- Artist: Wale
- Track: Family Affair
- Producer: Best Kept Secret
- Album: Inside a Change Mixtape
Featured yesterday, J.A.M.E.S. Watts' You're My Life earned rave reviews for its heartfelt lyrics and cinematic sound, as well as piquing listeners' interests about Rik Cordero's forthcoming film, Inside A Change. Wale's Family Affair is also set to appear on the soundtrack mixtape, and, sure enough, the parallels to Watts' track are plain to see. Over a melancholy, organ-driven beat by Best Kept Secret, the emcee delves deeply into the psyches of a few of the film's central characters. Shifting perspectives as he describes a young prostitute struggling to provide for her son in the wake of a husband and father's death, Wale manages to tell an emotionally-resonant story without toning down his cerebral, allusive lyrical style—“This sh*t got me feelin' Robert Beck, rather than Robin Thicke” took me a few minutes of research to figure out, and that's just the opening line. This cut's impressive, to say the least, and should stir up quite a bit of buzz for Inside a Change and its accompanying mixtape (both due out in July), as well as Wale's forthcoming debut LP, Attention: Deficit (due out this summer).