Wale still introduces himself with, “I’m Wale and I’m from Washington, D.C.” even if he’s performing on a show with the scale and audience of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Maybe that’s because half of the nation still pronounces his name “Wall-E” or “Whale.”
The rapper received backing instrumentation from the Roots and vocal assistance from Miguel on “Lotus Flower Bomb” last night on Late Night. The song has been the only single off of Ambition and is more of a slow jam than a break-out hip-hop anthem. Regardless, the rapper performed the song to perfection, a rarity in the hip-hop world where a hype man is the common practice to cover up for a rapper who can’t keep up with his own lyrics.
Check out Wale perform “Lotus Flower Bomb” below.