist on it, but even Wale himself also spoke a few Spanish words in his verse all while a high tempo beat adds to the Spanish aesthetic.
I appreciate Wale for the diversity he’s showing with this new album. I’m glad Wale stuck to his roots of poetry because the album wouldn’t have been the same without a few mind-blowing poems in his songs.
It’s safe to say that Wale is at a different place in his life and music. The birth of his baby girl, Zyla, has a lot to do with his recent growth and I’ll be the first to say I’m here for it!
Shine is available on Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music. Take a listen and let me know if it’s a HIT or MISS! Some of my favorite tracks are: DNA, Thank God, Running Back, CC White, Fashion Week, Fish n Grits, Smile, Scarface Rozay Gotti, Columbia Heights, and My PYT.
Check out the visual for My PYT.