By Nadeska Alexis
Back in February Wale inked a lucrative deal with Rick Ross’ Maybach Music label and since then the D.C. rapper has been counting down until the release of his sophomore album Ambition, dropping on November 1. This Wednesday at 4 p.m. Wale will join Sway on “RapFix Live” to give fans some insight on his state-of-mind, 24 hours after the project’s official release.
In anticipation of the album’s debut, Wale has already rolled out the singles “Slight Work” featuring Big Sean and the title track “Ambition,” which features his MMG cohorts Rick Ross and Meek Mill. One of the most buzzed about collaborations, however, is the Kid Cudi-featured “Focused,” which caused a splash thanks to a very public falling out between the two rappers last year and an equally public reconciliation earlier this year.
During his recent Road to Release series on MTV2’s "Sucker Free", Wale revealed that he was much more selective about features this time around, including just about half the amount of guests who appeared on his debut Attention: Deficit.
Attention: Deficit debuted in November 2009—with features from Lady Gaga, Bun B, Gucci Mane and Pharrell—to a lukewarm reception. Some of the album’s lackluster performance on the charts was attributed to under shipment from Wale’s former label Interscope Records.
Not one to be deterred, Wale followed up with the August 2010 mixtape More About Nothing, which became a trending topic on Twitter. This year, he scored a major hit with the single “600 Benz” from Maybach Music’s Self-Made Vol. 1 album and he dropped another popular mixtape The Eleven One Eleven Theory in August.
Tune into “RapFix Live” this week to hear what Wale has to say about his journey to Ambition. Tweet your questions for Wale to @MTVNews with the hashtag #RapFixLive.