Attention Deficit 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… Attention Deficit 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… 2009-11-10 Wale Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

Attention Deficit (2009)

Wale, Attention Deficit | THEY KEEP SAYING WHALE But his name's Wale
THEY KEEP SAYING WHALE But his name's Wale
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Nov 10, 2009; Lead Performance: Wale; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

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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Originally posted Nov 04, 2009 Published in issue #1075 Nov 13, 2009 Order article reprints
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