The Washington D.C. bred artist is headed to the Windy City for the “Under A Blue Moon” tour. Wale has a variety of hits that are spread across the past decade and a half. The menu includes “Nike Boots” (2008), Bad (2013), and 2019’s “On Chill” tag-teamed with Chicago’s Own, Jeremih.
But the tour’s main entrée is his latest supplement, Folarin II, where he gives testimonies of his accomplishments. On “Tiffany Nikes” (which is an actual shoe worth as much as $30,000), he expresses the fact that hip-hop fans weren’t feeling his style, but were later inspired to diversify their sneaker collection.
The Nigerian lyricist can be heard addressing non-believers by stating, “2009, I was putting ’em on, they wasn’t excited. Now they on the blogs for dressin’ just like me, ironic”.
The statement is believable given how sneaker culture has grown significantly over the past 20 years. In 2009, the sneaker is industry was worth less than $35 billion dollars. Now its worth is projected to double this year at more than $85 billion dollars according to Aiobot.
Wale may also bring that Chocolate City Flavor to Chicago. Washington D.C.’s sound of “Go-Go music” is sampled on Wale’s beloved hit “Pretty Girls” and the Folarin II’s eleventh track, “Jump in”.
The Chicago stop of the tour happens on January 31st at the House of Blues.
You can purchase tickets here