Wale Drops ‘Ambition’ LP, ‘Bad Girls Club’ Video
Conceived of as either a scathing commentary on crass reality-TV culture or an excellent excuse to hang out in a mansion filled with badly behaved, scantily clad women, the visuals find Wale living it up with fellow rhymers J. Cole — who guests on the track — and his boss Ross.
The three MCs kick it poolside, where two of the feisty females have themselves a cat fight, and then pile into a party bus, where the ladies work a stripper pole and engage in more fisticuffs.
Heavily promoted via social media and an ongoing 32-city tour, ‘Ambition’ pairs Wale with a slew of high-profile collaborators, among them Big Sean, who joins the D.C. rhymer on ‘Slight Work,’ rapping over a sparse Diplo beat. Swallowing their beef, Wale and Kid Cudi team up for ‘Focused,’ a Euro-style synth jam produced by Kore.
Lloyd, meanwhile, sings a giant Michael Jackson-style pop hook on ‘Sabotage,’ not to be confused with the noisy Beastie Boys classic of the same name. Miguel croons the chorus on another key cut, ‘Lotus Flower Bomb,’ on which Wale thanks his lady for taking the time to get dressed up: “I acknowledge your effort.”
That line speaks volumes about the rapper. Having titled his album ‘Ambition’ and worked the record hard, both online and on the road, Wale clearly knows and appreciates hard work when he sees it.
Stream Wale’s sophomore set, ‘Ambition,’ in full below.