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The Breaks: DMV Hip-Hop Happenings from Wale, Logic, GoldLink, and Chaz French

This pre-holiday edition of the Breaks examines Wale’s exit from Roc Nation and features new music from Chaz French, GoldLink, and Logic.

Wale and Roc Nation Part Ways
Yesterday, Wale's split from Roc Nation—which has managed the D.C. rapper since 2009—was announced. XXL reported that a source close to Wale told them that the abrupt break was amicable. The move automatically triggered questions in the minds of fans and those who just like to keep up on the industry’s revolving doors. Everyone was left wondering what what this means for Wale’s career, as well as the status of his next project, The Album About Nothing.

The truth is that it means very little.

Moving forward, Wale will be managed by 77 North Management, the group that oversees the bulk of LeBron James’ endeavors. Wale’s still signed to Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group, which is distributed by Atlantic Records. Whatever the nature of the departure from Roc Nation, it likely didn’t happen overnight, and this image of Wale and Jerry Seinfeld in the studio that appeared two weeks ago should answer questions about the album’s status:

The lone remaining questions are "When is it coming out?" and "When can we expect a lead single?" DJ Money teased "The Body"—the collaboration with singer Jeremih that Wale’s been talking about for months—at Trillectro last weekend, but concrete details have still been tight.

In the midst of these transactions and developments, Wale has remained busy. In addition to the ongoing work on The Album About Nothing, he lent a verse to "Don’t Shoot," the Michael Brown posse cut tribute.

 

Chaz French and GoldLink Unite
On the distorted "LMGLML" (Let Me Go, Let Me Live), Chaz French matches his passion and intensity with GoldLink’s rapid-fire insight as the two discuss drug use, failure, and lost love. The song’s emotion is bolstered by GoldLink’s honest hook and a sonic backdrop created by producer Kris Minor. In all, it’s another promising offer from French’s upcoming debut project, Happy Belated. Expect more music from these two in the future.

 

Logic Taps Childish Gambino
The summer is over and we still know very little about Maryland rapper Logic’s Def Jam debut. Logic’s aware that impatient fans are waiting on him, so he shared "Driving Ms. Daisy," a collaboration with Childish Gambino-the multitalented Donald Glover—this week. Logic told Billboard that the self-produced track was, in fact, inspired by the Academy Award-winning 1989 film of the same name.

"It's a play on the movie, where I feel like I'm Morgan Freeman driving and Ms. Daisy is my accomplishments," he explained. "I'm driving on the road of success and I'm so focused on the destination that sometimes I forget to enjoy the view along the way and the company in the backseat."

That’s pretty straightforward. As of now, Logic’s album is expected to be released this fall.

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