Wale’s album “The Gifted” forced Kanye West’s Yesus to drop from numero uno to third spot, out-leaped J. Cole’s “Born Sinner” at second to top the U.S. album chart , after selling 150,000 copies in its first week.
Bad, a track on the 16 track album features R&B diva Rihanna.
Upon its release on June 25th, The Gifted was met with positive reviews from music critics.
David Jeffries of Allmusic gave the album four out of five stars, saying “While his first two efforts were smart, clever, funny, and infectious, rapper Wale was never one known to offer rich insight, but on the opening number of the aptly titled The Gifted, he spits “The status got me trippin’/I like my bitch but I like these bitches on my dick be spittin’/Tell that you feelin’ different, knowin’ you the bread winner,” and suddenly the hook of this great album reveals itself. Besides being solidly built and not overstuffed at 16 tracks long, The Gifted is the fascinating sound of the life of the party growing up, and that’s as in “in the process,” because there are still plenty of club bangers, strip-club jams, and irresponsible moments, and all of them are welcome.”
Eric Diep of XXL gave the album an XL, saying “The Gifted takes advantage of Wale’s rap Rolodex with all-star appearances from Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Cee Lo Green. Jerry Seinfeld, who appears on the outro of “Black Heroes,” teases that The Album Of Nothing is actually happening, which excites fans that grew to love Folarin during his mixtape days. He’s cited Seinfeld as an inspiration on numerous occasions, so to see the connection come to fruition feels like a victory lap for Wale, who’s always seemed to have a chip on his shoulder. Matching his lyrical abilities with polished production and radio-ready hooks, The Gifted sees Wale inching towards hip-hop’s upper echelon, while still exhibiting the hunger of a young MC on the rise. “Born to lose, built to win,” he claims on “Heaven’s Afternoon.” Started from that bottom, but now he’s got it.”
Other albums in top 10 of the Billboard 200 are :
Skillet’s “Rise” at No. 4 and Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” at No. 5.
Rounding out the top tier are Florida Georgia Line’s “Here’s to the Good Times” at No. 6, India.Arie’s “SongVersation” at No. 7, Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” at No. 8, August Burns Red’s “Rescue & Restore” at No. 9 and Black Sabbath’s “13″ at No. 10.