Wale’s sixth album Wow… That’s Crazy was released earlier this month and it’s safe to say that the 15 track album is dedicated to love and speaking from his heart, whether that’s about relationships, his career or social injustices.
The album includes features from 6lack, Ari Lennox, Bryson Tiller, Jeremih, and Megan Thee Stallion to name just a few. The D.C native brings out a slow R&B sound with a touch of his poetic raps.
He begins the album with a strong message of “sue me I’m rooting for everybody that Black” in the song “Sue Me.” It expresses how he loves to see his culture win and be successful. He also taps into his thoughts on women and love from the start. The lyrics “Womanizer, probably could’ve been a feminist/ ‘Cause I respect ’em, but Lord, I got polygamy problems” sums up the issues he stands for in this album, but the struggle he also goes through as a man.
We get that same vibe of strong lyrics in songs like “50 In Da Safe” featuring Pink Sweat$, “Routine” featuring Clemm Rishad, Rick Ross, and Meek Mill, and “Love Me Nina/Semiautomatic.” Wale raps about being famous and living his dream, but the people around him are not who they appear to be, and the public isn’t always sweet. Yet, aside from all the hate, he remains strong by blocking it out and focusing it on the rap game.
Wale raps, “A lot of thoughts and a lot of pain, yeah/ My ammunition come from all your hate”
In songs like “Cliche” featuring Ari Lennox and Boogie, he raps about being afraid of commitment because of the uncertainty of it lasting. The questioning of love leads him to be content with having open relationships and not having a title, which we hear in songs like “Love… (Her Fault)” featuring Bryson Tiller and “On Chill” featuring Jeremih. He touches base on being comfortable with enjoying each other’s presence and the intimate moments they have, but not being anything serious.
He raps, “We don’t share our whereabouts or the gossip the hood love/ Just supreme confidence, if we good that’s good enough”
Then in songs like “Expectations” featuring 6lack and “BGM”, he raps on a melody beat about the challenges one goes through of being in the limelight, women body shaming themselves and women empowerment. Wale raps about how difficult it might be for Black women to not be paid the same amount as a White man would, but understanding that the women’s hard work makes them beautiful.
Wale Raps, “Head high, you is under nobody/ Sometimes it be really so hard for ya/ White boy, paid more, same job as you”
Wow… That’s Crazy is another one of Wale’s timeless albums that speaks to everyone in any type of situation. By just listening to this album it’s noticeable that he took his time to create a relatable album that brings out life challenges and complications. The album can be found on all platforms, make sure to check it out.