Thursday, June 26, 2008

Quick Hitters:: Wale - The Mixtape About Nothing

I know Washington DC rapper Wale and this mixtape have been covered by all the blogs and then some, but I thought some of our clientele might not have heard of him yet. So for those not in the know, Wale is one of the nouveau backpack rap movement's rising stars, and the possessor of a witty, complex, yet unrelenting flow that proves with even a quick listen that the hype is fairly warranted. And he puts that flow to solid use on The Mixtape About Nothing, which is what you think it is, a Seinfeld-themed mixtape, but it's way better than you likely think it is.

Based on the quality and originality of this mix, it deserves a posting, but it's also tied into perhaps the defining TV show for folks my age. And it's not strictly a gimmick, as Wale is clearly familiar with the show, weaving references throughout (including a mindbending, Sein-heavy verse on The Chicago Falcon Remix) and having a shout-out from Elaine herself at the end of The Vacation From Ourselves. But one of the main reasons I like this mix is The Kramer, where Wale creates an amazing song about race and the impact of the n-bomb around the K-man's horrendous comedy club meltdown. As much as I love Seinfeld, that rant doused the show with a layer of Jerry's-car level stink that I couldn't help but smell when watching the show after the fact. But Wale has taken the putrid rant and created a song that will hopefully get a lot of people thinking, which is more than I ever thought could come from it (but sorry Mike Richards, you're still going to be remembered not for crashing through doors, but for being a hateful bag of douche).

The Mixtape About Nothing is 19 songs strong, which normally would be way too long, but it isn't really an issue here. Wale's go-go influenced style is mighty enjoyable, and while not every song is an absolute standout, they are all super-listenable due to his skill and charisma. Standouts do abound however, from the Seinfeld theme sampling The Opening Title Sequence, to the breakneck flows of The Freestyle and the Sly-tinged The Star, to the Jerry & George-inspired goodness of The Vacation From Ourselves and The Artistic Integrity (whose awesomeness is enhanced by it's similarity to the intro of Easy Lover).

Anyway, the point of this here post about nothing, is that you can download a pretty awesome mix for free, so go do that here.


Wale - The Artistic Integrity

Posted at 11:30 AM by naedoo :: 1 comments

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At 12:50 PM, Anonymous The ROB did sayeth:

Awesome... Thanks. Maybe I've been out of the loop, but I hadn't heard of this ...


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