Ambition

Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Nov 8, 2011
    60
    He takes advantage of the do-over, lacing expensive-sounding beats from the likes of Diplo and Lex Luger with dialed-in flows. He's too quick to reach for sexist cliches; cheap shots at groupies and gold diggers undercut moments of real emotion.
  2. Oct 31, 2011
    60
    Lloyd's chorus on "Sabotage" is easily the most immediately engaging portion of the album (it's actually quite a lot better than most of the material on his own overpraised King of Hearts), but the brunt of Ambition is as forgettable as big-budget rap gets.
  3. Nov 8, 2011
    56
    It's just not very fun. Wale's conversion to Ross' braggy rap-excess didn't seem like a great idea in theory, and stretched out to an hour his updated, devolved craft starts to wear thin very, very quickly.
  4. Nov 4, 2011
    50
    Ambition leaves listeners to answer the simple question of whether they want an exceptionally unchallenging album to listen to for an hour or not.
  5. Oct 31, 2011
    40
    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.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Nov 7, 2011
    5
    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.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. Full Review »
  2. Nov 15, 2011
    7
    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 reallyAmbition 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. Full Review »
  3. Dec 1, 2011
    6
    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 itA 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. Full Review »