Wale Channels Nas & Shows Other MCs What He’s Really Like (Audio & Video)

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UPDATE: Less than two days after releasing “Folarin Like” in audio, Wale drops the black-and-white video. Simplistic in its presentation, this may mark a return to early strides for the DMV star:

Just a few days after releasing a response to J. Cole’s “False Prophets,” Wale has emerged with a new freestyle. It arrives on the heels of “Groundhog Day,” a Jake-One produced loosie in which the Washington, D.C. rapper addresses his longtime collaborator and friend. However, it seems it’s all love between the two MCs, as they were spotted attending the North Carolina State basketball game together. Nevertheless, it seems Wale’s in the zone at the moment, and he has opted to pull inspiration from some classic Nas heat on today’s (December 6) release.

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“Folarin Like” features the DJ Premier-produced “Nas Is Like” beat and some big-body bars from Wale, who’s out to prove his abilities over other MCs in his class. “It’s embarrassin’, and there’s literally no comparison/that’s like comparin’ Yogi Berra and Yogi Ferrell/’N’ I’m the coldest poet, they never show it/I show up like the fucking bear from Revenant,” he boasts. He also addresses his relatively low profile of late, as well as those who criticize his mental health. “Notice I don’t hang with n****s much in this industry, been this way/N****s be hatin’, wastin’ my energy/Then they say ‘maybe Folarin’ is just a mental case, that’s not the case/I just confide in cases of Hennessy.”

Elsewhere in the freestyle, Wale makes note of his new life as a father, something which has rightfully taken up much of his time. But with two new, aggressive releases in the span of just a few days, it seems reasonable to expect a new project from Wale in 2017.