Flyer Than The Rest Of ‘Em…

12.09.07 10 years ago 29 Comments

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God-damn.

This Wale (pronounced ‘Wa-lay’) dude is something serious…

“This where the haters is
This why they hate us here
This why I hate it here
Though love it, I made it here
We all here, from the dealers to the kids
To the squares to the fly
One thing we are aligned with
Black on black Nikes
That represent the lifeless lives
And it reflects the plight of those fighting/ so
If we ain’t right and always at the throats
Of one another at least we got our Goadome Nikes/ a
Metaphor, for the insecure
If you ain’t wearing no color, can’t nobody say nothing
One can never be judged when he dress like his brothers
Melancholy we are though we all learn to love it
Pessimistic we are
Carry odds like luggage
And thru all our troubles
We still walk around/walk around
(Flyer than the rest of ‘em)
Flyer than the rest of ‘em
Flyer than the rest of ‘em
And still got my Nike Boots”

His buzz single, “Nike Boots,’ appeals to the ear much better than it appears to the eye. It’s almost an oxymoron. Through some stirring lyrics and a rousing flow, this bubbling Washington DC emcee sidesteps all stereotypes and delivers the epic track that might inaugurate his career.

When he says it’s more than a shoe song, he’s not lying. Instead of ignorant lyrics boasting about fashionable footwear, Wale vindictively gushes about the unraveling of hip-hop, and his relentless drive to fix it from the top. Not to mention, the power of the melodramatic Osinachi-produced beat sounds like something ‘Ye would’ve done for Jigga in ’02, and fits the theme of the song like a prom-night suit.

In November, Entertainment Weekly listed him as one of the eight people to watch in 2008. Call me optimistic, but I might even say ’07.

Wale Nike Ad

This track is that hot.

Wale – Nike Boots

For more on Wale, go check out his MySpace page and download his newest mixtape, 100 Miles and Running, for free.

You’ll be happy you did.

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