Attention Deficit

Attention Deficit

by WaleWale


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A quick-witted and diverse rapper able to deliver punch lines at breakneck speed, Washington, D.C.'s Wale debuted and then thrived in the underground mixtape world, releasing a handful of well-received full-lengths before getting to work on his official major-label debut. It's the reason why Attention Deficit had a cult following the day it arrived on shelves, but the unexpected advantage to this 21st century style of artist incubation is that the wide variety of producers (Mark Ronson, DJ Green Lantern, Cool & Dre, and others) and guest vocalists (Lady GaGa, Bun B, Gucci Mane, Pharrell, and more) are surprisingly in tune with this "newcomer," all obviously aware of his post-Kanye, post-Lil Wayne, alternative-meets-hardcore style. True to its title, the hyperactive album is filled with grand statements, provocative jokes, and busy productions, and yet, it's an accessible listen first time out, thanks mostly to Wale's natural delivery and quirky sense of humor. Take "Chillin," which crafts an instant floor-filler out of a sample from the '70s hit "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye," guest star Lady GaGa acting as Rihanna to Wale's Jay-Z, plus a string of T-shirt worthy lines, best being "I remain a Giant and you Jeremy Shockey." Elsewhere it's the Nintendo-loving "I would invest in a poncho/'Cause I won't punch out like Glass Joe", but heavier topics like social commentary ("90210"), bittersweet sentimentality ("Diary"), and flat-out joy ("Beautiful Bliss") are all well within this talented rapper's grasp. The biggest complaint has to be that the early single "Nike Boots" is missing, but otherwise, this unique debut does not disappoint.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/10/2009
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602527131610
catalogNumber: 001322902
Rank: 84402

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wale   Primary Artist
Godfather   Keyboards
Victor Axelrod   Piano
Ju-Ju   Keyboards
Tre'   Vocals
Alex Greenwald   Vocals
Dapkings   Horn
Ju Ju   Keyboards
Stephen Breuhaus   Guitar
Dap-Kings   Horn
Ms. Kim   Vocals
Weensey   Vocals
Slunp   Timbales

Technical Credits

Weldon Irvine   Composer
Goodman   Composer
Dr. Dre   Producer
Robert "Kool" Bell   Composer
Ronald Bell   Composer
George "Funky" Brown   Composer
Robert "Spike" Mickens   Composer
Ali Shaheed Muhammad   Composer
Dennis "D.T." Thomas   Composer
Richard Westfield   Composer
Dale Frashuer   Composer
W. Brown   Composer
Gary DeCarlo   Composer
Victor Axelrod   Composer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Malik Taylor   Composer
Ju-Ju   Producer
Harvey Mason   Composer
Alton Taylor   Composer
Kamaal Fareed   Composer
Neptunes   Producer
Yann Tiersen   Composer
Derek Pacuk   Engineer
Tre'   Programming,Horn Director
R. Davis   Composer
Andrew Coleman   Arranger,Engineer
DJ Green Lantern   Producer
Mark Ronson   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Marsha Ambrosius   Composer
David Andrew Sitek   Composer,Producer
Ianthe Zevos   Creation
Stephanie Hsu   Creation
Makeba Riddick   Composer
Jazmine Sullivan   Composer
Rihanna   Composer
Best Kept Secret   Producer
A. Muhammad   Composer
Rich Kleinman   Executive Producer
Matt Bang   Composer
Cool   Producer
Syience   Producer
Chrisette Michele   Composer
Sleepwalkers   Producer
Ju Ju   Producer
Nathanael Cabrera   Art Direction
Lady Gaga   Composer
J. Cole   Composer
Olubowale Akintimehin   Composer
J. Sullivan   Composer
M. Kipper   Composer
T. Price   Composer
Radric Davis   Composer
Andre Lyon   Composer
Best Kept Secret   Producer
A. Muhammad   Composer
Keinan Warsame   Composer
W. Brown   Composer
Thomas Bell   Composer
M. Taylor   Composer
B. Freeman   Composer
Bernard Freeman   Composer
W. Irvine   Composer
Mike Larson   Engineer
Rich Kleiman   Executive Producer
P. Leka   Composer
Nathan Cabrera   Art Direction
Romanelli   Art Direction
Deijon   Composer,Producer
James D'agostino   Composer
Marcello Valenzano   Composer
Claydes Smith   Composer
Reginald Perry   Composer
Craig Balmoris   Composer
Matthew Kipper   Composer
James Guffey   Composer
Tony Price   Composer

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