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Editor’s Pick #151: Wale’s “New Soul” by carlywolkoff
"New Soul" stands out on Back to the Feature

"New Soul" stands out on Back to the Feature

PREVIEW: Download Wale’s “New Soul” MP3
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Surprisingly, my favorite song off Wale’s star-studded Back to the Feature mixtape is not one produced by Mark Ronson and doesn’t even feature Talib Kweli, or Lady Gaga.

“New Soul” comes last on the mixtape, and there’s no better impression he could leave his audience with.  Of all the hip-hop freshmen Wale gives a shout out to on “New Soul” — Asher Roth, Wiz Khalifa, Drizzy Drake — Wale is undoubtedly the most promising.   As the BKS-produced beat samples Yael Naim’s hit “New Soul,” Wale brilliantly knocks all of hip-hop’s new souls and set himself apart.  He recognizes the current Drake craze, and dismisses it by rapping, “Slow and steady wins this race / F*ck leading.”  It’s almost comical that releasing a mixtape every year since 2005, like Wale, is considered “slow and steady” nowadays.

But one thing is for sure: Wale doesn’t sacrifice artistic integrity (a common theme in his music) in order to sloppily rush to the finish line.  Instead, he consistently produces exceptional music and he’s right in that he’s likely to have more staying power than the other probable one-hit wonders out there. So, although Drake may have the balls to undeservingly replace “Still D.R.E.” with “Still Drake”, Wale actually has the skills to back it up.

While all these “new souls” are blowing up Top 40 radio stations and selling out fast, I foresee Wale’s career going more the way of Kweli or Common.  Actually, Wale puts it better in saying, “DC chillin / PG chillin / My name Wale and I came to get it.”

— Carly Wolkoff, Managing Editor



Great points. Though I do enjoy Drake, I also feel that him and Kid Cudi are getting a bit ahead of themselves lately, considering neither has a proper full-length release. I absolutely hate Asher Roth though, so everyone should feel free to blast away.

Comment by johncassillo

Good stuff. Drake and Kid Cudi don’t impress me in the slightest (and don’t even get me started on that clown Roth), but I, like you, think Wale’s got a very promising career ahead of him.

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