Wale drops new track “Freedom of Speech,” announces ‘Folarin’ mixtape

Wale just announced that he’ll be dropping a mixtape titled Folarin (his government name) with super-DJ Clark Kent in December, and as an extra gift, here’s some new music from MMG’s DC representative.

On “Freedom of Speech” Wale takes a political turn, expressing apathy with the system and what it means (or doesn’t mean) for him, over an ’80s sounding disco/boogie backdrop. He begins using a famous skit from Willie Hutch’s The Mack soundtrack (’73), which you might recognise from Dr Dre’s “Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat, and as the track goes on, you begin to think he’s arguing that America’s poorest black communities have been somehow frozen in time.

Whilst I’m not sure that there’s a completely sound rationale behind Wale’s closing statement, “politics just ain’t me” (an opinion which Kendrick Lamar and Lupe Fiasco have also expressed), he paints some vivid and real images on this track, and it’s always nice to hear one of Maybach Music’s members switch up their subject matter and production.

Folarin is slated to drop December 24th.

Listen: Wale – “Freedom Of Speech”