Producer: Best Kept Secret
Album: The Mixtape About Nothing
Label: N/A

So-called "ringtone rap" was at its peak in 2008. Wale offered an alternative vision on "The Plan," where in so many words he asked fans to shift their focus toward quality content over the latest dance craze. "Respect has grown inferior to fucking SoundScan/If that don't sound bad you should ban me/I don't give damn about grands, see my mind's on a Grammy." Even with this distinction, Wale also chided fans for illegal downloading, because damn, he's got to eat too. Wale's candor on a topic that still is an issue to this day is much appreciated. Edwin Ortiz

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