Attention Deficit (album)

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Attention Deficit
Attention Deficit (Wale album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Wale
Released November 7, 2009
Recorded 2007–09
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length 53:42
Label Allido, Interscope
Producer Mark Ronson (also exec.), Best Kept Secret, Cool & Dre, David Sitek, Dejion, 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 over 200,000 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 (6.6/10.0)[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) 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, Dejion 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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  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 January 6, 2010. 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. 
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