Let’s Not Let Wale Ruin The End Of 2013

12.17.13 4 years ago 39 Comments

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Wale is that girl drinking alone at the bar, frustrated and pissy because all of her friends are canoodling with the opposite sex. Unsatisfied with a night that doesn’t revolve around her, she gets so drunk that her friends have to take her home, ruining the night for everybody and leaving some respectable, deserving gents with the bluest of balls.

It’s the end of the year. We shouldn’t be paying attention to Wale. We should be talking about the best music of 2013. But because he’s Wale, here we are, talking about Wale.

In short: after his now-infamous Complex spat, the MMG emcee is making the necessary face-saving PR rounds. On Monday, he appeared on Hot97 to discuss the incident with Peter Rosenberg and Ebro Darden. The video is below, but it’s 22-minutes long, so to summarize:

— Wale admitted that he’s a bit insecure (going so far as to call himself a conspiracy theorist), and genuinely believes that Complex has an agenda set against him.

— He thinks that this is because him and Kid Cudi aren’t exactly on the best terms (even though they kissed and made up), and that Complex goes out of its way to make Cudi look good*.

— The rapper also has issues with the way that Complex rates and ranks their albums, stating: “If there’s certain scales that you’re judging people on, let those be consistent. If it’s club records, if it’s record sales. Let it be a consistent thing.”

— Part of his frustration came from the fact that he genuinely believes The Gifted to be great work, considering all of the time and effort he put into it.

— Jay Z picked him up and gave him some OG advice and, blah blah blah, haters gon’ hate.

A part of me thinks its admirable for Wale to feel so emotional about this. I’d feel the same way,especially if what he says is true – if he really did put his blood, sweat and tears into the project – then it makes sense to feel so scorned by the lack of respect that The Gifted is getting.

But for the love of God, stop looking like you love this attention so much. If you want to be an end-of-the-year topic of discussion, release a decent album. Don’t throw a hissy fit when you drop a resounding dud, and then use that window to explain the creative process behind making said dud. This won’t make people revisit The Gifted just to see if you were right and Complex was wrong. It’s just going to reinforce every bad thing that people already think about you.

Maybe down the road, Mr. Folarin drops a good album and we all forget about this saga. But until that happens, can we promise ourselves not to let mediocre rappers highjack the kudos that should be getting passed around this time of the year?

* — I will never refute this for a second. Complex does a lot of great work, but their infatuation with Kid Cudi is a whole ‘nother story.

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