Wale's new mixtape looks to up the level of production with 9th Wonder behind the boards. "Nightlife" gives a preview of what might be possible.
Since his 2007 mixtape 100 Miles and Running, which included the great "W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E." remix of Justice's "D.A.N.C.E.", it seems like every indie website pretending to like rap has been bouncing his material. The difference here, however, is that Wale is actually good.
After a slew of great material headlined by 2008's Seinfeld tribute The Mixtape About Nothing, everyone started taking notice to this fresh star, and Interscope signed him. They plan to release his debut studio album this year. Already, Wale himself has announced production from the likes of Mark Ronson, Kanye West, Justice, and more.
2009 also marks his next mixtape, Back to the Feature, produced by 9th Wonder. On Wale's website, he posted a track from the new mixtape entitled "Nightlife", which features Tre and Young Chris.
Immediately, the production sounds cleaner than any of Wale's previous material, and if this is any indication, his new album could explode as soon as its released.
"Nightlife (Dirty Version)" [MP3]
"Nightlife (Clean Version)" [MP3]