Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Internet Gave Us Attention Deficit

If the title wasn't enough to give it away, Olubowale Folarin's first studio album Attention Deficit (due out on Nov. 10th) leaked into the system of tubes we know as the interweb on Halloween. Luckily this was a treat and not a trick unlike the DJ tagged low quality versions of tracks put out previously. On my first listen I really enjoy the extent to which the beats are built with live instruments featuring Wale's Go Go band. The album features a number of excellent collaborations including tracks featuring Bun B, Gucci, J Cole, and K'naan, but none detract from the album's overall focus on Wale. Tracks like Diary and 90210 display Wale's ability as a story-teller. Shades and Contemplate provides a hint that he may have a more interesting sociological imagination than anyone who has been listen to Chillin' for months would previously have suspected.

Props to Andrew Mixter for the hook-up