“We should probably fight outside right now, then. I’ll probably win—I got the hands,’’ a Wale deadpans. I don’t entirely blame him: I’ve just told him that he’s had me blocked on Twitter since 2014. Offer to scuffle notwithstanding, the 37 year-old DC rapper is in good spirits. We’re in his trailer at Rolling Loud New York, where he’s just finished performing with Rick Ross in a lively set for a packed crowd. A couple of weeks ago he released his seventh studio album, Folarin II, to high critical acclaim. And even if he hasn’t been able to see me tweeting about it—more on that later—the album is easily his best effort since the Obama administration.