Written by Bryson "Boom" Paul
After protesting on the front lines, Wale couldn’t stay silent. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement on the streets, he hit the studio and quickly recorded a brand new surprise project, The Imperfect Storm. Fittingly, it impacts on Juneteenth—the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It’s available now via Warner Records. Get it HERE.
Among these six tracks, the GRAMMY®-nominated rapper/actor/poet rhymes with a revolutionary spark and his ancestor’s spirit. On the single “June 5th / QueenZnGodZ,” his heartfelt flow burns bright over a beat, punctuated by laidback keys and bass. He confesses, “I try to watch the news, but I’m lashing out” before crying out, “Yo America, tuck your shirt in, your devil is showing.” The powerful, poetic, and politically charged piece spans the intense one-two punch of “MOVIN DIFFERENT” through a liberating finale on “MAAJO.”
Wale enlisted Kenny Huyng (@shadowmoses) for the equally provocative cover art. In the background, protestors assemble in darkness as flames rise from a fallen street sign towards a cloud-covered sky, signaling the oncoming storm.
This week, BET announced that Wale’s #1 single “On Chill” [feat. Jeremih] is nominated for “Best Collaboration.” The 2020 BET Music Awards air on June 28th on BET and CBS.