Lotus Flower Bomb (feat. Miguel)
Label: MMG/Warner Records
Contrary to its title, Wale's Ambition is less ambitious than his uneven 2009 debut, Attention Deficit. That may be a good thing. He still uses florid melodies and occasionally dips into go-go rhythms, particularly on the standout "Double M Genius" and the hit single "That Way," the latter sampling from Curtis Mayfield's "Give Me Your Love." His rhymes are less introspective, though, as he turns his stories as a semi-famous rapper into urban pop confections. ("DC or Nothing" is an exception.) Wale's Ambition is platinum success; musical aesthetics will have to wait.