With D.C. rapper Wale’s Folarin mixtape now out, fans of the Maybach Music Group emcee will be granted a little more insight into the project thanks to the second installment in Peter Rosenberg’s Folarin interview.
In the second part of Rosenberg’s interview, Wale addressed MMG’s involvement with his newly-released mixtape and shared that his career isn’t “defined” by his label.
“Ross don’t want our careers to be defined upon MMG. And more importantly, I don’t want my career to be defined by MMG,” Wale explained. “When you latching on and you holding on for dear life you ain’t gonna want it. Meek is my man. I ain’t gonna lie, me and Meek fought with other niggas in the street before MMG…I say that to say that my relationship with Meek is not defined by MMG. My music with Meek is not defined by MMG. My music period is not defined through MMG. It’s a vehicle and Ross wanted it to be a vehicle.”
During his chat with Rosenberg, Wale was also joined by producer Clark Kent who spoke on the DMV representer’s progression as an artist. The producer specifically spoke on Wale’s transition from an emcee to a rapper.
“I come from the beginning of rap. I saw it start. So when I think somebody can rhyme it’s because of the actual lyrical ability. I define emceeing differently than being a rapper,” said Clark Kent. “Rick Ross is an amazing rapper. Wale is an emcee first, who became a rapper because of the songs that he made. [They] took him to become a rapper. But he started off as an emcee.”
Folarin was released on Christmas Eve and features appearances from 2 Chainz, Scarface, Rick Ross, and more.