Album Review: Wale – “Ambition”

Posted by Quake On November 2, 2011 19 COMMENTS

Here’s another Album Review this time on MMG’s very own Wale, his debut MMG album “Ambition” is finally out and it’s time to see if the hype around lives up to the album.

1. “Don’t Hold Your Applause” – This is a nice intro to the album, the production is okay. I felt the hook could have been better and the topics he is rapping on is dope and overall is a pretty good start to the album.

2. “Double M Genius” – This track didn’t really stand out to me at all. The production I didn’t like at all, The hook wasn’t good and the subject matter doesn’t connect with me at all.

3. “Miami Nights” – This is a feel good track and the second I heard this song it reminded me of the first two tracks. His flow is repetitive too, Same subject matter, I like the hook though.

4. “Legendary” – Here’s another track that sounds the same to me, I think Wale’s beat selection sucks. I like on this track that he sort of switches up his flow and that makes this track more interesting to listen to, but other then that another decent track.

5. “Lotus Flower Bomb” feat. Miguel – This track is smooth, but doesn’t sound like it’s a hit to me at all, just another ATTEMPT at a hit record which is a bad look for Wale. I think he should just stick to his own style and not try to become something he’s not. Miguel was okay, wasn’t feeling the hook, production is pretty good on this one.

6. “Chain Music” – This track is pretty hot, I like the production. I like the Rick Ross sample, but the hook is alright. Wale did his thing on the verses too, Overall pretty good.

7. “Focused” feat. KiD CuDi – Now this is one of the best tracks off the album. I’m glad Wale and Kid Cudi ended they’re so called “Beef” because we got an amazing track out of it. The production is amazing, Kid Cudi killed the hook, Wale killed the verses, this song is definitely the stand out track on the album.

8. “Sabotage” feat. Lloyd – Nothing much to say about this track. Not feeling the production, I like Wale’s verses and well Lloyd didn’t really do that well on the hook in my opinion.

9. “White Linen (Coolin)” feat. Ne-Yo – I like the production on this track, Wale raps the same on most tracks which is now getting annoying. Ne-Yo killed the hook and I feel like if they push this track it can be a hit.

10. “Slight Work” feat. Big Sean – Not feeling the production and hook on this track at all. I expected this joint to be hot just because it has a good feature on it with Big Sean. Big Sean did not disappoint though he did kill it and I enjoyed his verse.

11. “Ambition” feat. Meek Mill & Rick Ross – Now this track is definitely the best track on the album. I love the production on it and the hook is beyond on point. Now what really is dope about this track is the subject matter, I like how they were talking about when they use to be broke and how they had to push drugs just to make it through the day. I felt like Rozay had the best verse, but Meek Mill killed it too and well Wale he did his thing. If he would have had more tracks like this on the album then it would have been a certified hit album.

12. “Illest Bitch” – This track wasn’t that good to me, didn’t stand out a lot. I like the hook, the production was okay. Wale’s verse’s is what made this track stand out a little more other then that it wouldn’t have been anything special.

13. “No Days Off” – This track is dope, I like the hook, the production is on point too.

14. “DC or Nothing” – This track is to hold it down for his city. I felt like he did accomplish that with this track, the production was okay and had a rock feel to it which I’m not a fan of. But Wale’s verse’s were raw which I always like and the hook is dope. Overall, I commend Wale for making this track.

15. “That Way” feat. Jeremih & Rick Ross – This track is dope and I’m glad Wale chose this track as a single for the album. The production is simple and doesn’t need much to it. Jeremih killed the hook, Wale killed his verse’s and boss man Rozay did his thing like always.

Now for the overall view on the album. I’m going to do things a little different this time, I’m going to list 2 bad things about the album and two positive things about the album and then give an overall score.

+ The album didn’t have much features, which is rare to find in an album nowadays and I felt that Wale deserves respect for not counting on other rappers to make his album hot.

+ Wale delivered on his verse’s most of the time and his topic choices for rapping is good.

- Wale had a repetitive type of flow that annoyed me most of the time, I felt like he could have changed that and his production choice was bad because I heard some of the same beats on some tracks which made it more repetitive. 

- Removing hot tracks from the album that were intended for the album from the beginning like “Bad Girls Club”. 

Overall Score:

7.5/10

  • da fuck

    lololol this is a shit review, you might as well stop reviewing albums because there trash. God this is just awful.

    • Bob

      ? Meanie? No i love DHH reviews its not some meat head saying its good or not. Love the song by song review wanna see a more depth just like hook beat verses and like something else in every review of song.

  • peejay

    deserved a lower score then that in my opinion.

    • Bob

      lol yea wasent good much much much lower than that

  • YOUR BO$$

    i like wale, he’s a good rapper. but this album sucked ass yo. 4 at the most. focused and ambition which was dope. i wannid to see bad girls club on there.. mmg ruined the homie

    • Bob

      Agreed if messed wit Bad Girl Club for awhile. MMG ruined him truely. Ty! Lol 4 is bout fair?

  • Bob

    Yea 1st 4 tracks all got that cheap beat feel. That idk where he was going. All bout the same. He had some great verses but annoying hooks and just the same thing 4 times? eh?

