Ambition - Wale
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  • Summary: The second album for the Washington, DC, rapper features guest appearances by Big Sean, Kid Cudi, Jeremih, Lloyd, Miguel, Meek Mill, and Rick Ross.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Nov 17, 2011
    With a tight-knit collection of features and palpable confidence exuded in his lyrics, Ambition is Wale's most cohesive and likewise enthralling project thus far in his brisk career.
  2. Oct 31, 2011
    As far as why it all hangs together so well, credit goes to Wale's talent and his strong personality, which here has grown into an interesting combination of Lil Wayne and Plies, with a little 50 Cent smirk and bit of Drake's phrasing thrown in for good measure.
  3. Nov 1, 2011
    The sonic mood of Ambition reflects its title and author and proves, on the whole, far warmer than his debut.
  4. Nov 4, 2011
    Everything is fast-moving, breezily entertaining, and patently ridiculous.
  5. 67
    While his follow-up's party beats are sturdy, it's frustrating to hear him trade his brainy morality for shoutouts. [11 Nov 2011, p.75]
  6. Nov 17, 2011
    This is a truly throwaway fast food album. You will enjoy it for a while, and in a year, I guarantee that you will not be listening to it, save for a few songs (such as "Legendary" and "Ambition").
  7. Oct 31, 2011
    Ultimately, the witty lyricism of Wale's early material is too few and far between, as this set leans heavily on misogynistic themes and self-centred musings.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Nov 15, 2011
    Ambition is an ok album. Worth a couple listens and not much else. After "Attention Deficit" & his "The 11.1.11 Theory" mixtape I was really expecting a lot from this album. I hate to say that I'm fairly disappointed. The lyrical content is nowhere near what he's shown he's capable of in the past. His rhyme structure has progressively become less complex and "Ambition" does little or nothing to change that. Still, all-in-all, this isn't a bad album, especially by today's hip-hop standards. This falls somewhere between the pop-fiend and indie fanboy, likely turning both off, just a bit. Expand
  2. Nov 17, 2011
    Ambition is alright, but would be extremely boring after a few listens. My favorites are "Ambition", "Focused", "Legendary", "That Way" and "Illest B*tch". The rest are forgettable or just plain bad. Expand
  3. Nov 18, 2011
    If this is your first time listening to Wale, you'll think that this is a generally cohesive album in theme and the sounds he's aiming for. But for everybody who knows that he's capable of ('More About Nothing' might be his best ever, even Grammy worthy), there will be a lot of missing depth replaced by his constant declarations of ambition along with some vanity. A close listen to "Chain Music" tells us exactly how he got here, and while it's an enjoyable song like a lot on the album, you might be left shaking your head too. My full review here: Expand
  4. Dec 1, 2011
    A few tracks are great, but most are standard hip hop. Wale has talent though, and this WAS a good album. but just not the amazing one it could have been. Expand
  5. Nov 7, 2011
    Well this album was suppose to be a classic let Wale tell it. He also said it would be better than "Reasonable Doubt" which is also false. This album was ok at best. I expected so much more out of Wale. His mixtapes "More about nothing" & "the 11.1.11 theory" were both amazing. His lyrics for the album dumbed way down, his word play just isnt there and he went away from why many people liked him. The album is too up tempo and I as a fan and critic knows Wale sounds much better with softer beats so he can be very poetic. Expand
  6. Nov 17, 2011
    Ambition is a very forgettable album. The production on it is great but Wale needs to better his lyrics and change up his flow every once in a while because he sounds the same on just about every song. It's worth the listen if you're a Wale fan I suppose but other than that I would say skip it. Expand