Wale day: Here at last

attention deficit

After five mixtapes, dozens of guest spots, countless delays and nearly 9,300 tweets, "Attention Deficit" is finally here. How long have we been waiting for the debut album from local rapper Wale? Here's the Post's story about the DMV's breakout star with the headline, "The Great Rap Hope" ... and that was printed more than two years ago. Since then we've written about the most famous of those mixtapes (2008's "Seinfeld" sampling "Mixtape About Nothing"), checked in on his live performance (note the line about "his major label debut this spring" -- ha!) and once again pondered whether Wale (or any of the area's other upstart rappers) is in line for major success.

So is "Attention Deficit" worth the wait? Yes. "It's a stellar offering from a wildly gifted rapper," says Chris Richards in his review in today's paper. It's main faults are some awful beats from some big name producers (Mark Ronson and the Neptunes) and a bit of an identity crisis that finds Wale "hustling to please the gods of Billboard, radio, MTV, the blogosphere and his home town." But throughout, Wale's "sticky, dexterous flow [holds] the proceedings together." Read the full review here.

Also from today's paper: Quick Spins of Kenny Alphin, Robbie Williams and Melanie Fiona. Plus, Singles File, which features Robin Thicke and Norah Jones.

By David Malitz |  November 10, 2009; 8:48 AM ET Local News , Reviews
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