Wale's Intricate Vegeta Complex (The Desire for Greatness)
The Wicked Wordplay 'Le is back y'all and shit's getting complicated.
What's more complicated then Wale's music career? I'll tell you what, his "questionable" status among his rap peers when he knows he is effortlessly leagues ahead of said peers in lyricism and creative content. The world needs to celebrate Wale. Wale has been a star since his entry way "Nike Boots" and his critically acclaimed seinfield themed "Nothing" series.
With numerous gold and platinum records under his belt what else is left for Mr. Folarin to achieve? Well the thing is, he's in it for far more than a few plaques and a occasional mentions of greatness. The talented Mr. Folarin needs more than that, he has an undying desire to be the best there ever is was or will be, quite honestly. Wale is very aware of his talents, skills and potential and he KNOWS if there was a lyricism royal rumble he has the capabilities to be the last man standing. Wale is the last true post left, not to be confused with the last poets music group but he is actually a lyrical lunatic rivaling that of Kendrick, Slaughterhouse and maybe even holding his with Royce or Phonte for that matter. So what's the rap world's beef with Wale? He deserves more credit than what has been given, that's for sure. Wale passion for greatness is very reminiscent of a notorious anime character. Wale is Vegeta (DBZ) of Rap.
The boastful attitude and at times brash demeanor causes the masses to over look the hardworking behaviors he exhibits. Wale, like Vegeta should be considered one of the best but unfortunately due to storyline is constantly overlooked. What benefits Wale is his list of solid mixtapes and albums, but unfortunately the rap world believes in a "what have you done for me lately" way of life. The rap community has amnesia when it comes to talented artists until of course, there is a recent release date to follow their name. Drake and Kendrick (whom i consider the Goku(DBZ) + Jiren(DBS), respectively) are favorites because they are always featured on records or in the process of releasing something new. J.Cole, if anyone would be the Future Trunks of it all, not in the literally sense (regarding the father son relationship w/ Vegeta) but more so as an occasional guest on the show/rap arena that everyone loves but isn't around nearly enough to be hated or viewed as inconsistent.
Wale proves he has the abilities to remain top tier but most time only shows it when he is cornered or feels slighted, meaning he needs to prove it, similar to a saiyan being pushed to the brink of death. The song below is "Folarin Like" which released after a supposed J.Cole slight or diss in which Wale came out swinging lyrically of course.
Hmm that actually makes a lot of sense....
So what's my fixation with this Wale and Vegeta comparison? Well truthfully, I love rap music and I value great music. Ratings are good but if we judged today's rap how we judged previous eras of music Wale off of sheer personality + talent would be an A lister hands down. I would go as far as comparing to Tupac or Kanye in some regards. But to keep it within arms reach, I can safely say no character/rapper is more polarizing and screen grabbing than Wale in the rap realm or Vegeta within the Dragonball series. When they're on, no one can take them off there A game. Sometimes I wonder why people hate on Wale but love Kanye? Actually I get it, people love Kim K. so are in a sense forced to love Kanye (especially after the kids) but in essence the passion is the same. Wale like Vegeta doesn't fuck with fakery in either of their professions. Where as a Goku or (name your favorite rapper) are more likely to entertain it to be nice or considerate. Wale and Vegeta, the way I see it are similar in these regards. Both are more polished versions of the character introduced in their debut, respectively. Take that shit with a grain of salt.
Wale recently released a street single called "Staying Power" (see video below) which means he has endurance, vitality, backbone, resilence and fortitude. No matter the situation he's not going any where unless its on his own terms. Doesn't this sound like someone youk now?
If you think of how many times Vegeta had a set back or a roadblock and yet one way or another he still managed to make things happen for himself despite living in goku's shadow. Wale story is the same except he deals with label problems, being a lyricist and poet in a chorus heavy rap world, and out times being outcastrd by his peers. Despite these setbacks his talents still outlasted any one in his class out side of J.Cole and Drake (there's that staying power again). Wale's talent will always be great but what is frequently over looked is his passion and relentless determination. Dom Kennedy once said "The man with the most isn't always in the front" and that falls true for Wale.
Wale recently released a new EP called It's Complicated, and it shows his vast skill set and also new found focus. That focus is being who you are under all circumstances, through good and bad, ups and downs. This tape represent Wale embracing his gifts being a poet, and doing poetic justice. You may not be the top selling artist but you have a fan base of people who have the same sense of pride, character and way of life you do. And all we know how to do is push our selves to keep getting better and better everyday. Exactly like Vegeta would. So thank you for being determined and strong willed. If I could leave Wale any message it would be to keep being Vegeta, there is no show without your dynamic personality, character traits, skill set and likeability, major or indie you are the life of the party.
Live your truth Wale, Nobody fucking with you lyrically, poetically, or energetically. No matter what niggas is saiyan.
Wiser niggas only strive in a time of stress - Phonte