Sue Me Love & Loyalty (feat. Mannywellz) Clich (feat. Ari Lennox & Boogie) Expectations (feat. 6LACK) BGM Love… (Her Fault) [feat. Bryson Tiller] On Chill (feat. Jeremih) Routine Love Me Nina / Semiautomatic Break My Heart (My Fault) [feat. Lil Durk] Debbie 50 In Da Safe Set You Free (feat. Kelly Price) Black Bonnie (feat. Jacquees) Poledancer (feat. Megan Thee Stallion)

The title phrase of Wales sixth studio album, Wow Thats Crazy, exists mostly in common parlance as conversational placeholder. We often hear it delivered by someone on the receiving end of an elaborate story, buying time to process what theyre hearing or to formulate a more insightful response. In the case of Wales Wow Thats Crazy, the DC rapper is opening up about his worldview and some things in it that have been weighing on him, in a way likely to leave listeners in need of a second to process.

The album opens with Sue Me, on which the rapper grapples with his presence in the entertainment matrix. Sue me, Im rooting for everybody thats black, he admits. There are a number of references to his vantage point hereas it refers to the black experience specifically, including odes to black women (BGM, Black Bonnie) as well as ruminations on his responsibility as a young leader. We just want to be black and legendary/Be us and be proud by any means necessary, he raps on Love Me Nina / Semiautomatic. On the 6LACK collaboration Expectations, he raps, Black man in therapy/Cause white terror dont sleep/I got to roll up my leaf/Might stop the PTSD.

Another theme of Wow Thats Crazy is the complexity of the modern relationshipone familiar to Wale fans. The Jeremih-assisted On Chill finds him begging for a reprieve from a relationships fighting, while Set You Free has the rapper taking responsibility for his missteps within a partnership. Theres also the Lil Durk collaboration Break My Heart, which gives us a rare glimpse into the guesting Chicago MCs softer side. In addition to the aforementioned guests, Wow Thats Crazy features Ari Lennox, Meek Mill, Jacquees, and Megan Thee Stallion (among others), who all do their part to help the MC tell a story that fans can take their time with.

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