Two years after his debut album, Wale returns with his sophomore LP “Ambition”. Wale’s first album was very artistic and poetic and it only sold 28,000 copies in its first week. There was controversy about the reasons behind the low sales. One of the beliefs was subject matter. The definition of insanity is doing something over and over again expecting different results. Wale obviously isn’t insane because he slightly changed his style. “Ambition” still has some of the poetic elements Wale is known for. This time, he simply mixed it with a more radio friendly sound.
Don’t Hold Your Applause– The intro track. Wale sets the tone for the album with his intricate rhyme scheme.
Lotus Flower Bomb– An R&B inspired track. This song works as a hip hop ballad of sorts.
Sabotage (ft. Lloyd)– This song talks about a woman that sabotages her own relationships. Lloyd’s smooth vocals and Wale’s colorful descriptions make this track memorable.
DC or Nothing– In this song, Wale discusses the issues his hometown faces. He basically says that DC is his home and that’s what it will always be.
- Don’t Hold Your Applause 1
- Double M Genius 1
- Miami Nights .5
- Legendary .5
- Lotus Flower Bomb (ft. Miguel) 1
- Chain Music 1
- Focused (ft. Kid Cudi) .5
- Sabotage (ft. Lloyd) 1
- White Linen (Coolin) (ft. Ne-yo) 1
- Slight Work (ft. Big Sean) .5
- Ambition (ft. Meek Mill and Rick Ross) 1
- Illest Bitch .5
- No Days Off .5
- DC or Nothing 1
- That Way (ft Rick Ross, Jeremih) 1
Total: 12/15= 80%
In our opinion, “Ambition” is a good album but if you’re looking for the more poetic Wale, we’re afraid you’ll be disappointed because this album isn’t the same as “Attention Deficit”. However, we understand that artists evolve and although different, Wale’s art wasn’t compromised.
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