Let Wale tell it on his new track “Arrival,” the first album was slept on while the second one brought on the groupies. He’s back in the studio working on his third album as the rest of his Maybach Music Group puts in overtime to take over as the leading rap crew in the game. Fans of Wale’s early mixtape days will be happy the D.C. native has returned to his proverbial roots. An old school sample serves as the slowish instrumentation on “Arrival” where he jumps right in addressing the controversy over no dark skinned black women being featured in “Pretty Girls.” “Love a dark sister, but I ran through lights like medic routes.”
As its title suggests, Wale raps about having arrived. He boasts about winning and making moves. “Third time’s a charm,” he says of the untitled third album expected at the top of 2013. The two minute song sounds unfinished. His verse is solid, but what makes the record is the sampled production. Mixtape Wale is what many consider to be Wale’s best material. “Arrival” and the mention of returning to the sound and flow of those days is enough to keep us curious.
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