Attention Deficit (album)

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Attention Deficit
Studio album by Wale
Released November 10, 2009 (2009-11-10)
Recorded 2007–09
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length 53:42
Label Allido, Interscope
Producer Mark Ronson (exec.), Best Kept Secret, Cool & Dre, David Sitek, Dejion, K. Doi, The Neptunes, The Sleepwalkers
Wale chronology
Attention Deficit
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 by American rapper Wale; it was released on November 10, 2009, by Allido Records and Interscope Records in the United States.[1]

Upon its release, Attention Deficit received generally positive reviews from music critics. The album debuted at number 21 on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 28,000 copies in the United States[2] As of June 2013, the album has sold 169,000 copies in the United States.[3][4]


  • The album's lead single "Chillin" featuring Lady Gaga was released on April 14, 2009.
  • The album's second single "World Tour" featuring Jazmine Sullivan was released on September 8, 2009.
  • The album's third single "Pretty Girls" featuring Gucci Mane and Weensey (of Backyard Band) was released on October 6, 2009.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (77/100)[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]
The A.V. Club B+[7]
Entertainment Weekly B[8]
The New York Times favorable[9]
Pitchfork Media (6.6/10)[10]
PopMatters (7/10)[11]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[12]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[13]
The Washington Post favorable[14]
XXL (XL)[15]

Attention Deficit received generally favorable reviews from music critics.[5] 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".[5] David Jeffries of Allmusic gave the album a favorable review.[6] The A.V. Club '​s Nathan Rabin gave the album a B+ rating.[7]

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 (of Backyard Band)) 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 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


Chart (2009) Peak
US Billboard 200[16] 21
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[17] 3
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[18] 2
Chart (2010) Peak
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[17] 64
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[18] 13


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  6. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Attention Deficit – Wale > Review". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Rabin, Nathan (November 17, 2009). "Wale: Attention Deficit". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  8. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon. Review: Attention Deficit. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2009-11-09.
  9. ^ Pareles, Jon. Review: Attention Deficit. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-11-09.
  10. ^ Fennessey, Sean. Review: Attention Deficit. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved on 2009-11-10.
  11. ^ Jayasuriya, Mehan. Review: Attention Deficit. PopMatters. Retrieved on 2009-11-11.
  12. ^ Dolan, Jon. "Review: Attention Deficit". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on November 7, 2009. Retrieved November 8, 2009. 
  13. ^ McBee, Wilson. "Review: Attention:Deficit". Slant Magazine. Archived from the original on November 11, 2009. Retrieved November 8, 2009. 
  14. ^ Richards, Chris (November 10, 2009). "Music review: District rapper Wale's 'Attention Deficit'". Washington Post. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  15. ^ Samuel, Anslem. "Review: Wale, Attention: Deficit". XXL. Harris Publications. Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. Retrieved November 8, 2009. 
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