The Beeshine is a refreshingly unique endeavor, offering a more positive and introspective take on rap culture than the thirsty beef-mongering and glorified tabloid reporting that normally dominates web coverage. Whether obscure, well-known, profound or hilarious, The Beeshine’s features definitely have something for every sort of rap fan.
Rick Ross was definitely the rap comeback story of 2009 and 2010; never viewed as more than a mid-tier southern rapper on Def Jam, he managed to create a duo of grandiose, cohesive albums that managed to deflect the junior high school promotional beefing of a floundering 50 Cent and foster enough fan and critic clout to begin actually appearing to be the boss he always professed he was. In 2011, he used that apparent Midas touch on the career of D.C. rapper Wale. Coming off a lukewarm response to his debut LP and a semi-beef with Kid Cudi, Wale re-invented himself into a gushy love-rap spewing/flossy MMG-style spitter on his successful sophomore LP, Ambition. In this edition of The Beeshine, Wale opens up about his background in the streets and suburbs, being personal in his music, the industry, and the success of his second album and what it means to his career.
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