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  • Summary: The debut album for the Washington, D.C. rapper features Lady Gaga, Pharrell, Bun B., Chrisette Michele, K'naan, Marsha Ambrosius, J.Cole, Melanie Fiona, Gucci Mane, Jazmine Sullivan, and Weensey as guest artists.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
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  1. 90
    The production offers great instrumentation and paints moods very well for Wale and his expertly-picked guest appearances.
  2. Luckily, Wale never spreads himself too thin on Attention Deficit and maintains the urgency of his mixtapes to ensure that the set contains little filler.
  3. The biggest complaint has to be that the early single 'Nike Boots' is missing, but otherwise, this unique debut does not disappoint.
  4. He often lives up to that promise on his major-label debut, tossing out deep thoughts and show-offy puns over beats that pay homage to the go-go of his native D.C.
  5. 70
    Straddling the line between street and pop, Attention: Deficit doesn't quite capture the pop zeitgeist. But it sheds light on Wale's evolving personality, and his circuitous story raps reward deep listening.
  6. The album is confident and catchy, with some telling moments. It’s also a measure of how limited Wale and his label think their hip-hop mainstream is.
  7. A shock in the uttermost worst way because Wale has suffered from the over-production, guest-crammed, lack-of-ideas style that usually follows with a major label release.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. Jun 27, 2013
    9
    Truthfully, the song that stuck out to me the most was definitely 90210, which I found to be just different from many of Wale's peers. WaleTruthfully, the song that stuck out to me the most was definitely 90210, which I found to be just different from many of Wale's peers. Wale is definitely on the come up and Attention Deficit was a great start. Especially with songs like Girls and Chilling, Attention Deficit is an album that you can listen to many times without getting bored. Expand
  2. Feb 18, 2011
    8
    What makes this record stand out is that there is something special hidden within the fabric of Wale's personality. Sure his lyrics areWhat makes this record stand out is that there is something special hidden within the fabric of Wale's personality. Sure his lyrics are average at best but his attitude feels relevant in comparison to the Lil' Wayne's and Kanye West's of today. The production is top-notch and sounds awesome and Wale doesn't disappoint but bear in mind this is a real mainstream record, so for some it will be a turn off. I don't listen to the record much but when I do I love it. 81/100 Expand