Wale: “Why Can’t I Say My Album is Just as Good as Reasonable Doubt


Wale couldn’t have picked a better title for his sophomore album. As the November release date for Ambition approaches, the D.C. MC isn’t concerned with obtaining the commercial success that eluded him with his debut album, Attention Deficit, he wants to be the first XXL freshman alumnus to release an indisputable classic.

“None of us have been able to create a critically acclaimed album so to speak,” Wale tells XXL. “That was my goal to try to do that. I ain’t really into selling because I’m doing pretty good. I got records on the radio for the first time in my career.”

Actually, delivering a classic won’t cut it for Wale. The Maybach Music Group signee won’t rest until he drops an album that’s universally heralded as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.

“I’m just trying to make a classic album, something that you can put up there with Reasonable Doubt and all the stuff that’s blasphemous to compare your work to now,” Wale explained. “Why can’t I say my album is just as good as Reasonable Doubt or I’m trying to beat Reasonable Doubt? That shit is blasphemous to say.”

“They just think that’s ’cause people are too lazy,” he continued. “Young niggas won’t let themselves be great and old niggas won’t let young niggas be great. Jay-Z’s my personal friend. Jay-Z’s a nigga that I idolized when I was younger. Why the fuck you telling I can’t try to beat his album?”

Ambition is set to hit stores on November 1. —Carl Chery

  • http://topbillion.wordpress.com/ Top Billion

    YOU GO, WALE, I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT! MAKE A CLASSIC! THAT ELEVEN ONE ELEVEN THEORY MIXTAPE IS A CLASSIC! JUST TAKE THAT SAME ENERGY TO THE NEXT LEVEL AND YOU WILL BE INDISPUTABLE!

    • EB

      I agree. The mixtape made me a believer. He’s crossed to the other side. He just needs to keep the momentum going.

  • j

    “Why Can’t I Say My album is Just as Good as Reasonable Doubt“

    Because you’re the same on every song

    • GOD2U

      EVERY SONG hahaha. “lil engine could wale” shit cracks me up

  • King

    “Why Can’t I Say My album is Just as Good as Reasonable Doubt“

    Because at times in life, you just have to be honest with your self and say, “you know what, I’m just not that good or that talented as a rapper”

    • SBMobile

      Co-sign! A lot of these artists concept of “reality” doesn’t go past the tip of their nose! He’s real “suss” the way he’s feeling himself so hard! Totally WACK!

      • King

        bingo!!

        I think they’re under this impression – oh snap I made it and sold some records and yay! i have groupies now, and oh crap I met Jay-Z and I’m in the VIP section ALL the time I go out, so me and Jay-Z or Nas are the same…

        mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm NO! notice that there are a handful of rappers who’s longevity are as good as nas, jayz and eminem…………………….

        oh wait did I forget anyone else…EXACTLY my point!

        then there are other rappers….

  • zayzkidd

    If he wanted to use a Jay Z reference he should have used Blue Print.

  • wilson

    It would be interesting to see how an album would sound without the influence of the label. I don’t think that was as much of a problem in the 90′s as it is now. If Jay handed in Reasonable Doubt to his label today (instead of 96) they wouldn’t allow it to be released.

    Artists know this. That’s why we get their best work lyrically on mixtapes. In the 90′s rappers gave their all into an album. They knew people would buy it and study it front to back becuse thats the only music you would hear from them until the next album dropped.

    That may be part of the reason but i could be wrong.

  • Tobes

    Wale’s album definitely has the potential to be a classic, except that J. Cole’s album comes out first. That’s definitely going to be a classic #ColeWorld

    • $yk

      see it be comments like this…no debatable facts or anything tangible…actually a waste of time…unless you heard BOTH of them albums, and you can tell and know what happens 10 years from now, what you said is fraudulent.

      ‘Reasonable Doubt’ was OVERLOOKED when it came out…Nas, Wu, Biggie were popping…’Can’t Knock The Hustle’ got spins, but realistically not because of Jay, but because of MARY J BLIGE (she had the super buzz at that time).

      Christion had more buzz with ‘Full Of Smoke’ than ‘Reasonable Doubt’ did, and they were Roc artists from the leftcoast.

      Wale, just put out FIRE, and make them go back and listen…SIMPLE FORMULA…

      But cats be reaching with this “classic” label these days…THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN INSTANT CLASSIC, IT’S AN OXYMORON. THERE IS NO WAY SOMETHING THAT IS JUST RELEASED OR NOT EVEN CREATED FOR IT TO EXIST CAN BE CLASSIC, which means STANDS THE TEST OF TIME AND STILL IS RELEVANT WAY AFTER IT’S INCEPTION.

      And good comment wilson…

      • zherow

        I totally respect that.

        I like Wale, I really do, but Attention Deficit, while great as it was/is, is not a classic. It has nothing to it, sonically or structurally, that would lend itself to being one. And with that, I do not see his new album being any different; it will be amazing and underrated, but classic? No.

        I will give it the benefit of the doubt (I did with Lil’ B, and I’m Gay has a better shot as being a classic), but it seems that artists are chasing classic instead of just putting out good music and making sure that, if nothing else, it can stand the test of time. I highly doubt that Bach, Beethoven or Mozart were thinking how people will still be playing their music in the 21st century.

        I do respect Wale’s attitude about it, but it will take more than that to gain classic status.

  • humuhumunukunukuapua’a

    1 reason: the classic album just doesn’t exist anymore. Nowadays its all quantity over quality which made all classic albums of the past classics. If you’re gonna release a CD full of garbage it doesn’t deserve to be called classic.

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