Energized by the fervor created by J. Cole and Wale in their back-and-forth, the latter has tripled-down on his earlier releases (“Groundhog Day,” “Folarin Like“) with another scorcher-of-a-freestyle. Rapping over D’Angelo‘s ’90s smash hit, “Lady,” the D.C. sneakerhead-and-wrestling fan gives listeners an awesome record that could find itself jumping from the Soundcloud pages into playlists around the country.
Wale, who has been on a roll, applies the right amount of pressure and prose to direct a strong message of black love and beauty to the masses. “Black is beautiful, baby, black is bold. Black is black, true, but black is gold,” he rhymes as the D and Raphael Saadiq-produced song plays underneath. In addition to killing it with the rhymes and word play, Wale shouts out various black beauties during the song’s second verse, which will hopefully tip the scales in their favor come Award SZN.
Lupita Nyong’o, Issa Rae and Viola Davis are called out by name for their accomplishments on the big-and-small screen — a move that should have all three pressing the repeat button on their Apple Music and Spotify.
According to XXL, Wale is hoping to build upon this strong showing with a collaboration with Lil’ Wayne, and has already dropped videos for “Folarin Like” and “Groundhog Day”. Press play on “Black Is Gold,” and raise your fist in the air for this dope-fire song in the comments section below!