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Wale’s fifth album SHiNE arrives a full week ahead of schedule.

Wale’s had a pretty good last couple of years. Following his fourth album The Album About Nothing topping the charts in 2015, he got an even greater gift, the birth of his daughter Zyla Moon. With that position now added to his life, he’d go on to release “My PYT” right after the Summer on Sunset mixtape.

Always known to have a chip on his shoulder, Folarin figured that he wouldn’t wait until May 5th to release his fifth album in SHiNE. Instead, Wale made it clear during his album release party with Genius’ Rob Markman that he was pushing the LP up a week. Why? Well why not?

An acronym for Still Here Ignoring Negative Energy, the latest effort from the MMG member features G-Eazy, Lil Wayne, Travis Scott, J. Balvin, Davido, Chris Brown, Major Lazer and others. Speaking about the idea of the LP a few months ago on Instagram, Wale in his usual candor couldn’t hold back.

“I wondered why I’m not where I want to be. Maybe I was wrong all along,” he wrote on IG. “In the past two years. I’ve been lied to. I’ve seen people I made family stab me in the back in broad day lite (we gon see u soon). I realized around ‘Ground Hog Day‘ maybe there is nothin I can do. I’ve wrote stories I’ve made hits I’ve dropped jewels. Letting go of perception is a process that I’ve dedicated this round to. I’m totally dedicated to the people who understand me right now. I’m tryna focus on the people who TRY to understand me. Good and bad. I’m constantly evolving, learning.”

Stream SHiNE below via Apple Music.