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The title of Wale’s sophomore album pretty much says it all—these songs are dripping with swagger and self-assertion, justified by the D.C. rapper’s relentless flow and brazen attitude. Released by the Maybach Music label of Miami mastermind Rick Ross, Ambition doesn’t take Wale away from his underground past so much as kick him up to the next level. Part of the album’s positive glow comes from the involvement of A-list collaborators—DJ Toomp cranks up the party quotient on “Legendary,” and Big Sean dives into the mix on “Slight Work.” For his part, Wale believably asserts himself as a man on the rise, shrugging off past triumphs while daring all comers to take him on. “Don’t Hold Your Applause” and the title track (featuring Ross and Meek Mill) combine gangsta cool with a seething inner desperation. Stretching Ambition’s boundaries are “Miami Nights” (a salute to Ross’ home base, spiced with smoldering horns), “Lotus Flower Bomb” (an intoxicating slow jam with an erotic kick), and “Illest B****” (an affectionate salute to the ladies in his life).

Customer Reviews


i really appriciate that the homie from the DMV is puttn passion in his music! AMBITION IS CLASSIC

Stuck to his roots

I was skeptical when he join up with Rick Ross but he didnt disappoint on this. Mad respect for this but i do wish he had a couple more deep tracks sort of how j cole evened his album out. Dc or Nothing had some deepness to it though


This is an amazing album! Great verses and everything! Just amazing!


Born: November 21, 1984 in Washington, D.C.

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The self-proclaimed "Ambassador of Rap for the Capital," Wale (pronounced "wah-lay") was able to transcend his local sensation status and become a national rap contender using go-go-inspired hip-hop as the vehicle for his clever wordplay and music. Olubowale Victor Akintimehin was born in Washington, D.C. in 1984 to Nigerian immigrants who first arrived in America five years prior. Although the family moved to Maryland when the future rapper was ten years old, Wale was mostly raised in suburban D.C....
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