Wale backstage at 5th annual Roots Picnic 2012, Okayplayer TV interview

Wale addresses politics and political apathy over a sweeping disco/boogie rhythm track on this new jawn “Freedom of Speech” which he dropped on the interborg just a lil while ago, along with news of an impending mixtape project with soopaman DJ Clark Kent. The mix is called Folarin (that’s his government–Wale Victor Folarin–stay with me now) and slated to drop Christmas Eve (Dec. 24th). Musically speaking, this is clearly the best thing Wale has done in a minute. Politically speaking, I can’t say I agree with his sentiment at all but the POV he’s laying out here echoes so many conversations I have had over the last several weeks running up to the election that I have to give it a forward in the sense that he is speaking for the way a lot of people feel. Always love to see when rappers talk about what’s really going on and affecting people’s daily lives, instead of fantasy biz. Stream or download below:

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