But, SHINE stumbles and fumbles at times like a crappy running back (and yes, I’m aware of the pun here). When it shines, it shines through. We get Wale throwing bars and concepts every once in a while. The intro track and “Scarface Rozay Gotti,” for instance, bang, because they showcase Wale at his best. Tracks like “Running Back,” “Fashion Week” and all that will probably continue to dominate streams and playlists because that’s what they’re made for. But nothing really sticks long-term for me. It feels like Wale’s doing a project that reflects the “best of the industry” versus doing a project with any sort of substantial weight. In short, it doesn’t really feel like a Wale project, even if it’s one of his most “DMV-like” projects in a while (in terms of the grittiness of the beats and the experimentation a la the experimentation going on in the DMV music scene as a whole).
Here’s the Spotify stream for SHINE. Stream it to your heart’s content.