After returning to Twitter after a nearly three-month hiatus, Wale released the video for “Black Grammys” the same day the awards aired. The song—-a Tone P-produced cut from the most recent Maybach Music Group compilation, Self Made 3—-features MMG cohorts Meek Mill and Rockie Fresh, as well as longtime collaborator J.Cole.
Directed by Dre Films, the crisp, black-and-white video features all four rappers in a highlight reel of tour footage (and red carpet scenes, of course), each of them introduced with a Grammyesque envelope. In the song’s opening verse, Wale alludes to a problem he thinks has plagued his commercial career: “Misunderstood, just over heads/Just in your ears, although you deaf.” (Not a new gripe from the rapper, but a valid one, in my opinion.)
Late last week, Wale also shared a remix to Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave’s single, “Show Me Love,” on which the DMV native references the region’s love of Nike Air Foamposites: “D.C. don’t got no gangs, they just beat the block up/And they rarely hit the bank ’cause they need the ‘posites/Foams, baby.”
Listen to both below.