By Jack Barnes
Maybach Music Group/Atlantic Records artist WALE has surprised fans with the announcement that he is releasing his fifth studio album SHINE, a week early. The album – which was originally set for release on May 5th is now available everywhere. SHINE features collaborations with features from Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Major Lazer, G-Eazy, J Balvin and even Wale’s daughter Zyla, to name a few. Today’s news of the earlier-than-expected release date is accompanied by a brand new song entitled “Shine Season.” Listen to “Shine Season” here. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
The Washington D.C. bred rap superstar broke the news of the early release date during last night’s 1633 x Genius Album Listening and Live Annotation Experience, moderated by Genius’ Rob Markman. The experience saw Wale playing unreleased music from SHINE and breaking down and sharing the meanings behind the lyrics as only he can. In addition to die-hard fans and industry tastemakers, guests included Joe Budden, Remy Ma and Papoose, Aminé and Maybach Music boss Rick Ross. You can watch the full live stream here.
The Grammy-nominated superstar capped off the night by joining Rick Ross for an electrifying performance of his hit “Trap Trap Trap” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Watch the performance here.
Wale will celebrate the release of “SHINE” with a major U.S. headline tour. “THE SHINE TOUR” begins Friday, May 5th at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA and continues through the month, wrapping in Washington, D.C. For complete details and ticket information, please see www.walemusic.com/tour.
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