Attention Deficit (album)

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Attention Deficit
Studio album by Wale
Released November 10, 2009 (2009-11-10)
Recorded 2007–2009
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length 53:42
Label Allido, Interscope
Producer Mark Ronson (exec.), Best Kept Secret, Cool & Dre, David Andrew Sitek, Dejion, K. Doi, The Neptunes, Sleepwalkers
Wale chronology
Attention Deficit
(2009)
Ambition
(2011)
Singles from Attention: Deficit
  1. "Chillin"
    Released: April 14, 2009
  2. "World Tour"
    Released: September 8, 2009
  3. "Pretty Girls"
    Released: October 6, 2009

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,[1] 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[2] As of June 2013, the album has sold 169,000 copies in the United States.[3]

Background[edit]

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.[4][5] For a time, he considered using his 2007 track, "The Meeting" as the intro track, but decided against it.[6] 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!"[7]

Singles[edit]

"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.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (77/100)[8]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[9]
The A.V. Club B+[10]
Entertainment Weekly B[11]
The New York Times favorable[12]
Pitchfork Media (6.6/10)[13]
PopMatters (7/10)[14]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[15]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[16]
The Washington Post favorable[17]
XXL (XL)[18]

Attention Deficit received generally favorable reviews from music critics.[8] 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".[8] David Jeffries of Allmusic gave the album a favorable review.[9] The A.V. Club '​s Nathan Rabin gave the album a B+ rating.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Triumph"   Dave Sitek 2:25
2. "Mama Told Me"   Best Kept Secret 3:37
3. "Mirrors" (featuring Bun B) Mark Ronson 4:17
4. "Pretty Girls" (featuring Gucci Mane & Weensey) Best Kept Secret 4:11
5. "World Tour" (featuring Jazmine Sullivan) Cool & Dre 3:47
6. "Let It Loose" (featuring Pharrell) The Neptunes 4:49
7. "90210"   Mark Ronson, Deijon 3:21
8. "Shades" (featuring Chrisette Michele) Best Kept Secret, juju 3:56
9. "Chillin" (featuring Lady Gaga) Cool & Dre 3:24
10. "TV in the Radio" (featuring K'naan) Dave Sitek 3:20
11. "Contemplate"   Syience 3:33
12. "Diary" (featuring Marsha Ambrosius) The Sleepwalkers 4:31
13. "Beautiful Bliss" (featuring Melanie Fiona & J. Cole) DJ Green Lantern, Mark Ronson 5:04
14. "Prescription"   Best Kept Secret 3:27
Samples credits
  • "Pretty Girls" contains a sample of Backyard Band's go-go rendition of "Girls" by The Moments & Whatnauts
  • "Chillin" contains a sample of "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" by Steam
  • "Mama Told Me" contains a sample of "Summer Madness" by Kool and the Gang
  • "Contemplate" contains a sample of "Question Existing" from the album Good Girl Gone Bad by Rihanna
  • "Diary" contains a sample of "La Valse d'Amélie" by Yann Tiersen
  • "My Sweetie" contains a sample of "Let Me Love You" by Bunny Mack
  • "Beautiful Bliss" contains a sample of "(Do It, Do It) No One Does It Better" by The Spinners and "Theme Music to a Drive By" By Lupe Fiasco
  • "World Tour" contains a sample of "Award Tour" by A Tribe Called Quest
  • "Prescription" contains an interpolated sample of "Modaji" by Dave Grusin

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[19] 21
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[20] 3
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[21] 2
Chart (2010) Peak
position
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[20] 64
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[21] 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wale's 'Attention' Gets Sidetracked". Rap-Up. Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.prefixmag.com/news/wales-ambition-expected-to-sell-close-to-200k-copi/58195/Wzp.uV
  3. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/464962/rick-ross-wale-the-billboard-cover-story-part-ii
  4. ^ "Wale Cures ADD With New Album". Rap-Up. July 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  5. ^ Paine, Jake (July 7, 2009). "Wale Album Gets September 22 Release Date". allhiphop.com. Archived from the original on July 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  6. ^ "Wale – "The Meeting" X "Thank You Freestyle"". thatsthat.com. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  7. ^ "Wale: Don't Call me Wale!". Blue & Soul. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  8. ^ a b c "Attention Deficit Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. Archived from the original on November 12, 2009. Retrieved November 11, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Attention Deficit – Wale > Review". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Rabin, Nathan (November 17, 2009). "Wale: Attention Deficit". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  11. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon. Review: Attention Deficit. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2009-11-09.
  12. ^ Pareles, Jon. Review: Attention Deficit. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-11-09.
  13. ^ Fennessey, Sean. Review: Attention Deficit. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved on 2009-11-10.
  14. ^ Jayasuriya, Mehan. Review: Attention Deficit. PopMatters. Retrieved on 2009-11-11.
  15. ^ Dolan, Jon. "Review: Attention Deficit". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on November 7, 2009. Retrieved November 8, 2009. 
  16. ^ McBee, Wilson. "Review: Attention:Deficit". Slant Magazine. Archived from the original on November 11, 2009. Retrieved November 8, 2009. 
  17. ^ Richards, Chris (November 10, 2009). "Music review: District rapper Wale's 'Attention Deficit'". Washington Post. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  18. ^ Samuel, Anslem. "Review: Wale, Attention: Deficit". XXL. Harris Publications. Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. Retrieved November 8, 2009. 
  19. ^ "Wale Album & Song Chart History". Billboard 200 for Wale. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on June 04 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2011.  Check date values in: |archivedate= (help)
  20. ^ a b "Wale Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on June 04 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2011.  Check date values in: |archivedate= (help)
  21. ^ a b "Wale Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Top Rap Albums for Wale. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on June 04 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2011.  Check date values in: |archivedate= (help)