Album: Wow… That’s Crazy
Album Artist: Wale, Jeremih, Rick Ross, Bryson Tiller, Megan Thee Stallion, Meek Mill, 6LACK, Boogie, Ari Lenno
Wale has been very articulate about his mental health struggles in the past few days and he’s been praised for doing so. The promoting function has run for his new album titled “Wow… That’s Crazy” just started, but the topic has already come up several times. On both “Ebro in the Morning” and “The Breakfast Club” , Wale spoke about his depression and anxiety, but he emphasized that his aversion to these conditions being labeled as ‘mental illness.’ He fears that, due to the ravages of time, the term has become conflated with experiences that he feels shouldn’t necessarily fall under that umbrella.
Regardless of how Wale wants to think or speak about the topic, he manages to address it in his songs without the heaviness and reality of these experiences being diluted. The song titled “Expectations,” Wale breaks down the harmful thought processes that can arise as the seasons change. On the song, the first verse paints a picture of the depression that comes with the greyness of winter. Wale then looks outward, shifting to the pressures that can weigh on a woman due to the fabricated perfection of social media posts. These thoughts coming from a man’s perspective could have inadvertently assumed a patronizing tone, but Wale reflects on these issues with great care and empathy.