Wale gets his SHINE on with the release of his fifth studio album, which arrives a week ahead of schedule.
Pushed up at the last minute, the star-studded 14-track set from the Maybach Music rapper features a diverse roster of collaborators, including Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Major Lazer, WizKid, G-Eazy, J Balvin, and Travis Scott, who guests on the single “Fish n Grits.”
Folarin previously revealed what fans should expect from the follow-up to 2015’s The Album About Nothing. “You’re going to know how nice I am,” he told The FADER. “I’m going to get these songs off. Give me the same opportunity as these pop ni**as. I’m trying to create a feeling. Happy. Sad. Turned up with my friends, with my women. SHINE is trying to describe what sky blue is to a blind person.
“I want you guys to feel like, ‘I always want to play SHINE when I’m going or out or coming from the club or going through a breakup or when I’m talking ’bout who’s the nicest rapper.’ I might fall short,” he added. “But that’s the goal. That that’s feeling I want to give. It should impact how you think about love, your teen years, your late 20s, marriage, your babies. All that. I’m trying to make people feel fly. I’m trying to make people understand my story.”
Following the album’s release, Wale will hit the road on his “Shine Tour,” which is set to kick off May 5 in Atlanta.