The album starts with The Curse of the Gifted. Instantly you can hear the maybach music group production, he talks about being dope on this track. Love Hate Thing he talks about living the street life. The third track Sunshine...sounds very sunny the topic matter is about coming from nuthing, nuthin negative on this track. Heaven's Afternoon features Meek Mill, they talk about coming up from the bottom to the top. Golden Salvation continues the mood from the track before. Vanity is next, he talks about always seeing the same faces in same places. Gullible features Cee Lo Green, it speeds back up the tempo of the album, in the chorus Cee Lo talks about the irony of turning the radio off just to turn the tv on. Bricks is a street track featuring Yo Gotti and Lyfe Jennings. Clappers is a bar/strip club joint featuring Juicy J and Nicki Minaj. Bad is the commercial hit of the track featuring Rihanna, its the best track on the album, a little too mainstream for me but it shows what Wale is capable of. In Tired of Dreaming, Ne-Yo lays down a decent chorus, Rick Ross comes in, its a ladies track. In Rotation the albums comes back a little harder, with features from 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa. Simple man features Wale on a boom bap type beat. 88 he compares himself to Michael Jordan in 1988. Black Heroes - Outro About Nothing, he talks about the struggles of a black male youth, Jerry Seinfeld makes a cameo at the end talking about he wants to appear on Wale's Album about Nothing cd, yet to be released. The original version of Bad plays again at the end, as said before it's a very powerful mainstream song.
Overall, The Gifted is another solid effort by Wale. For some reason he sounds more relaxed and mainstream on here, his signature song Bad, is a really great song, just not my taste of music. I give WALE - The Gifted 4 out of 5 stars.
- SIC ILL
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