If you don’t know, I have been a pretty big fan of the DC rapper Wale. About a month ago, he dropped his much anticipated mixtape, “The Mixtape About Nothing”, based on the Seinfield series.
In anticipation, he also released his video for “W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E.”.
As you may be able to see, I was not impressed. For something that took weeks to get released, it looks like something I could have done in about 5 days. The video looks like shit, the effects look cheesy, and the video doesn’t really make much sense, artistically.
Needless to say, my expectations for this mixtape were lowered drastically.
Which makes me very happy to say that it exceeded even my highest expectations. It is clear that the long wait and postponed release date proved worth it. The mixtape is as versatile and sonically enjoyable as other major artists album releases.
Beginning with “The Opening Title Sequence”,
which explores the state of rap music, the mixtape goes on to discuss problems of self-identity in “The Kramer” (listen for you not for me), which starts out with the actor’s Laugh Factory meltdown. It’s one of my favorite songs but unfortunately is too big to host on here but you can listen to it on Zshare.
What also happened is that the quality of his videos improved. Below is the video for “The Artistic Integrity”. Guest starring the Anfernee Hardaway Eggplant Foamposites and Wale’s Cousin, Gbenga Akinnagbe, aka Chris the badass motherfucker from The Wire.
Plus, if you happened to be shipwrecked in the Fall/Winter of 2006, you may not know what “The Kramer” is referring to. The video below is the amateur footage of Michael Richards flipping the fuck out. It’s slightly disturbing that someone so adored by millions could harbor such abhorrent feelings. You can see that he knows he made a mistake halfway through the diatribe but continues anyway, hoping to bring the audience back to his side. Much respect to the audience for walking out. Sucks for the Laugh Factory.
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Download the Mixtape About Nothing Here