Earlier this week D.C. based rapper Wale posted a photo to his Instagram account that shows him sitting in celebrity barber, Renaldo Williams’ chair. In the caption, he briefly spells out the crossroads he is at. “Man idk what I’m doin but I know I need to make changes,” he stared. “Find my happiness , could this be phase one? I’ll be leaving you guys for a while.. my friend @issarae says it’s time to change up .. my man @renaldowilliams says it’s time…🔵🌙.”
The “I’ll be leaving you guys,” part has some speculating that Wale will be abstaining from social media for a period of time like many rappers have done in the past. But he could be stepping back from the rap game altogether for a while.
Wale’s latest album, Shine, dropped in April. He revealed shortly afterward that he is working on a go-go album with Pharrell. “I’m working with Pharrell on that. We already started working on some stuff,” he said. “I’m also working with UCB a lot. I’ve been talking to Backyard about some things.” Could that project now be on hold?
No matter the case, I think we can all agree that Wale has come a long way from his Attention Deficit days. This is a transitionary period for the rap industry and Wale has to be feeling the pressure of being left behind by more conscious rappers (J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Chance) and taken over by younger more rockstar-esque rappers (Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, Playboi Carti). I think it make sense for the DMV superstar to figure out where he stands going forward.