Wale delivers yet another terrific record with “Black Is Gold,” a four-minute track that could earn some serious radio play. You can watch the new visual up top.
You may recognize the instrumental, which is taken from D’Angelo’s classic song “Lady” from the 1995 album Brown Sugar. Wale does the beat justice by applying a pinpoint flow and a heartfelt message. “Black is beautiful, baby, black is bold,” Ralph spits on the hook. “Black is black, true, but black is gold.”
The DMV artist shouts out various black women on verse two, including Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong’o. “Look, hey miss Lupita/Hope you know you inspired the future women for us,” Wale raps. “Don’t know your vibe really, just know that your mother Kenyan/Just know that that melanin mesmerizin’ in every picture.”
You can listen to “Black Is Gold” above via SoundCloud. No word on if the track will appear on a project, but there’s a chance it could end up on Folarin’s next album, S.H.I.N.E. (Still Here Ignoring Negative Energy).
Hardcore Wale fans might notice the song title’s resemblance to another Folarin track, 2010’s “Black & Gold” from his More About Nothing mixtape. While the content of the two songs have pretty much nothing in common, it’s still interesting to note the similar song titles.
In other Wale-related news, it appears the MMG rapper has a collaboration with Lil Wayne coming soon, and the song is slated to appear on Ralph’s fifth studio album.
As for non-album cuts, Wale recently dropped a video for “Folarin Like,” a freestyle over Nas’ classic “Nas Is Like” instrumental, as well as “Groundhog Day,” a response to J. Cole’s second verse on “False Prophets.”
Watch the “Black Is Gold” video above and peep the SoundCloud link below.