Wale releases an anthem for the brokenhearted. On the eve of Feb. 13, the song "All Star Break Up" went up online.
On the track, the rapper does not hide his disdain for Valentine's Day. He addresses an ex-girlfriend, a woman whose only concern is to score a basketball player at the upcoming NBA All-Star Weekend.
"I don't believe in Valentine's," he declares in the outro. "I find it funny Cupid's busiest days, four days before the All-Star."
The NBA All-Star Basketball will take place on Feb 18, Sunday, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
XXL Mag noticed that the track was released through Maybach Music Group and Every Blue Moon, but Atlantic Records was not involved as a distributor. This further fuels the rumors that the singer might be leaving his record label (or has already left) to become an independent artist.
Neither the record company nor Wale has given an update regarding the status of his contract.
The rapper's most recent album Shine was released to a lukewarm reception last year. It only sold 25,000 units during its first week.
For that, he blamed himself not his record label.
"I didn't create enough awareness like I should have.... I put it on me, I don't put it on Atlantic," he told Complex.
Ahead of the anticipated basketball event, Snoop Dogg and 2 Chainz revealed their own All-Star Hip-Hop lineup this coming weekend. Part of the games is the "All-Star Breakup" artist who joined Team 2 Chainz.
2 Chainz initially announced that Wale, Quavo, Young M.A, Dave East, Lil Bibby, Playboi Carti, Fabolous, French Montana, Dorrough, Short Dawg and Trinidad James will be on his team. However, on Tuesday, the lineup changed. Dave East, Playboi Carti, Fabolous, French Montana and Dorrough will no longer be playing. On Team 2 Chainz are Wale, Quavo, Young Dolph, Machine Gun Kelly, YFN Lucci, Jadakiss, Trinidad James, Young Ma, Lil Bibby, Lil Dicky, Mozzy, Skooly, Short Dawg, and Key Glock.
2 Chainz, on Instagram, gave fans a peek into his training ahead of the game. He mentioned that he broke his leg last summer, but that does not stop him from giving his all this coming weekend.
"I broke my leg in July so I'll be the first to say I lost a step or two. My rhythm is off but the main thing is I'm walking again something I took for granted," he wrote. "People don't see what goes into being great because it is often behind closed doors. All I ever wanted to do is make my momma PROUD !!!"
He revealed that he is being coached by Drew Hanlen, a professional basketball skills trainer whose clientele include Bradley Beal, Andrew Wiggins, and Dwight Howard.
On Team Snoop Dogg are Chris Brown, Kamaiyah, David Banner, Snap Dogg, K Camp, Daylyt, Hitman Holla, Joe Moses, and TDot IllDude
The 2018 Hip-Hop All-Game is part of the two-day event hosted by Adidas for the NBA All-Star weekend. The two teams will face-off on Friday, Feb, 16, in Los Angeles.