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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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Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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