Jeff Weiss has an essay on his blog, the Passion of the Weiss, about rapper Wale and what his career says about the current state of hip-hop. Wale first started attracting attention from outside his hometown of Washington, D.C., a couple of years ago with a string of solid, smart mix tapes on which he combined anthemic, classic-sounding hip-hop tracks like “Nike Boots” with raps set to songs by Justice and Amy Winehouse, which earned him a fan base that included both hipsters and people who spend too way much time reading hip-hop blogs (though I suppose there’s some overlap between the two). He’s since graduated—if that’s the right word—to Interscope, which yesterday released his first proper album, Attention Deficit.