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Reviews are starting to trickle out. In The Washington Post, Chris Richards praises Wale’s big hometown hit from the summer:
“Bait” has become Washington’s latest local anthem, spilling out of car stereos and nightclub speakers all across the District. On a recent Friday afternoon, Wale performed it at Yardfest, the annual Homecoming concert on Howard University’s quad. As students shouted along — WORK! WORK! WORK! WORK! — the anticipation for his new album, “Ambition,” felt almost tangible in the crisp autumn air.
But here’s the rub: “Bait” isn’t on the album.
Richards’ take is one I think you’ll see a lot of: The album finds Wale exploring a lot of the things he does poorly—-endless boasts of success, sharing space with pop hooks—-and way too little of what he does great. Like Ambition‘s “Chain Music,” an ode to, um, Wale’s own wordplay that actually works.