Next up, Wale takes over the big screen in a big way with a role in Michael Bay’s new action thriller Ambulance, opening in theaters everywhere on April 8. Wale’s currently on his nationwide “Under A Blue Moon” and concludes the tour in his hometown at The Filmore in Silver Springs, MD on March 11. Tickets are available on Wale’s https://www.walemusic.com/
Folarin II has amassed tens of millions of streams and earned widespread critical acclaim. Pitchfork christened it “his best release since initial hype-generator The Mixtape About Nothing,” and Complex hailed it as “a lyrical smoothie of pain, passion, and perseverance.”
For his latest Warner Records album, Wale flips between sounds and moods, dipping into flirty wordplay and mid-2000s R&B samples one moment (“Poke It Out” with J. Cole and “Angles” with Chris Brown) and triumphant, yet reflective tracks the next (“Tiffany Nike” and “Light Years” with Rick Ross). On #1 radio single “Poke It Out,” he cruises over a sample of Q-Tip’s “Vivrant Thing” for a playful single, trading slick bars with Cole. Wale’s album-length balancing act is a testament to his skills as a writer and to his well-honed taste as a curator, qualities that helped him elevate to his place as one of rap’s premier tastemakers. It’s a position he’s maintained since bursting onto the scene over a decade ago and it’s one he’s steadily reminded fans of over the last few years.
Last November, he shared the bittersweet “Flawed” with Gunna. And in 2019, his sixth studio album Wow… That’s Crazy spawned the #1 single “On Chill” featuring Jeremih, which received a 2020 BET Award nomination for “Best Collaboration.” The Grammy-nominated artist’s list of accolades and accomplishments grows every year. He’s covered publications such as Complex, Billboard, XXL, Vibe, and Uproxx, and has received honors at the BET Awards, BET Hip-Hop Awards, Soul Train Awards, and more. To date, Wale has achieved six Platinum or multi-Platinum singles, three Gold singles, and two Gold albums. Folarin II shows that despite all the acclaim, he’s still focused on building a legacy, one that shines brighter than any plaque.