~Burque representin' big right here. There's a long, unknown history of amazing NM hip hop and this album is a dope sampling of the conscious, creative hip hop heights that can be achieved. 505 represent! There are some real nice concepts and moments on this project, for sure. This album travels some serious ground, handling it with grace, insight, and creative expression. Hopefully there's more to come...
If misogyny and materialism have kept you away from rap music, it’s time to give it another shot with Albuquerque based artist Wake Self, a man who represents a growing social conscience in Hip Hop. The complicated and driven MC is self-made when it comes to his career, and when he reaches inevitable success, he'll be taking his beloved home state with him.
Packed full of sharp social commentary, unique rhyme patterns and uplifting rhythms, Malala is Wake Self’s magnum opus. Wake rides to the beat of a different emcee, never following the trends or changing who he is to fit a certain mold.
From the beautifully arranged and impactful title track to the call to action of “Change the World” featuring Blackalicious’ Gift of Gab, the 15-track album bursts with original content while retaining a musicality unmatched by most modern day emcees.
“There are concepts inside of every song,” Wake explains. “Each song has its own mood, atmosphere and anatomy. The way I feel about life and my experiences, beliefs, perception, and emotion is everything. As humans we are not the boxes and generalizations or short description we are forced to fit in. Everything we are is constantly expanding and deepening. Malala is an illustrated soundtrack to my journey and faith for a brighter future.”
With generous contributions from Miles Bonny, Belgium artist Blu Samu, partner-in-crime Def-i, vocalist Alia Lucero, Dre Z, and of course, Gift of Gab, Malala is exactly what is missing in hip-hop’s often vapid landscape.
“Making this album has already changed my life,” he says. “I am deeply connected to every word, syllable, rhyme patter, feeling, concept, and idea that came through me on this project. I try to make music that can heal, inspire, bring love, awareness, happiness, and clarity. I want people to feel alive, and clear—to not only envision a new world, but to also start materializing it with our actions, and continue cleansing ourselves from the wounds of our past social patterns.”
released August 24, 2016
prod by SmokeM2D6 except track 7, produced by Bles Infinite
All lyrics written by Wake Self except guest features.
Mural Art by Kausr, Graphic layout by Dumperfoo
Photography by Nisa Touchon
Mixed, Mastered by Smoke M2D6
"they come for us" is my favorite track to write to and beatbox to on this album but all the tracks are hella clean and reminds me of my one trip to NY and taking the subway and seeing all the graf writing everywhere and handing random CD mixes that I made to random people back in 2002. Thank you for your work and much love from the Bay. Monkstilo