Wale Finds 'Heaven in the Afternoon' Inside His Backpack

New track highlights his bumps-heavy 'Folarin' mixtape

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Chris Martins

Wale may have go-go music on the mind these days, but his new Folarin mixtape offers more of the amped-up backpack rap that gave the Washington, D.C. star his name. "This is the second time I'm announcing it, but I'm doing a go-go album after my album," he told Hot 97, via Billboard, of the follow-up to his forthcoming Ambition follow-up, I Ain't Perfect. "It's gonna be me probably rapping only 40 percent on the album." But new song "Heaven in the Afternoon" finds Wale rapping about 90 percent of the time over a mix of sampled strings and loping drums. While the production is hardly thrilling, the MC's delivery leaves little to be desired — passionate, clever and upbeat on some celebratory rags-to-riches humblebrag steez. You might not find a late game entry to SPIN's 25 Best Rap Lines of 2012 list, but Wale's already in (just barely) for his contribution to the MMG posse cut, "The Zenith."

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