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Wale Shares Details About Upcoming Album, Shine


Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Atlantic RecordsxAfter teasing new music during Austin’s SXSW festival on Tuesday, Wale is spilling new details on his next album, titled Shine.

“It’s a little bit more melody and s*** ’cause I been on some, like, I don’t want to call nobody to do my hooks no more,” he tells Billboard after his performance of a new song, called “Pretty Young Thing.”

He adds, “I want to do it myself but just as an evolution as an artist.”

In addition to his own recordings, Wale revealed he sometimes pens material other artists, but then keeps it for himself.  “I’m also writing for other artists so sometimes I may sing a song I wrote for somebody and I’ll be like, ‘Eh I like it. It’s me.’ even if it may not be performance good,” he said without offering specific names.

Wale adds that he’s taking notes from Lil Wayne. “Lil Wayne said something in an interview where he’s like, ‘Yo I want to be the best at everything.’ or like, ‘I want to be a great rapper but if I write a song, it may not be the best vocally but I wrote it and you’ll get what I’m saying.’,” he explained. “I’m conveying the emotion so that’s what I’m trying to do currently with this new s***.”

Shine will follow last year’s The Album About Nothing, which became Wale’s second number-one album on the Billboard 200 chart.

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