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Sabotage – Wale ft. Lloyd

19 Jun

Save the Wale

Do you remember this? 

I enjoyed that a lot, and 90210 which prefigured whither hip was going to hop off. If Jonah is our Drake champion, then Wale’s mine. He’s creative, original and classical all in one. Anyway, I’ve only recently checked out his latest album, Ambition and his new (relatively) single, Sabotage. It features Lloyd and is excellent. A sweet mix of a catchy refrain with witty rap (Avatar references always hit home). Check it out after the jump:

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10 Things I Love About Pop: Week 6

19 Nov

Talking That Talk (in black and white): It’s been a moody time in pop. Not really, but I couldn’t find colour photos.

Last week was pretty dramatic for me, and pop music. And the WORLD.  So let’s take a more peaceful gander through the world of pop music this week. No apocalyptic visions, just ear-friendly beats. It was a Rihanna-centric week which is good news for anyone who’s a fan of the Good Girl Gone Debauched, bad for anyone who still has Umber-ella-ella-ella ringing through their brain. This is also a video-heavy post, because a) there seemed to be rather a lot this week and b) I’m tired. Let’s pop!

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90210 – Wale

15 Nov

Wale, ne Olubowale Victor Akintimehin (whichever you find easier to say) is a refreshing change in the rap industry. Originating from D.C, his anthemic Dig Dug attracted attention and Mark Ronson signed him up to Allido Records. Although he has been around for a while, Wale has only really been catching mainstream music’s attention with the release of his debut album and various single.

One of his freshest tracks was recorded with Lady Gaga who brings something awesome to the record. Take a listen:

It’s a great poppy tune infused with a street vibe that creates a rousing chorus and something that appears innovative and leaves others thinking ‘why didn’t we think of that?’ If Chillin’ showed us what Wale was capable of, 90210 shows a great potential of the depths that he can dive to. Take (another) listen:

Yes, it’s a subject that has been done to death. Rich people, their glamour and its pill-inducing/dietary disease creating/eventual unhappiness side effects. What Wale manages to do is take all these subjects and create something with an undeniably cool edge. He has a flair for creating really iconic lyrics such as:

She live her whole life like TV
And she would do anything for everything
Regular girl, Celebrity dreams
She is 90210

If those aren’t deserving of a teenager’s Facebook quotations, I don’t know what is.