Wale is bringing some major star power to his third album The Gifted. The Maybach Music rapper has called on superstars including Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, and more.
During a private listening for journalists in New York last week, the D.C. native previewed some of the star-studded follow-up to 2011’s Ambition.
Rihanna guests on the remix to the first single “Bad.” “Bad girls always end up unapologetic,” raps Wale, while Rihanna replaces Tiara Thomas on the hook. “She injects this crazy/beautiful combination of sadness and sexiness that only Rih can do,” writes Rolling Stone.
Wale heads to the strip club on “Clappers” featuring Nicki Minaj and Juicy J. Young Money’s First Lady plays the role of a pimp on the bouncy banger, which samples E.U.’s “Da Butt.”
On “Rotation,” Wale boasts with his friends 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa. “Made millions with Shawn Corey,” raps the Roc Nation-managed MC in reference to Jay-Z. “I won’t be on til I see Sean Combs.”
Other collaborations include Meek Mill (“Heaven in the Afternoon”), YG and Dom Kennedy (“Hella”), and Rick Ross. The Gifted is due June 25.