Wale may be a newly-independent artist after parting ways with Atlantic Records earlier this month, but the D.C rapper is keeping his grind constant. After gifting fans the anti-Valentine's Day track “All-Star Breakup,” Folarin returned on Tuesday (Feb. 27) with his latest single “Staying Power” — a celebration his new independence and a reminder to those who doubt his lyrical abilities.
On “Staying Power,” Wale makes it clear that he's in the rap game for the long haul and from the onset, boasts that labels wanted him once he left Atlantic Records. The eerie, soulful number finds Wale dishing out clever lines like “I'm not a little n—a tryna Big Boi/ I'm like the Outkast the new school/ Spent about Three Stacks on a Bitcoin,” as well as boastful one-liners like “I am the legend n—as trying to be.”
He continues, “I quietly, quietly built my empire, to set afire to the rivaling teams/ I'm a lion, you are just a feline/ Devour anybody bothering me/ Blood on my teeth,” and ends the song warning naysayers that “Olu is back in his zone.”
Wale had three studio albums under Atlantic Records before leaving earlier in February. A spokesperson for Atlantic Records confirmed to DJ Booth that the rapper was “no longer with us” though they didn't reveal the reason for his departure.
Listen to “Staying Power” below.