The Mixtape About Nothing

Washington, D.C. rapper Wale has some powerful folks on his side. Record-company mogul Jimmy Iovine and tastemaking DJ/producer Mark Ronson are really into him, and you probably should be too. Until his debut on Interscope comes out, content yourself with his The Mixtape About Nothing, which contains plenty of Jerry Seinfeld and George Costanza samples (and even Julia Louis-Dreyfus dropping an 'F' bomb!). But the title also comes from his disdain for "ringtone rappers," unimaginative magazine critics and anyone else championing what he calls "nothing." He even shows up Jay-Z on "The Freestyle (Roc Boys)," in which he thanks "my connect" – not a dope supplier, but rather "the Internet." Ha! On "The Vacation From Ourselves" he adds, "A lot of rappers sound like a lot of rappers," which pretty much summarizes his message. Fair enough, but on his studio debut one hopes he goes beyond just dissing others and says something unique himself. 4 stars


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