• Antonia Robinson

Wale Hints At Final Album And Tour At Charlotte Fillmore Show

Updated: Jun 17, 2020

Photo by Antonia Robinson | TTT Media

This past Saturday night, Grammy nominated and DC rapper Wale, was in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the final stop of his, Wow... That’s Crazy Tour at the Fillmore Charlotte.

The show begun with a serenade to the ladies with the platinum, Grammy nominated hit single, “Lotus Flower Bomb,” ft Miguel, along with favorites like “The Matrimony” ft Usher, and his rendition of Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T.”. This undoubtedly provided the perfect climax to the most romantic weekend of the year.

Before moving into favorites from his most recent album, the MMG emcee blazed through a few of his early hits to service day one fans in the venue. From crowd favorites like Waka Flocka’s, “No Hands”, which features Wale alongside Roscoe Dash, to records such as “90210” and “Beautiful Bliss” from his 2009 debut album, Attention Deficient. A quick nod was given to the home state hero J. Cole on "Beautiful Bliss, who alongside Melanie Fiona, featured on the soulful record.

As the show progressed, the DC native transitioned into performing album cuts from Wow... Thats Crazy, which most fans in the building were anitcipating. Given his Nigerian roots and growing up in Washington DC, Wale has always been unapologetically black in his work, and this unfiltered love of his culture spilled into the ever-powerful intro to the album, “Sue Me”, aided by the iconic Kelly Price and her heavenly vocal runs. The mere choice of having Price featured on the record is a declaration of endorsement and endearment to the black creatives, innovators, businessmen, and most importantly, black women.

It wouldn’t be a Wale album without an ode to his cherished black queens, and as he performed Wow… That’s Crazy’s anthem to the queens, “BGM (Black Girl Magic)”, the ladies proudly belted out the lyrics in the Fillmore.

Wale tested the crowd’s album knowledge with more album cuts and they proceeded to pass with flying colors. Fans enthusiastically carried Lil Durk’s verse on the popular “Break My Heart (My Fault)”, along with its chart topping, correspondent response track “Love… (Her Fault)”, featuring Bryson Tiller.

As we sung and recited rhymes word for word on some of our favorite Wale records, little did we know this particular tour stop in Charlotte possibly served as the rapper’s grand finale to his turbulent, yet esteemed career in music. As the show came to a close and the remnants of his latest, “On Chill” feat Jeremiah lingered in the background; Wale gathered remaining fans in an intimate moment to reveal that this could very well be his last album and tour.

Amongst the dismay of fans, Wale reassured that he would still put out music, as it has and will always be his passion.

To his fans, this may come as no surprise as Wale has always been vocal about the lack of praise and respect his musical career has gotten thus far. Wow… That’s Crazy serves as a statement to his peers, fans and most importantly the naysayers, that he has in fact made his mark on hip hop, black culture and fashion, and is no longer in the never-ending search for industry validations.

It’s hard to gauge if Wale will stick to his guns and not release another studio album. However, the rapper has also expressed his desire to be able to fully raise his daughter Zyla Moon, who also made the sweetest special guest appearance mid show.

No matter which direction he chooses, it’s important to note that Wale’s contribution to music will stand the test of time as it has mended many hearts while also providing a necessary poetic justice to many in this new hip hop era.

Antonia Robinson is a staff writer at TTT Media, where she covers music, art, and culture. Connect on her Twitter and Instagram


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