Simon Vozick-Levinson
November 04, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Attention Deficit

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Wale
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a B

Several excellent mixtapes have won Wale a reputation as a smart lyricist in an age of dumbed-down ringtone rap. He often lives up to that promise on his major-label debut, tossing out deep thoughts and show-offy puns over beats that pay homage to the go-go of his native D.C. Yet Attention Deficit is marred by intermittent efforts to conform to a misogynist mainstream-rap blueprint. It’s hard to hear such an unusual talent suppressing the very qualities that make him worth paying attention to. B

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