Tue Aug 12 2008
Time Out Ratings<strong>Rating: </strong>4/5
Call it the summer of Wale: The D.C. rapper may not, as he claims during his furiously paced version of Jay-Z’s “Roc Boys,” have the “whole nation screaming ‘Wale.’ ” But this Seinfeld-inspired mixtape sees him close to being master of his domain.
Wale (pronounced “wah-LAY”) opens the tape with the show’s notorious bassline pops and plays off the comedian’s “What’s the deal with…?” shtick. Throughout Nothing, he and his cohorts (including Lil Wayne, Bun B and the Roots) pepper verses with Seinfeld audio clips and references—not to mention a hilarious cameo from Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
But it’s not all De La Soul lite. If Seinfeld’s finale was too grim for you, mute the volume when “The Kramer” comes on: Sound bites from Michael Richards’s infamous racist rant at an L.A. nightclub lead into an examination of the word nigger. It turns out that the tape, like the show, is far from being about nothing.
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