News: Wale Secures Gucci Mane, Bun B & Neptunes For "Attention Deficit", Tracklisting Released

Thursday, Oct 29, 2009 5:20PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

The tracklisting for Wale's upcoming debut album, Attention Deficit, has landed online and shows guest appearances by Bun B, Gucci Mane, The Neptunes and more.

Aside from rappers, the Washington, DC-based emcee also recruited pop stars like Lady Gaga for the album.

01. Triumph (prod. by Dave Sitek) 02. Mamma Told Me 03. Mirrors (feat. Bun B) (prod. by Mark Ronson) 04. Pretty Girls (feat. Gucci Mane & Weensey of Backyard Band) (prod. by Best Kept Secret) 05. World Tour (feat. Jazmine Sullivan) (prod. by Cool & Dre) 06. Let It Loose (Inhibitions) (feat. Pharrell Williams) (prod. by The Neptunes) 07. 90210 (prod. by Mark Ronson) 08. Shades (feat. Chrisette Michele) (prod. by 9th Wonder) 09. Chillin' (feat. Lady Gaga) (prod. by Cool & Dre) 10. TV In The Radio (feat. K'Naan) (prod. by Dave Sitek) 11. Contemplate (prod. by Syience) 12. Diary (feat. Marsha Ambrosius) 13. Beautiful Bliss (feat. Melanie Fiona & J.Cole) (prod. by DJ Green Lantern & Mark Ronson) 14. Prescription (Nah Right)

The rapper's manager, Rich Kleiman, recently spoke on the project's overall sound.

"Go-go is something Wale is heavily influenced by, but not something he is going to force on people," Kleinman explained in an interview. "Still, the same way he introduced them to go-go, he wants to introduce to his fans all of the other sounds he's been influenced by. Although I wish radio would have embraced the track in a bigger way-and we were disappointed it didn't get to the place on the charts we thought it would-we just wanted to put out the track that felt right now. Wale's the kind of artist that does what he wants when he wants to. That's why the album is titled that way-it's like a focused confusion or an organized mess. People usually think, 'What's good for the brand?' But he isn't that type of artist. He realized he was ready to work with mainstream producers and artists but will never lose the backbone of who he is. And although he wants to be a star, he won't sacrifice his fans for it." (Billboard)

While keeping details to a minimum, Wale recently broke down the essence behind his long-awaited debut.

"The album is done man, dropping November 3," he promised in an interview. "I'm excited about it, we got this tour with Jay-Z and Lupe [Fiasco] that we're about to do. I think the energy is good in hip-hop right now. So I'm excited about that. I think [the album carries] a lot of raw emotion, the kind of emotion that's been missing from hip-hop for a while...[I have] the tour with Jay, we're doing a lot of major colleges. Just get ready for the album on November 3. It's just the tour, that's a lot right there. There's so many dates. It's great, I'm excited about it. I'm just really excited to make new fans on the tour because I've only done headlining tours. We haven't had the opportunity to open for people that much." (Complex)

Wale initially announced his R-O-C association during an interview at last month's Video Music Awards 2009 in New York City.

"[My album] got pushed back because I'm going on tour with the biggest rapper of all-time," he explained in an interview. "I'll let y'all call it, but I'm opening up for him -- the boss. College kids like what we do, so we gonna make sure the college kids is happy." (Rap-Up)

Attention Deficit is now slated to hit stores Tuesday, November 10th.

Check out Wale's "World Tour" collaboration with Jazmine Sullivan below:

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