Wale Speaks On New Mixtape, Enlists Beanie Sigel & Slaughterhouse For “Good Ol’-Fashioned Hip-Hop Music”

With Wale’s new mixtape Back To The Feature set for release tomorrow (June 19), XXLMag.com chopped it up with the DC MC about the delay, as well as the collabo-heavy focus on the follow-up to his critically acclaimed Mixtape About Nothing.

“I kinda treat my mixtapes like albums in that I don’t rush ‘em out,” the XXL Freshman alumnus said in regards to the year-long wait for his latest tape.” “You don’t wanna oversaturate, for one. Two, at the same time, I’m working on my debut album, Attention Deficit—I put a lot of energy towards that—as well as a really intricate road show. So a lot of those things were happening and I had just signed my deal—I announced ‘Back To The Feature’ before I signed with Interscope.”

The tape features guest spots from a laundry list of lyricists, such as Bun B, Beanie Sigel, Young Chris, Talib Kweli, Royce Da 5’9, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Jean Grae. Some include Roc Nation and Allido affiliates but some collabos seemed to come out of left field. “In hip-hop, it’s like artists have a secret world—it’s like a club,” he explained. “There’s a lot of people that don’t like each other and they don’t make it public and it’s not no nobody’s business. There’s a lot of people who are cool with each other who don’t make it public because there’s no need.”

Yet, the rapper didn’t consider any of the high-profile collabos for his upcoming debut studio album. “We knew exactly what it was,” he said. “It ain’t overly thought out like The Mixtape About Nothing. It’s competitive—everybody’s trying to spit. We’re not going at each other or nothing. I texted Royce like, ‘Yo, send me this, but don’t kill me on this joint.’ So I know if I’ma do a record with Royce, I gotta come with it. Or when Joe Budden was in the studio with me, he was like, ‘Yeah, you had me, but I dropped this line so I might’ve got you.’”

“It’s just competition—it’s just what makes hip-hop good,” he continued. “And I think a lot of that went out the window. It ain’t nothing DJs can play in the club. It’s something the DJ wants to go home from the club and want to listen to in his whip just to hear good ol’-fashioned hip-hop music—a little bit of boom-bap, you know.”

Back To The Feature hits the web tomorrow (Friday), with a Twitter listening session hosted by the rapper @Wale. - Devin Chanda

  • Pierzy

    I’m a big fan of Wale. I think he’s the best new artist on the scene (sorry Drake).

    Wale + Beanie + Slaughterhouse = Real Shit.

    • General

      What up P?

      I feel ya on Wale. I think he’s got a bright future if he could get the machine behind him the way they have some of these other cats…

      I do feel that Drake will be more commecially successful, because I think that his skill set allows him to appeal to a broader audience, but I for one am ready for a couple of these new dudes like Wale to show that the new generation is not all bubble gum and soda pop, LOL.

      • Pierzy

        General, what’s good?

        Yeah I totally agree. You can just tell by the difference in pictures. Wale is sitting in the middle of a Finish Line store and Drake is in that coat with the collar up staring at the ladies…judge a book by its cover.

        • $ykotic

          That’s how I can tell you’re in them books!

  • DV8

    Im glad Wale is getting radio spins. I dig this guy a whole lot more then Drake.

  • bakerboi

    I can’t wait for this man, I copped all of his mixtape and each one got progressively better, the mixtape about nothing is a classic piece you must have in your ipod. I hope back to the feature turns out to be just that, another classic. can’t wait for the freshman release as well

  • bakerboi

    I can’t wait for this man, I copped all of his mixtapes and each one got progressively better, the “mixtape about nothing” is a classic piece you must have in your ipod. I hope “back to the feature” turns out to be just that, another classic. can’t wait for the freshman release as well

  • Federal Ranga

    I couldn’t tell you why I’m still on the fence about most of the new cats that’ve been featured on here, but I will tell ya’ll this…

    Well, actually… that’s it. I guess I’ll just have to hear more shit.

  • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

    I have yet to listen to Wale’s music…still haven’t heard anything from him. He must be good from what ya’ll saying though. Where could I get his mixtape so I can give him a listen?

  • i am legend

    Wale got some sh*t with him here in d.c. we been knew about him from when he was with kenny burns from rocafella th erest of the masses just getting wind of the boy but he got spit and he bringing that lyricism thats missing in the game, oh yea d.c. stand up especially nw where it go down at.

    • mo

      blah blah blah this cat aint rapping about nothing. And NW? nigga please thats the soft side of town.

  • BeerGangsta

    Another new jack. Good to team up with Beanie, SlaughterHouse. That will help new jack out a little. The rest is on him. I don’t see him going Gold or Platium.

  • $ykotic

    “It ain’t nothing DJs can play in the club. It’s something the DJ wants to go home from the club and want to listen to in his whip just to hear good ol’-fashioned hip-hop music—a little bit of boom-bap, you know.”

    That and the lineup says it all.

  • Grym Slim

    Does Beanie know what kinda coward Wale is? There are plenty of better artists in the DMV to work with. Maybe not faster but we ain’t talkin bout track n field here are we?

  • GRYM SLIM OF DC GUTTA FAM

    For real hip-hop really out of DC check out Likeblood Entertainment. DC aint fuckin wit Wale bitch ass.

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  • Nate

    Wale has been doing his grind for a while now. Good represenation for DC.

  • Ebz202

    His music isn’t like most of the D.C. I know but he does a decent job music wise. I’m checkin’ for the mixtape. Southside in the mf house. On any given day in D.C. I don’t hear no one really talking about or bumping anything Wale tho.

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