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D.C. rapper Wale released his latest album, Ambition, more than a month ago; however, with the album's lead single, "Lotus Flower Bomb," which features R&B singer Miguel, climbing the Billboard charts and arguably leading this winter's pack of hip-hop tracks, Wale's latest venture is worth a mention. 

The first album since Wale's move to Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group, Ambition represents a departure from his eclectic, Lady Gaga-featuring debut album, Attention Deficit. Ambition is a move forward for Wale, featuring a melange of soulful melodies, edgy beats and raw rhymes. Rick Ross, Jeremih and relative newcomer Big Sean join Wale on the album, with notable producers such as Diplo and T-Minus flexing their beat-making abilities. 

Wale's Ambition is now available online and in stores. 

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