Poor Decisions

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"Poor Decisions"
Single by Wale featuring Rick Ross & Lupe Fiasco
from the album Self Made Vol. 3
Released July 2, 2013 (2013-07-02)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre Hip hop
Length 5:06
Label Maybach Music Group, Atlantic Records
Songwriter(s) Olubowale Akintimehin, Wasalu Jaco, William Leonard Roberts II
Producer(s) Jake One
Wale singles chronology
"Bounce It"
"Poor Decisions"

"Bounce It"
"Poor Decisions"
Rick Ross singles chronology
"No New Friends"
(2013) No New Friends2013
"Poor Decisions"
(2013) Poor Decisions2013
"I Wanna Be with You"
Lupe Fiasco singles chronology
"Battle Scars"
(2012) Battle Scars2012
"Poor Decisions"
(2013) Poor Decisions2013
"Old School Love"
(2013) Old School Love2013
I Wanna Be with You2013

"Poor Decisions" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Wale, released as the first single from the Maybach Music Group (MMG) compilation album, Self Made Vol. 3. The song features fellow American rappers Rick Ross and Lupe Fiasco, the former of whom being the founder of MMG. The song peaked on the US Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles at number nine.


On June 3, 2013, "Poor Decisions" was officially premiered by Vibe.[1] It was originally thought to be a track from Wale's third studio album The Gifted.[2] On June 4, 2013, Rick Ross revealed the first two songs from Self Made Vol. 3, "God Is Great" by Rockie Fresh,[3] and "Poor Decisions" by Wale featuring Ross and Lupe Fiasco.[4] On July 2, 2013 "Poor Decisions" along with, "Levels" by Meek Mill would be sent to iTunes as the album's first and second singles.[5]

Coincidentally all three artists had recently gone through controversy around the release of the song. From Rick Ross rhyming about date rape on "U.O.E.N.O.", to Wale who recently got into an argument with a basketball announcer who chose to insult the D.C.-based rapper and Fiasco who had gotten in trouble for publicly criticizing Barack Obama during an inauguration party. However, the song does not mention any of the issues, and is based around "positive vibes".[6] The song's verses were described as "introspective" by Rap-Up.[7]

Music video[edit]

On June 5, 2013, The DRE Films directed music video for "Poor Decisions" was released, along with the "God Is Great" and "Oil Money Gang" music videos.[8][9]

Critical reception[edit]

Bruce Smith of HipHopDX praised Lupe Fiasco's verse on "Poor Decisions" as the biggest highlight of Self Made 3 and that it should be in the running for one of the best verses of 2013.[10] Jesse Cataldo of Slant Magazine called the song, a "somber huddle that emerges as Wale takes on one of his signature social messages, which Ross mostly uses as an excuse to shame those less successful at imaginary crime than him.[11]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles (Billboard)[12] 9


  1. ^ "Premiere: Wale Feat. Rick Ross & Lupe Fiasco 'Poor Decisions'". Vibe. 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  2. ^ Huynh, Davis. "Wale featuring Rick Ross and Lupe Fiasco – Poor Decisions (Produced by Jake One)". Hypetrak. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  3. ^ "Rockie Fresh "God Is Great"". Complex. 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Wale f. Rick Ross & Lupe Fiasco - Poor Decisions". HipHop DX. 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  5. ^ "iTunes - Music - Poor Decisions (feat. Rick Ross & Lupe Fiasco) - Single by MMG". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  6. ^ "Poor Decision-Makers Rick Ross, Wale, and Lupe Fiasco Rap About 'Poor Decisions' | SPIN | SPIN Mix | Songs". SPIN. 2013-06-04. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  7. ^ "New Music: Wale f/ Rick Ross & Lupe Fiasco – 'Poor Decisions'". Rap-Up.com. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  8. ^ "Wale Joined By Rick Ross And Lupe Fiasco In 'Poor Decisions' Video". Rapfix.mtv.com. 2013-06-06. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  9. ^ Nigel D. (2013-01-11). "Video: Wale ft. Rick Ross and Lupe Fiasco - Poor Decisions » RealTalkNY Brought To You By Nigel D". Realtalkny.uproxx.com. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  10. ^ Smith, Bruce (2013-09-18). "Maybach Music Group - Self Made Vol. 3". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  11. ^ "Maybach Music Group: Self Made, Vol. 3 | Music Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  12. ^ "Wale – Chart History: Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 5, 2013.