Rhyme Report Grammy-nominated Hip Hop Superstar Wale Drops Visual For New Single “Max Julien”

Published on November 4th, 2023 | by Just Jay


Grammy-nominated Hip Hop Superstar Wale Drops Visual for Single “Max Julien”

Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum Hip Hop superstar Wale returns with a highly-anticipated new track and music video, “Max Julien.” Listen HERE and watch HERE. “Max Julien” marks the first new music from Wale with his brand new label home, Def Jam Recordings.

“Max Julien” –  produced by D Woo and featuring a sample of Baltimore favorite Lil Mo in the intro – is an homage to the legendary actor (and D.C. native), who not only starred as “Goldie” in the 1973 Blaxploitation classic The Mack, but also wrote the big screen cult hit Cleopatra Jones. Soulful harmonies and jazz-y piano give way to a head-nodding beat as Wale leans into the production with a fresh and fiery flow. In between samples from The Mack, he reaffirms his place in the game, “And everybody ain’t him; I’m the one and only.

The accompanying visual – directed by rising duo madebyJAMES – was shot on location in Wale’s hometown and channels the Max Julien spirit as it nods to timeless seventies films. The single’s cover art features a striking photo of Julien’s iconic coat from The Mack, currently on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C.

Wale recently delivered a showstopping guest spot on “BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR” with Def Jam labelmates ODUMODUBLVCK and Bloody Civilian which hit #1 on Apple Music and Spotify in Nigeria, marking Wale’s first Top 10 song entry on Nigeria’s charts. In other news, Wale will be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his classic album ‘The Gifted’ with a special performance at the Kennedy Center on November 10th.

With one eye on his legacy and another on his exciting future with Def Jam, Wale unleashes “Max Julien,” and paves the way for much more to come. Stay tuned…



Wale endures as an elite wordsmith, powerhouse performer, and visionary presence across the culture. Emerging out of Washington, D.C. with an unprecedented and undeniable style, he made waves with now-classic mixtapes such as the Mark Ronson-produced 100 Miles & Running and The Mixtape About Nothing. After bowing at #2 on the Billboard 200 with the gold-selling Ambition [2011], he logged back to-back #1 debuts on the respective chart with the gold-selling The Gifted [2013] and The Album About Nothing [2015]. Along the way, he cemented himself as the rare creative force equally at home collaborating with Jerry Seinfeld and Rihanna or Academy® Award winners Jamie Foxx and Lady Gaga. 2019’s gold-selling Wow… That’s Crazy notched a Top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 followed by the acclaimed Folarin II in 2021. The Ringer hailed the latter as “a great new album, and REVOLT attested, “He will be remembered as one of the GOATs in years to come. Not to mention, he has garnered a GRAMMY® Award nomination, picked up dozens of gold and platinum certifications, and sold out shows worldwide. Speaking to his impact, he notably provided the theme to the ESPN staple First Take, appeared on the STARZ hit American Gods, and has teamed up with brands like ASICS and many more.



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