Attention Deficit is the debut studio album of American rapper Wale. It was released on November 10, 2009 on Allido Records and Interscope Records in the US. Due to Wale's decision to tour with Jay-Z, N.E.R.D. and J. Cole, the album's original scheduled release for September 22, 2009 was pushed back to October 20, 2009, and finally to November 10, 2009. Upon its release, Attention Deficit received generally positive reviews from music critics, based on an aggregate score of 77/100 from Metacritic. The album debuted at number 21 on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 28,000 copies As of June 2013, the album has sold 169,000 copies in the United States.
The album was produced by Mark Ronson, Cool & Dre, The Neptunes, David Sitek, The Sleepwalkers, and Sean C & LV of The Hitmen among others, with collaborators including Bun B, Chrisette Michelle, K'naan, and J.Cole. For a time, he considered using his 2007 track, "The Meeting" as the intro track, but decided against it. Speaking in August 2009 to noted UK urban writer Pete Lewis – Deputy Editor of the award-winning Blues & Soul – Wale explained his reasons behind the album's title: "I decided to title the album 'Attention Deficit' because I just think people are generally stingy in what they pay attention to over a long time-period. And, with my album running into a lot of emotions, lyrically it's all over the place. It's happy, sad, mad, glad, insecure, indecisive... You know, emotionally it's not censored, it's not hidden... So, when you put it all together, it's not a smooth ride. And, because in that way it's kinda everywhere, it reminds me of attention deficit disorder!"
"Chillin" featuring singer Lady Gaga was released as the lead single on April 14, 2009. "World Tour" featuring R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan as the second single on September 8, 2009. "Pretty Girls" featuring rapper Gucci Mane and Weensey of Backyard Band, a legendary go-go band from the Washington, D.C. area was released as the third single on October 6, 2009.
Attention Deficit received generally favorable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 77, based on 21 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable". David Jeffries of Allmusic gave the album a favorable review.The A.V. Club 's Nathan Rabin gave the album a B+ rating.