Five Rappers Fans Love That Critics Can't Stand
Why Critics Hate Him: His mixtapes made him a critical darling early on, but Wale abandoned his uniquely DC go-go sound for a chance to rhyme alongside Rick Ross. His reliance on sports similes and routine addressing of "haters" gets stale fast. And that spoken word bad beat poetry he does a lot now wouldn't be fit for most open mic nights.
Why Fans Love Him: He persevered through a heavily scrutinized debut flop (Attention Deficit) to reinvent himself both commercially and artistically. Songs like "Lotus Flower Bomb" and "Look Ma (No Hands)" showcase his versatility as a hitmaker.