Wale Samples Rihanna’s Goods

Wale and Rihanna

Rihanna is quickly becoming hip-hop’s most in-demand feature. After her recent appearances on Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” and in Kanye West’s video for “Paranoid,” the singer is now getting her first rap sample.

Wale samples Rihanna’s “Question Existing” on “Contemplate,” one of the tracks off his debut album Attention: Deficit. The song was produced by Syience, the man behind Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s “Hollywood” and John Legend’s “Take Me Away.”

The deep and dark record finds the D.C. native contemplating his place in hip-hop. He asks himself, “Am I doing this for them or me?” while name-checking everyone from Courtney Love to River Phoenix.

“Who am I living for?/ Is this my limit?/ Can I endure some more?” Rihanna sings on the hook, which originally appeared on her 2007 album Good Girl Gone Bad. She may re-record her vocals before Wale’s album drops this fall.

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16 Comments

  1. Joey

    I Love Question Existing, so this track will end up pretty good.

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  2. i love ciara

    i have her first 2 albums and don’t recall this song

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  3. i love ciara

    **listens** maybe i just always skipped the song

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  4. eddie

    cuz this song is from good girl gone bad.
    so u cant find it.

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  5. DJ Triumph

    sound like a good track.

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  6. i love ciara

    oh okay. i haven’t picked up that one

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  7. Kyle

    wow, good for her. I always really enjoyed this song. A lot of people said this was one of the disposable tracks off GGGB, but this was one of my favorite songs.

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  8. hellyehss

    i agree with Kyle – this song was really good. i think it was absolutely essential in rounding out gggb otherwise it might not have had the light and dark, and an album needs that to be a full experience. Look at Doll Domination – not enough deeper stuff, coulda used some Question Existing.

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  9. bass_man

    hey, that’s pretty cool

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  10. AntBoogie

    Wale has been my favortie rapper for a little over a year and then he’s gonna sample the only song I liked on “Good Girl Gone Bad.” That’s what’s up. Can’t wait for A.D.

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  11. joey

    i think this will be hot. i think good girl gone bad and a girl like me were great albums

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  12. tj

    question existing is a deep, relaxing song. one of my favorites from gggb. im not sure what wale can bring to it; but we’ll see.

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  13. Bekksie

    I agree with Kyle and hellyehss. Question Existing is one of the best and deepest trax on GGGB, so this will be a HOT remix!

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