Reason #1: Just about all of the production on The Gifted is excellent.
When Wale first started to talk about The Gifted late last year, he mentioned that he was taking a more hands-on approach to tinkering with the production on the album. "[On MMG's] Self Made, I could just hit a beat," he said, "But now I'm like, 'Alright, I don't like the strings. Take that out. Let's try this. I don't like the percussion, so let's change the snare.' I might be doing it myself on some of the songs on there, so it's a little bit different." It definitely shows. Though he worked with a number of different producers on this project—including Sean C, LV, Tone P, Lee Major, Cardiak, Travi$ Scott, and more—everything sounds cohesive and tailor-made for Wale's flows. No songs sound out of place, and Wale seems right at home on every production effort put forward.