Attention Deficit (album)

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Attention Deficit
Attention Deficit (Wale album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 7, 2009
GenreAlternative hip hop
Wale chronology
Attention Deficit
Singles from Attention: Deficit
  1. "Chillin"
    Released: April 14, 2009
  2. "World Tour"
    Released: September 8, 2009
  3. "Pretty Girls"
    Released: October 6, 2009

Attention Deficit is the debut studio album by American rapper Wale; it was released on November 10, 2009, by Allido Records and Interscope Records in the United States.[1]

Upon its release, Attention Deficit received generally positive reviews from music critics. The album peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard 200 chart.


The album's lead single "Chillin" featuring Lady Gaga, was released on April 14, 2009. The song was a charter hit. It peaked at number 12 on the UK Singles Chart on the chart ending September 12, 2009. It also spent a total of 6 weeks on the chart. This is Wale's highest-charting single in the United Kingdom.

The album's second single "World Tour" featuring Jazmine Sullivan, was released on September 8, 2009.

The album's third single "Pretty Girls" featuring Gucci Mane and Weensey (of Backyard Band), was released on October 6, 2009.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
The A.V. ClubB+[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB[5]
The New York Timesfavorable[6]
Pitchfork Media(6.6/10.0)[7]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[10]
The Washington Postfavorable[11]

Attention Deficit received generally favorable reviews from music critics.[2] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 77, based on 21 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable".[2] David Jeffries of AllMusic gave the album a favorable review.[3] The A.V. Club's Nathan Rabin gave the album a B+ rating.[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

Attention Deficit debuted at number 21 on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 28,000 copies in the United States.[13] As of June 2013, the album has sold over 300,000 copies in the United States.[14][15]

Track listing[edit]

1."Triumph"Dave Sitek2:25
2."Mama Told Me"
  • Akintimehin
  • Julian Nixon
  • Craig Balmoris
Best Kept Secret3:37
3."Mirrors" (featuring Bun B)Ronson4:17
4."Pretty Girls" (featuring Gucci Mane & Weensey from Backyard Band)
Best Kept Secret4:11
5."World Tour" (featuring Jazmine Sullivan)Cool & Dre3:47
6."Let It Loose" (featuring Pharrell Williams)The Neptunes4:49
  • Akintimehin
  • Ronson
  • Ronson
  • Dejion
8."Shades" (featuring Chrisette Michele)
Best Kept Secret3:56
9."Chillin" (featuring Lady Gaga)
Cool & Dre3:24
10."TV in the Radio" (featuring K'naan)
Dave Sitek3:20
12."Diary" (featuring Marsha Ambrosius)
The Sleepwalkers4:31
13."Beautiful Bliss" (featuring Melanie Fiona & J. Cole)5:04
  • Akintimehin
  • Nixon
  • Balmoris
Best Kept Secret3:27
iTunes bonus tracks
15."My Sweetie"
Apple Juice Kid3:37
16."Center of Attention"
  • Akintimehin
  • Kevin Crowe
  • Erik Ortiz
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League3:56
Zune bonus tracks
17."Be Right"
  • Akintimehin
  • Deleno Matthews
  • Levar Coppin
Sean C & LV4:01
Samples credits
  • "Pretty Girls" contains a sample of Backyard Band's go-go rendition of "Girls" by The Moments & Whatnauts
  • "Chillin" contains a sample of "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" by Steam
  • "Mama Told Me" contains a sample of "Summer Madness" by Kool and the Gang
  • "Contemplate" contains a sample of "Question Existing" from the album Good Girl Gone Bad by Rihanna
  • "Diary" contains a sample of "La Valse d'Amélie" by Yann Tiersen
  • "My Sweetie" contains a sample of "Let Me Love You" by Bunny Mack
  • "Beautiful Bliss" contains a sample of "(Do It, Do It) No One Does It Better" by The Spinners and "Theme Music to a Drive By" By Lupe Fiasco
  • "World Tour" contains a sample of "Award Tour" by A Tribe Called Quest
  • "Prescription" contains an interpolated sample of "Modaji" by Dave Grusin



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  3. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Attention Deficit – Wale > Review". AllMusic. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Rabin, Nathan (November 17, 2009). "Wale: Attention Deficit". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  5. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon. Review: Attention Deficit. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2009-11-09.
  6. ^ Pareles, Jon. Review: Attention Deficit. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-11-09.
  7. ^ Fennessey, Sean. Review: Attention Deficit. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved on 2009-11-10.
  8. ^ Jayasuriya, Mehan. Review: Attention Deficit. PopMatters. Retrieved on 2009-11-11.
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  10. ^ McBee, Wilson. "Review: Attention:Deficit". Slant Magazine. Retrieved November 8, 2009.
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