The Gifted

  • Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: Jun 25, 2013
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 44
  2. Negative: 4 out of 44

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  1. Jun 25, 2013
    5
    Album was average for me. Wale could have done way better then this, way too many features, and songs like "Clappers" should have just been left off. I was disappointed by this project maybe next time Wale.
  2. Jun 25, 2013
    5
    This is honestly quite disappointing. My favorite Wale is the Wale who's serious and talks about stuff that matters and he does do that here, but not enough. The production is solid, but bad songs such as "Clappers" just drag the album down big time. It also doesn't help that this album doesn't a song that makes you say "wow, that's really good", like all good albums should have. Instead,This is honestly quite disappointing. My favorite Wale is the Wale who's serious and talks about stuff that matters and he does do that here, but not enough. The production is solid, but bad songs such as "Clappers" just drag the album down big time. It also doesn't help that this album doesn't a song that makes you say "wow, that's really good", like all good albums should have. Instead, it has a bunch of tracks that make you say, "ok, that's not bad", which is a bad sign. Hopefully Wale's next effort is stronger than this one was. Expand
  3. Jul 23, 2013
    5
    I don't know what to say about The Gifted. It's an album by a rapper who I expected to sound as ignorant as Chief Keef, but instead I got a semi-decent, semi-lyrical rapper who has a production choice. I mean Clappers is just awful, but then The Curse of the Gifted is pretty good. In the end I kind of liked it i guess. Still mixed feelings.
  4. Jan 10, 2014
    5
    The Gifted definitely showed it's worth to be one of the most underrated hiphop albums of 2013. Bangers like One Eyed Kitten (Remix), MFS, Clappers and Rotation made the album enjoyable. Wale had some variety in his album as well to suit varied audiences. Soulful songs like his mixtape hit Bad made an appearance however, I thought the remix strayed too far from the original making itThe Gifted definitely showed it's worth to be one of the most underrated hiphop albums of 2013. Bangers like One Eyed Kitten (Remix), MFS, Clappers and Rotation made the album enjoyable. Wale had some variety in his album as well to suit varied audiences. Soulful songs like his mixtape hit Bad made an appearance however, I thought the remix strayed too far from the original making it difficult to listen to. The Gifted is definitely the album of 2013 that everyone should cop because I know many chose to sleep on it instead. Expand
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jul 2, 2013
    50
    Those expecting Wale to finally take his game to the next level will have to wait as his third record is inconsistent and mostly forgettable.
  2. 60
    The problem is, Wale isn’t at the top, he’s simply borrowing that swagger from the A-list guests that decorate The Gifted.
  3. Jul 2, 2013
    50
    Whatever survived of the brain behind Mixtape About Nothing has been permanently atrophied by luxury and laziness. At least the crisp, live-band production, a carryover from Ambition, remains a treat.