On Thursday (Oct. 19), it was revealed that Wale is now in business with Def Jam Recordings — a move that, according to TMZ, was made “several months ago.” On Friday (Oct. 20), the DMV talent stamped his latest venture with a new single titled “Max Julien,” which was produced by D.Woo.

Named after the late actor who starred in the 1973 film The Mack, Wale’s latest effort sees him rapping about his solo lifestyle.

“I be out doley, roll tide, shoutout Bryce, it’s a nine on me, never mind that, I’m tryna keep the vibe normal, but all these eyes on me, these OnlyFans b**ches send me for your eyes only pictures, y’all do not know me, y’all cannot hold me, I acknowledge everyone, we just not homies, and that go for everyone and that’s how I’m goin’, one deep, nothin’ sweet, ain’t no Zack Cody…”

It’s been two years since Wale blessed the masses with his seventh studio LP, Folarin II, the sequel to the 2012 mixtape Folarin and his last under Warner Records. That project consisted of 15 tracks and appearances from J. Cole, Chris Brown, Jamie Foxx, Maxo Kream, Ant Clemons, longtime MMG collaborator Rick Ross, and more. Since then, Wale’s appeared on notable cuts like REASON’s “Not For Me,” Russ’ “Note To Self,” Murda Beatz’s “One Shot,” and 6LACK’s “Stories In Motion.”

In an interview with REVOLT’s “Drink Champs,” Wale reflected on his decision to part ways with Roc Nation’s management arm earlier in his career. “I was in the Hov cypher for a long time, and there was a time that I was on tour with J. Cole and at this point, I was opening for him,” Wale explained to N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN. “Somebody in my circle was like, ‘You’re losing like $5,000 every time you go on stage. You’re losing money.’ I couldn’t make sense of it. I just really had a meltdown. And I remember, I just quit the tour. It’s been all love since. I learned it and I learned a lot from them. And [JAY-Z] is still my idol.”