wale taps yella beezy and maxo kream for “down south”

August 13, 2021

Today, Wale teams with Texas rhymers Yella Beezy and Maxo Kream for the relentless new single “Down South.” The nostalgic track is built around the DC rhymer’s dexterous wordplay, a distorted violin sample from a Houston classic, and the guest stars’ ferocious verses. Listen to “Down South” HERE. “Down South” looks back to some of Southern rap’s most memorable hits, repurposing a sample of Mike Jones’ “Still Tippin’” while interpolating UGK’s Master P and Fiend-assisted “Slangin.” Wale uses this canvas to dispel glamorous images of street life as he spits about the downsides of life as a trapper: “In the ’90s, a traffic stop get you tickets, a joke/Now they find you at traffic stops you get riddled with holes.” Beezy and Maxo take a street-level approach to, the former evoking pure menace and the latter oscillating between aggression and reflection.

As he readies the long-awaited follow-up to his classic Folarin album, “Down South” continues Wale’s tradition of crafting memorable bangers as he blends thoughtful lyricism with the taste of a master curator. Make sure you don’t miss Wale headlining AFROPUNK Atlanta this September. You can purchase your tickets HERE: