Wale ft J Cole ‘Poke It Out’ Fan Review: Single is a ‘waste of two dope artists’

Wale’s new full-length project will also include his recent single 'Down South’ that features Yella Beezy and Maxo Kream on the guest verses


                            Wale ft J Cole ‘Poke It Out’ Fan Review: Single is a ‘waste of two dope artists’
J Cole and Wale single 'Poke It Out' is being panned online ([email protected])

Known for his hit singles like ‘Chillin’ and ‘Pretty Girls’, Wale dropped a new single with J Cole ahead of his brand new album ‘'Folarin II’ that will hit the Internet on October 22. The new single is called ‘Poke It Out’ and is part of the album’s official tracklist. Wale and Cole go a long way back collaborating on several tracks but some of their famous ones include ‘My Boy (Freestyle)’ and ‘Rather Be With You’.

Wale took to his Instagram a day earlier to announce the new collaboration with Cole. The 37-year-old rapper’s new full-length project will also include his recent single 'Down South’ that features Yella Beezy and Maxo Kream on the guest verses. J Cole, on the other hand, is completely on a roll as the latest collab marks his third release in three weeks. He first dropped a freestyle called ‘Heaven’s EP’ on Drake’s instrumental of ‘Pipe Down’ followed by a collab with Joyner Lucas on the song called ‘Your Heart’.
 
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Wale taps J Cole for new single 'Poke It Out'

Wale, whose real name is Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, roped in producer Cool & Dre for his latest track where they sampled Q-Tip’s 1999 classic ‘Vivrant Thing’ that was originally produced by Jay Dee. Talking about the lyrics, Wale kickstarts the song with a chorus that gets him crooning, “I just wanna see if you gon’ lie or you gon’ love me/ I was gettin’ broads way before I got the money, honey/Since I been a star they don’t love me/ The ceilings got stars when the star ain’t got no ceiling.” He then effortlessly slips into the first verse and raps, “My regards to the broads that thought I was done/ Pick a side, pick a side and die on the joint/ I been letting things slide they trying too hard/Cause I ain’t left the city once, still travel aboard.”

J Cole then hops on the second verse where he takes a dig at his competition. On ‘Poke It Out’, Cole raps, “Evidently, the coach can’t bench me/ The franchise player, I don’t know how to miss/And they can’t buy a lay-up, I’m anti what they are/I can’t take my eyes off your pants I swear/Girl, you shinning like a damn Moncler.” Speaking of Wale’s latest project, it acts as a sequel to his 2012 mixtape ‘Folarin’ that featured artists like Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Tiara Thomas, Scarface, Nipsey Hussle, Trinidad James, and others.



 

 



 

‘The Wale x Cole track isn’t one of their better collabs'

Though hip-hop fans gave thumbs up to Q-Tip’s sample many failed to give love to the new Friday release. “Aye, I see what Wale and Cole was tryna do but it’s a no. Lol they’ll get radio play though”, said one user as another pitched in, “This new wale and cole track decent.. love that old Q tip beat.” One person tweeted, “Cole and Wale is always a vibe.” Whereas, another asserted, “Wale and Cole s**t knock that Vivrant Thang sample goes.”
 
Meanwhile, one user shared, “Both, but I can honestly say I haven’t sat & really just listened to it in depth. Good lyrical music typically captures me & that song just didn’t! Or Wale & J coles new song.” Another stated, “This new Wale and J. Cole is a nice bop!!!” And, one individual said, “I love Wale music, but that track with J. Cole is Awful, what a waste of 2 dope artist on a trash a** song, waste of a feature of Cole World.” While one concluded, “The Wale x Cole track isn’t one of their better collabs but it’s whatever.”

J. Cole performs onstage during the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival on September 17, 2021 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)