News: Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Tiara Thomas & More Help Wale Fill "Gifted"

Thursday, May 23, 2013 10:55PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

A week after Wale unveiled the cover art for his upcoming The Gifted album, the Maybach Music Group rapper has taken things up a notch by unleashing the project's star-studded tracklisting.

The Washington, D.C. native tags along his Maybach pal Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz for the musical joyride.

1. The Curse of the Gifted 2. LoveHate Thing feat. Sam Dew 3. Sunshine 4. Heavin In the Afternoon feat. Meek Mill 5. Golden Salvation (Jesus Piece) 6. Vanity 7. Gullible 8. Bricks 9. Clappers feat. Nicki Minaj & Juicy J 10. Bad (Remix) feat. Rihanna 11. Tired of Dreaming 12. Rotation feat. Wiz Khalifa & 2 Chainz 13. Simple Man 14. 88 15. Black Heroes 16. Bad feat. Tiara Thomas) (The Gifted)

Last week, the project's artwork, courtesy of renowned tattoo artist, Mister Cartoon surfaced online.

As he gets closer to the release of his third album The Gifted on June 25, Wale unveils the artwork. The Maybach Music rapper illustrates the different aspects that make up his life including his hometown of D.C., money, women, and faith. A stone bust of his face appears on the cover, designed by tattoo artist Mister Cartoon. (Rap-Up)

Wale recently admitted he planned to name the LP "The Curse of the Gifted."

"The initial title of the album was 'The Curse of the Gifted.' But there's such a connotation, you might hear the album a certain way if I went with that title. That's the underlying theme of The Gifted is that there's things that come with it. There really might not be anything non-monetary that comes with it because your sanity, you give it up a little bit when you get famous." (The Round Up)

A few months ago, the rapper talked about wanting his music to speak for him.

"I'm not even gonna do all that other stuff. I'ma talk with the music. Until my album drop, until June 25, I'ma talk loud with the music," Wale said, refusing to give any summations of his upcoming LP. "I've done everything I could do, I've said everything I could say. I've kissed the babies, I've shook the hands -- now let's let the music talk because I ain't about to come here and tell y'all exactly how I feel no more. I'ma let it all sing in the music," he huffed. (MTV)

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