    Lotus Flower Bomb i dont even wanna touch it just gonna say its stupid.
    Chain was cute idk a must listen idk about must DL

    Focused was a must DL i like this song. Cudi needed a verse or a extended hook? Wit like 8 bars? Idk lol but great song!

    Sabotage i liked the other Wale and Lloyd song way more! Was amazing! Stuck wit for awhile and this is lame. Idk that song shoulda been a single vid and on this.

    Coolin idk! Production was good, Lol Neyo songs like Mary J and dude makeing noises in back ground sounds like young Joc lol.

    Work It must listen prolly a high DL, Yea i agree didn’t like Hook and Beat if u listen to Instrumental you’d say it was a gay club techno song so its gay lol sorry.

    Ambition was good lol saying that the cops verse was the best is kinda funny? Ha best lie maybe? Meek’s verse was really good. Best track? Idk yet Focused is my fav Cudi and beat are just soooo goood! So great of song.

    Illest Bitch lol umm ill song in bad way sucks or just stupid, No Days off hated it beat and voice why he wanna sound like hes comeing through radio? He borrow ross cop car and yelled his verse?

    DC was a filler song cause no rapper wants to get called some one who doesnt put on for his city so was a filler as u say wit Jeezy and Kanye lol theres a market for your city. Was a major label sell out moment. Not that he did it. that understand able but how was a lame felt rushed or didnt try song.

    That Way idk i dont care for fruity songs so idk?

    A ok album? Nothing amazing not a must or even buy it. 1st album was way better! Wale kinda got either main stream or just try hard mode since MMG and dont like.

    And i was a Wale a fan heard the 1st album liked him so i didnt know comeing into it then kinda got let down? From a someone who thought he had a shot at a decent album. the 6-9 Area for album of the year maybe? Just cause been slow till this point?

  • Johnny

    OK ive liked wale over a few years..not so much off of his 1st album but u guys are stupid, this album is nothing lower than an 8.5 at the least. You obviously dont like transverse styles u just like hearing stupid lil wayne singing like a dying cat. Wale is a poet and he says it all the time if u listen to the lyrical content and stop trying to think of it as a terrible rapper you would see it in a better light. This is THE only rap album since the carter 3 which could be played without having to skip any songs. P.S U guys are gay for not liking White linen and Lotus Flower Bomb…Thats the stuff where you get your girl, and make smooth love to her off of these songs..fools

    • Bob

      Wait u like Wale but not the 1st album? Dam then u must like his peotry then? thats fine but i loved his 1st album was sooo good so fresh and new. but its a 4ish lol not 8.5. Lol dying cat haha! Good one haha. I like love lyrics but annoying beats that r just sound and he dont really switch up da flow.

      Nooooo way haha this isnt even a top 5 album this year and unskipable album? Lol wow. this isnt even Rap album? I wouldent call it a rap album? Lol no dude sorry never that. .

      PS ur gay. No those songs are gay. Ur gay there gay! Theres better songs to get witcha girl

  • JJ

    this album is dope!! right behind Cole World for hip hop album of the year. Only really awful song is Slight Work. Bad Girls club should have been on it tho

    • Bob

      Yea i agree prolly 2nd best hip hop album. 7-9 for rap album of the year. Lol forgot J Coles album. But this isnt that great but eh? idk

  • Chris Diaz

    Wale belongs in good music mmg took his poetry and gave him rozays flow come on wale; i expected more.

    • Bob

      Yea i agree he needs to Good Music. woulda been a great fit. instead of MMG everyone thinks there gangsters

  • RealRecognizeReal

    @Johnny No I agree with Bob. This album does not deserve more than a 6.5 not even. Only a few songs on here are good to be honest and I’m a Wale fan. But what you said about an album that doesn’t have to be skipped is J. Cole’s album. That joint was on point…

    • Bob

      Lol yay someone actully agrees haha! Ty. Yea i was a wale fan maybe if ur not a wale fan ull like it but his 1st album was really good! Dorrough and Wale had amazing 1st albums. And Wale has been eh since? Lol J Cole album idk i didnt care for it? 5 or so tracks where good album was good not great but was good.

  • Bob

    Quake seriously do more reviews? Plz? Lol there good? Just do like beat hook lyrics and overall as bullet points for each album make sure u cover every song idk? Also Pusha T! New EP fuckn dope! Dam lol its really really really good! Idk where ima rank it prolly 6 better than Wale’s album easily lol.

    Also can u do a all 6s and 7s review before the album of the decade drops? or to late?

    • http://www.DiverseHipHop.com Quake

      Glad you like them bro, and nah can’t do the all 6′s and 7′s…it’s too late for me to do that, I’ll do one for the new album though.

      • Bob

        Dang ok, ok thanks. Best album ive heard since the G Unit albums, better than HFM2 is just a godly album,

  • Elton

    Eyal..WALE IS THA B0MB..de album review jzt suckz..i’d gv tha album a 9…i grew up wit ma niGGah Wale..so i shw hm str0ng niGGah l0v…huz wit m on dis1? Huh? Hala at me yal on bhoni77@gmail.com..