More than a decade has passed since Nigerian-American rapper Wale came on the scene with “Dig Dug,” a club banger that made producer Mark Ronson pay close attention. Being born and raised in D.C., Wale has never abandoned his go-go roots, which means that he is still very interested in producing tracks with plenty of funky beats, and he does not shy away from injecting Afro-Pop styles into his productions, which is certainly the case with “Wow… That’s Crazy.”
Since Wale is signed to the Maybach Music Group and Warner Brothers labels, it is easy for him to collaborate with artists such as Ari Lennox and Rick Ross, who respectively contribute to “Cliche” and “Routine.” This album presents a nice mix of beats, even some incursion into grime and trap, but Wale tends to prefer to rap about self-expression, relationships, civil rights, and the African-American experience. The lyrics and vocal delivery that Wale has perfected over the years are all over this new album; he has the skills of an underground rapper who can hold his own on freestyle battles, and his drumming background allows him to come up with great beats.
Whether you are Wale fan or are looking for an introduction to an outstanding rapper who also happens to be a great musician, you can go wrong with “Wow… That’s Crazy;” in fact, this album is an ideal introduction to a hip-hop artist whose music sounds like it should be getting heavy airplay, but Wale probably likes to fly slightly under the radar anyway.