Photo: “Down South” cover art
  /  08.13.2021


As Wale prepares for the release of his forthcoming Folarin II project, the DMV star has just dropped off another single to hold fans over. Tapping in with Maxo Kream and Yella Beezy, the freshly released “Down South” record was officially released today (Aug 13).

Right from the clear title, listeners can assume the track will pay homage to the south, and it does exactly that by not only repurposing a sample of Mike Jones’ “Still Tippin’” but also interpolating UGK’s Master P and Fiend-assisted “Slangin.” The new “Down South” embraces these references right from the opening hook and verse over a distorted violin sample from a Houston classic:

Down South slangin’, rollin’ with these hustlers, tryna get rid of all you haters and you busters/ Look, what’s the sense of it all? Pimpin’ powder, and pussy tryna make pennies/ See niggas lie on the stand, guess hell ain’t harder than prison, who knows

In the 90’s a traffic stop get you tickets, a joke/ Now the find you a traffic stop get you riddled with holes/ We be livin’ too fast, we be sippin’ it slow One of my n***as was sellin’ work, now he sellin’ out shows/

Wale has a summer banger on his hands with his latest single “Angles” with Chris Brown. Wale has kept himself busy as a featured artist within the last few months, providing his show-stealing verses to songs by peers like Queen Naija, Skip Marley, Rotimi, THEY., Pacman da Gunman, EARTHGANGOmarion, and Westside Gunn. He also appeared on the official soundtrack for Mark Ronson’s Watch the Sound alongside DJ Premier. Also recently, he’s also delivered two new singles of his own — “Flawed,” which sees assistance from Gunna and an uncredited Young Thug, and “Good Vibes (Za).”

Be sure to press play on Wale’s brand new “Down South” single featuring Yella Beezy and Maxo Kream.

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