Wale, who was supposed to perform at the One Africa Music Fest in Brooklyn on Friday night, had a much more important life event to attend to: the birth of his first child, Zyla.
In previous songs, Wale rapped about losing a previous child due to miscarriage and the emotional toll it took. He wrote that this is why he kept the matter private while Zyla's mother was pregnant. In a lengthy Instagram post, the rapper thanked friends like Kehlani who talked him through the sensitive time in his life, and explained that his daughter's birth inspired him to name his next album SHINE. "You are my everything and I'll see to it we SHiNE my precious Zyla," he wrote.