After a few pushbacks, hitting fans over the head with a ton of loosies, remixes and dropping a few singles Wale returns with his highly anticipated 5th studio album SHINE a week early.
The 14 track project is a star-studded affair and is the follow-up to The Album About Nothing which is personally my favorite Wale album. It boasts guest features from Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Major Lazer, WizKid, G-Eazy, J Balvin, Travi$ Scott, his baby daughter Zyla who appears on the last track “Smile”, and more. The production on the album is handled by Mike Dean, Cool & Dre, Nez & Rio, Christian Rich, Diplo, Hit-Boy, Southside, Super Miles and much more.
While his last album was dark and touched on his depression, SHINE is upbeat and warm and you can tell that the birth of his daughter Zyla, who he calls his greatest creation had a huge impact on the direction the album went. During a recent listening session, he had at Genius he said
“So basically, with this album, I challenged myself as a writer. I tried to step outside of my comfort zone and do things that I felt good about… this album, I don’t care about numbers, I don’t care about nothing, I just care about my tour and my fans.”
The tour that he is referring to is his upcoming 15-date “SHINE” tour which is kicking off May 5th in Atlanta. Stream the album below and get your shine on.