Off the heels of buzzing singles and spitfire freestyles that have earned him attention from names like Pusha T and more, DMV-area mainstay ADÉ unleashes his brand new EP, wyd after?, out today. Get it HERE via Epic Records/HighRes Global.
Along with the EP, today he shares the official video for single “Feel Some Way” featuring Wale.
Dreamy keys give way to a thick beat and a steady bass groove as ADÉ and Wale deliver a rap master class between a hypnotic high-register hook and a catchy chant. Together, they shoot down jealousy one bar at a time. In the visual, the two D.C. titans stand back-to-back surrounded by a posse of onlookers and models as they ponder, “Can’t understand why you feel some way.”
Says ADÉ, “the song fits perfectly into the picture I’m painting with the wyd after? project. I do most of my ‘living’ at night. Being a recording artist, I’m always at shows, parties, events, etc. which, more often than not, happen in the night time. So, that’s when most of the interesting shit happens in my life. I talk about what it’s been like navigating through the good times, the tough times and my relationships while living the nightlife. The question ‘what you doing after?’ is the crossroads I usually come to most nights. After being asked ‘wyd after?’ I can either end my night, or find more trouble to get into.”
ADÉ paved the way for wyd after? with a string of scorching singles and music videos. Most recently, he released the single “Replacements,” along with an official music video, which HotNewHipHop dubbed it a “banger” and proclaimed that ADÉ “is maintaining his era of reinvention...” He announced the EP earlier this Spring with the Trevor Jackson-featuring “Don’t Cry” [feat. Trevor Jackson], along which also arrived with an official visual. Elsewhere on the EP, he slides from laidback rhymes into resounding melodies on “Out The Way” before flexing fiery rhymes and one more airtight chorus on the finale “GGBB.”
wyd after? represents a natural progression for ADÉ. After establishing himself under the name Phil Adé, the DMV talent served up a series of mixtapes and singles and shined on collaborations alongside heavy-hitters such as Logic, Mac Miller, Raekwon, and Bootsy Collins. Starting in 2013, he dove into honing his craft, writing in the studio with a variety of artists, perfecting his own sound as well as his live performance. He ultimately developed his voice immensely. During this time, he made extensive contributions as a writer and featured act to Wale’s #1 opus The Album About Nothing  and Shine , in addition to working with Raheem DeVaughn, Anthony Hamilton, Chris Brown, Eric Bellinger, Mýa, Trevor Jackson, Serayah, 9th Wonder and Bink, while gracing the stage on the sold out SHIN3 Tour. In 2017, he shared the solo single “No Fear” [feat. Tate Kobang and Saba Abraha], which soundtracked WWE NXT and clocked half-a-million streams. Upon the latter’s arrival, Billboard described him as “ready to seize his opportunity at rap stardom.” However, he changed everything for 2019. He opted to go by simply ADÉ, signed to Epic Records, and cooked up his first EP of the label, ALWAYS SOMETHING, showcasing a completely new side of him while continuing to carve out a place among hip-hop’s modern elite.
The tastemaker-approved EP boasted “SOMETHING NEW” [feat. Lil Baby], “SOMETHING FROM NOTHING” [feat. Rich The Kid], and “SOMETHING REAL” [feat. Wale & GoldLink], and more. Meanwhile, it attracted unanimous acclaim. Billboard applauded “the six-track EP is a reintroduction to the hip-hop stalwart’s talents on the mic, backed by his refurbished sound,” HipHopDX claimed, “the switch brings the refreshing energy to validate his change in direction.” In addition to looks from HYPEBEAST and more, Respect Magazine summed him up best as “an amazingly versatile talent.”
Now, it’s time to stay up all night with ADÉ on wyd after?
Check out the full tracklisting below.
- Feel Some Way [feat. Wale]
- Don’t Cry [feat. Trevor Jackson]
- Out The Way
We got a chance to speak with the rapper about his new project, + working with Trevor Jackson, current state of hip-hop +more. Get into the interview below.
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