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Wale Shares Nostalgic New Song '09 Folarin'

The Nigerian-American rapper drops another single in the lead-up to his forthcoming album.

Nigerian-American rapper, Wale is currently readying the release of his sixth studio album by dropping a new song every week this month, which he announces through Twitter.

This week, the artist takes us back with his latest track "09 Wale," a jazzy, horn-filled tune, reminiscent of his early mixtape days. And much like his early days in the game, the rapper can be heard flexing his lyrical dexterity and swift flow.

Previously, the MC dropped the songs "Gemini" and "Daylight."


READ: Wale: "I Look at Myself as a Black Man in America, But as a Nigerian First"

Wale dropped his last album Shine in 2017, which featured the likes of Wizkid, Davido, Olamide and more. He also featured on South African artist Kwesta's memorable single "Spirit" the same year. In between he's dropped smaller projects, like the 2018 EP Free Lunch.

OkayAfrica spoke with the rapper last year, and he discussed his longevity in the rap game, his musical influences, working with fellow Nigerian artists and tapping into his culture. "As rappers, you are who you are. That's pretty much self-explanatory. Both my parents are Nigerian. I grew up in a household of Nigerian culture. I look at myself as a black man in America, but as a Nigerian first. 'Cause that's my blood, I'm 100% Nigerian."

Listen to "09 Folarin" below.

09 FOLARIN www.youtube.com


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