Popular American Based rapper of Nigerian descent, Wale, real name Olubowale Victor Akintimehin is bring his roots with him on his new album, titled “Shine“.
Wale has been accused in the past for allegedly ignoring his Nigeria music brothers in the States any time they run into him, this has put lots of question marks on his commitment and association with his original roots and the masses also wondered why that has to happen when it is clear that everything about him point back to Nigeria though he found fame and success in another man’s land but Blacks there are constantly being linked to their roots in Africa.
The accusation might have ignited a sense of ‘where I Belong’ in the rapper when he made a u-turn and visited Nigeria in 2015, he documented his time there having good time and connecting with his family bringing back memories of love and unity.
He has gone further to tighten his relationship with most Nigerian artists by constantly creating a bond that they can ride on for long, he has been spotted in the past with music mogul, Don Jazzy, Wizkid, Davido, Olamide etc.
On the “Shine” album, he brought Davido and Olamide on “Fine Girl“, a title which has more relation to the Nigerian music style and the rhythm has the afro-pop vibes to it showing he has not abandon his roots and want to connect more. It didn’t end there, he went for the services of another big name Nigerian superstar, Wizkid on “My Love“. Perhaps this approach by Wale is not only to build a link with his roots but also penetrate the Africa market on a larger scale knowing vividly that these three are among the continent’s most patronized and bankable musicians.
Take a look at his album cover art and track-list below:
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