The Gifted

Wale - The Gifted
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2013 Ratings: #704 / 953
User Score
Based on 29 ratings
2013 Ratings: #363
June 25, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Maybach Music, Atlantic / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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Besides being solidly built and not overstuffed at 16 tracks long, The Gifted is the fascinating sound of the life of the party growing up


Overall, The Gifted is a good album. Wale presents substance without being overly preachy, and still takes it back to the Go-Go for those who have been following him since Paint A Picture.


With no big time faux pas to be found,The Gifted is an extraordinary ‘gift’ to any hip-hop collection.


Wale has lost many of the qualities that made people like him in the first place, but he's refined the elements that he's managed to retain.

Consequence of Sound

While The Gifted is a solid and even enjoyable effort, we in DC can only hope that there’s more–and better–to come.


The problem is that Wale and his team made a really decent soul rap album without a rapper soulful enough to carry it.

A.V. Club

Whatever survived of the brain behind Mixtape About Nothing has been permanently atrophied by luxury and laziness.

LoveHate Thing (feat. Sam Dew) and Sunshine is a highlight of the album.
Wale got tremendously mad at a major critical magazine/website for leaving him out of a year's best list. He clearly never listened to the album.
Wale disappoints us. He has the potential to say and do a lot with albums. He has impeccable flow, when he's going harder on his more club-hit oriented songs, and especially when he does his spoken word flow, often only used at the beginning of songs now. This is just a lot of wasted potential with only a few good hits.
It may be more soulful, as intented, but it's not as gifted as promised.
Most of the album is extremely good but then some tracks you think why is this on here. Overall it was above average but if he removed a couple of songs it would have been amazing.
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Track List

  1. The Curse Of The Gifted
  2. LoveHate Thing (feat. Sam Dew) 
  3. Sunshine
  4. Heaven's Afternoon (feat. Meek Mill) 
  5. Golden Salvation (Jesus Piece) 
  6. Vanity 
  7. Gullible (feat. CeeLo Green) 
  8. Bricks (feat. Yo Gotti & Lyfe Jennings) 
  9. Clappers (feat. Nicki Minaj & Juicy J) 
  10. Bad (Remix) [feat. Rihanna] 
  11. Tired Of Dreaming (feat. Ne-Yo & Rick Ross)
  12. Rotation (feat. Wiz Khalifa & 2 Chainz) 
  13. Simple Man 
  14. 88 
  15. Black Heroes / Outro About Nothing (feat. Jerry Seinfeld) 
  16. Bad (feat. Tiara Thomas) 
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Added on: June 22, 2013