Wale Enlists Rihanna for ‘The Gifted’
Wale is bringing some major star power to his third album, “The Gifted”. The Maybach Music rapper has called on superstars including Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, and more. During a private listening for journalists in New York last week, the D.C. native previewed some of the star-studded follow-up to 2011’s Ambition.
“Bad (Remix)” feat. Rihanna
This is a pretty big deal. Rihanna has never gotten on a rap remix, to our knowledge. We were only previewed the first hook and first verse of this new version of Wale’s inescapable single; there are high expectations for this song, and Martin was given strict orders not to play any further. Rihanna ups original guest vocalist Tiara Thomas’ ante and proceeds to tear down the place. She injects this crazy/beautiful combination of sadness and sexiness that only Rih can do, singing, confidently, “Hood girls just want a real n***a.” (On the original version, Wale said, “Hood girls want a smart n***a”; point, counterpoint.) Clean up your apartment, this song will be around all summer.
Click here to listen to a very short snippet.