Maybach Music Group rapper Wale will treat fans to some tunes to keep their summer sizzling by announcing plans to drop his third solo effort in late June.
According to the Washington, D.C. native, the LP will be called The Gifted.
This afternoon on Twitter, hometown hip-hop star Wale announced that his third studio album will be titled The Gifted, and it’s expected to drop June 25. No word on whether the title of Wale’s new album was influenced by Nina Simone‘s 1970 song “Young, Gifted, and Black,” but we can speculate. (Washington City Paper)
In early March, Wale hinted at announcing the LP’s title sooner but ultimately fell back.
“So should i push mine back… ill wait till fridday RT @ElliottWilson: Big announcement later today.,” he tweeted Wednesday (March 6).
“Folarin got his release date…. I’mma let y’all know on Friday!” (Wale’s Twitter)
Earlier this month, he suggested a summer release would likely suit his LP.
“I’m dropping my third solo album and then a couple months after that, I’m probably gonna drop the Nothin’ [mixtape] project,” Wale revealed in an interview. “I’m very creative. I’m knee-deep in that joint. It’s kind of like a personal thing. I design my records and the sound a certain way for two different projects. I’m not producing per se, but as far as orchestrating the sound and sequencing on the Nothin’ project. … [The album] will drop in the summer, summertime.” (Power 99 FM)
In January, television mogul Jerry Seinfeld revealed his involvement on Wale’s upcoming About Nothing mixtape project.
“I got the call from Wale and the deejay Omega here,” Jerry says in a video. “They called me to come in. I had to be here. If I’m going to do this, this is the guys I’m going to do it with. And now I did it and that’s it. … Well, Wale called me, he came to my show, we hung out a little bit and he wanted me to do something with him. I didn’t understand it but he did and I kinda liked the guy, I dug the guy. I listen to his music, I like his music. So I said, ‘I’ll do it,’ even though I didn’t know what I was going to do and I said to my wife, ‘I’m doing this thing with this guy, Wale.’ And she said, ‘Wale is my favorite hip-hop artist anywhere. I have every single thing.’ Somehow, she missed anything that had to do with me but has every other cut, everything else he has done.” (YouTube)