Wale has lowkey had a fantastic 2016. The Maybach Music Group artist released a great mixtape, scored a Gold-certified single with “My PYT,” and became a father to a healthy daughter, an occasion made all the more celebration-worthy after battling with drug abuse and depression following the loss of a child in 2015 due to miscarriage.
Throughout his career, Wale has brought his fans along on the roller coaster that is his life, never denying the lows and never failing to rightfully boast about the highs, and although Wale has scored more than his fair share of hits like “My PYT,” he still likes to occasionally drop a track just to let you know how nice he is lyrically.
“Folarin Like” is absolutely one of those tracks.
Wale kicks off his freestyle over the classic “Nas Is Like” beat with a proclamation that he’s just having some fun...and then proceeds to spaz out for nearly three and a half minutes over the legendary DJ Premier instrumental from I Am…
Lyrically, Wale oozes with confidence, addressing his recent victories (including the birth of his daughter), claims fatherhood to many of his contemporaries, and calls out keyboard warriors who don’t know the half of what he’s been through. On the heels of his J. Cole response record "Groundhog Day," it's safe to say the DMV native is batting 1.000 for the month of December.
Like much of his music, “Folarin Like” is a journal entry from an artist that goes through hurdles and victories just like the rest of us, but after an already solid 2016, Wale seems more focused and on point than ever, and I can’t wait to see what he does on his upcoming album Shine.
By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.
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