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Wale Unveils ‘Folarin II’ Ft. J. Cole, Rick Ross, Maxo Kream & More

The notion of evolving is quite prevalent on Folarin II, in fact, we think it might have been Wale’s guiding light. On the album he shared, “You’re going to constantly become a bigger critic of yourself and I think that whole idea manifests itself on this project.”

On a list filled with all of the things Wale is good at, rolling out singles that stick is one. In this space, that’s not a small feat. 

Poke It Out” featuring J. Cole, “Angles” with Chris Brown, and “Down South” which features Maxo Kream and Yella Beezy were the palette cleansers that arrived before midnight on Friday. Each of these tracks prepared fans for the truth-telling journey that is Folarin II (out today)

His 2012 mixtape Folarin is the precursor to Folarin II, on the latest installment, Wale is back in rare form, he’s lyrical and honest. He addresses woes and tribulations, but he also touches on love and the demons that often visit him. It’s evident on this full-length that he’s still learning lessons on a daily basis about how to handle fame and money. There are jaded moments on this release, but there are also tracks that speak to him being grateful for his growth as an artist. 

We just constantly evolve and if you really care about your craft, it’s going to constantly evolve,” he shared in a new Apple Music interview. “You’re going to constantly become a bigger critic of yourself and I think that whole idea manifests itself on this project.”

The notion of evolving is quite prevalent on Folarin II, in fact, we think it might have been Wale’s guiding light. On why he was ready to drop this album he shared, “The hunger is there, you know what I’m saying. I mean, and I never wasn’t hungry, but I’m just saying it’s just hitting a little different now.” 

Wale’s Folarin II is his way of giving himself his own flowers. The road to riches is often difficult, this album proves that through pain and unsavory experiences, he has come out triumphant and is still able to create music that resonates. 

Stream Folarin II below.

Robyn Mowatt

Robyn Mowatt is a Staff Writer at Okayplayer where she covers culture, music, and fashion. You can see what's on her mind on Twitter at @robyn_mowatt.

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