After weathering The Imperfect Storm in June, Wale is back in action with his seventh studio album, Folarin 2.
A sequel to his 2012 mixtape, the album follows in the same vein with a lot of the songs reimagining past classics like Mike Jones’ “Still Tippin” (on “Down South” with Yella Beezy and Maxo Kream), Q-Tip’s “Vivrant Thing” (on “Poke It Out” with J. Cole), and Diddy’s “I Need a Girl” (on “Angles” with Chris Brown).
“My daughter is talking to her mother one time and she was like, ‘Respect the kids. Respect the kids.’ They were playing, but she was being serious and that’s part of it,” Wale explained to XXL. “The inner child of me, you know, “Still Tippin’,” “Vivrant Thing,” “I Need a Girl,” all these samples are coming from back in the day when I was a kid. I’m sampling way more than normal, so, it feels like a mixtape. I’m giving people their flowers and I’m getting mine.
Equipped with 15 tracks, the album features the artists listed above, as well as Rick Ross, Boyz II Men, Jamie Foxx, and Ant Clemons. Press play and be sure to add Folarin 2 wherever you consume music.