News: Wale To Maintain Go-Go Sound On "Attention: Deficit" LP

Saturday, Oct 3, 2009 4:30PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Washington, DC-based rapper Wale will embrace his hometown roots by placing a portion of regional go-go music on his upcoming Attention: Deficit debut which drops next month.

According to the rapper's manager, Rich Kleiman, the rap newcomer will also provide fans with a diverse offering of sounds aside from go-go.

"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)

The form of go-go music is known for originating around the Washington, DC area.

Go-Go is a genre of music which evolved in the Washington DC area since the 70's. The 'Godfather of Go-Go' is considered to be Chuck Brown. Other bands early on were Trouble Funk, Rare Essence and Experience Unlimited (EU), The Junkyard band (JYB), the Backyard Band (BYB), and the Uncalled 4 Experience (UCB or UCE) came somewhat later and refined the core of music with CRANK. (Go Go Beat)

While keeping details scarce, the Washington, DC-based emcee 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 3rd.

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

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