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Wale – “Walk N’ Live”

By J. Tinsley / 12.17.13


This is all you have to do, Wale. Rap.

Truth be told, I’m far from Folarin’s biggest fan. There are songs of his that remain in rotation longer than others, but never anything worth writing home about. And to be even more truthful, I haven’t revisited The Gifted since this summer sans two or three records. So when Complex decided against Wale being on their top 50 albums list and the DMV native promptly responded in an emotional Angela Bassett-like fashion, I chuckled for three reasons:

– Because he actually allowed such a distinction (or lack thereof) to ruffle his feathers.

– Because Wale’s successful in his own right and Complex’s staff have paid benefits with their salary (I think) and yours truly doesn’t. And yet here they are going head-to-head in a verbal steel cage match.

– Because a Top 50 of anything seems outrageous.

Hearing Wale’s musical response, “Walk N’ Live,” was worth the near three minutes he used to air his side of the story. He addresses the issue head on, so respect to Wale for that.

But here’s the thing. Spazzing only helps in certain instances. Hell, there are countless publications I’ve submitted freelance pitches to that were either turned down or never generated a response. The last option on my mind was taking to social media and blasting them there. It would’ve been fun and somewhat hilarious, but ultimately I’d be the one butthurt and losing out on a future opportunity. Instead, I just took it as a punch on the chin to tighten my work and take it to the next level. I’m still light years away from where I need to be, but progress is a slow process.

Wale’s got to understand that, too, and to some degree I’m sure he already does. Being passionate about your work is a great quality to have. We all should. Reacting (in many cases) never helped anyone. Complex recorded the conversation and released it, fairly or not. They received the page clicks. They received the name recognition. Meanwhile, Wale’s the scorned, angry Black man and overly sensitive rapper.

So who really won?

Wale - Walk N’ Live brought to you by Hotnewhiphop

Previously: Let’s Not Let Wale Ruin The End Of 2013

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