Five Rappers Fans Love That Critics Can't Stand

3. Wale

Why Critics Hate Him: His mixtapes made him a critical darling early on, but Wale abandoned his uniquely DC go-go sound for a chance to rhyme alongside Rick Ross. His reliance on sports similes and routine addressing of "haters" gets stale fast. And that spoken word bad beat poetry he does a lot now wouldn't be fit for most open mic nights.

Why Fans Love Him: He persevered through a heavily scrutinized debut flop (Attention Deficit) to reinvent himself both commercially and artistically. Songs like "Lotus Flower Bomb" and "Look Ma (No Hands)" showcase his versatility as a hitmaker.

See also: The Maybach Difference: How Wale, Meek Mill, and Rick Ross Overcame Early Failure To Find Success

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