Wale shared the news of an early release for Shine during a conversation with Genius on Wednesday (April 26). Before revealing the news, he referred to the feat as “something that ain’t never been done.”
“I want to do something that ain’t never been done. I’ma put my album out on Friday, yo. Shine is officially out on Friday. Fuck it,” Wale said after a conversation with Genius’ Head of Artist Relations, Rob Markman.
— Genius (@Genius) April 27, 2017
— Rob Markman (@RobMarkman) April 27, 2017
Despite Wale declaring that the release date has “officially” changed, there is the possibility that Wale jumped the gun on an early release. Shine was initially intended for release next Friday (May 5), and it appears that even the rapper’s label was unaware of his plans to drop the project tomorrow.
Wale reportedly attempted to persuade his label, Atlantic Records, to drop the album early, in an upload he made to Instagram, which was later deleted.
In an Instagram post uploaded earlier today (April 27), which is still present on the rapper’s IG, Wale stated that “If all goes well #SHiNE drops tonight.”
My whole life I chased, I dreamed, I yearned . I wondered why I'm not where I want to be . Maybe I was wrong all along? In the past two years. I've been lied to. I've seen people I made family stab me in the back in broad day lite (we gon see u soon ?). I realized around "ground hog day" maybe there is nothin I can do . I've wrote stories I've made hits I've dropped jewels .. letting go of perception is a process that I've dedicated this round to .Im totally dedicated to the people who understand me right now. I'm tryna focus on the people who TRY to understand me .good and bad .I'm constantly evolving , learning .. I ain't waitin no more. If all goes well #SHiNE drops tonight …
Whether Shine is released this Friday or next week, it will serve as Wale’s fifth studio album. The project was first announced in January 2016, during a pre-show for former President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.
Watch the full stream of Wale’s discussion with Genius below.