Wale was a guest on Everyday Struggle and talked face-to-face with DJ Akademiks and Joe Budden.
Among the many topics covered in the hour-long conversation was the chart performance of Wale‘s latest album Shine. Mr. Folarin treated fans to the album a week before its planned release date, but even that didn’t seem to help build awareness for the project. Shine‘s first-week numbers came in a dismal 28,000 equivalent album units sold. But, Wale‘s perspective on the album is different from what those numbers reflect. In fact, he says he feels that he’s the freest he’s ever been in his career.
“This album is the epitome of me listening to my fans,” says Wale, suggesting he made the album that his fans wanted to hear. “I’ve been touring for seven years. I’ve never experienced the reception that I’m getting from this album, on my tours, in my life.”
He added, that changing management teams and having a daughter also impacted how he was able to promote his lead single “P.Y.T.”
He also spoke on the perceived notion that J. Cole was talking about him on “False Prophets.” If you remember, the night after Cole dropped the song, Wale posted a video of them together, sitting courtside at a basketball game. Wale also followed up with his own song “Groundhog Day” saying “I am no false prophet.”
“Of course I’ve been bitter,” said Wale. “Because I feel like, and still feel like, I don’t get the support from a lot of the media … I’ve got a consistent track record of making hits. I think any artist that’s performed at that rate, some things should be a little bit easier to accomplish. If I’m just coming off of a gold album with a double-platinum single, why can’t I get a good feature in this magazine or that magazine?”
Watch the entire interview below.