Yeah yeah yeah, I know, I have been talking about this mixtape for a quick minute now. If Lil “f**k mixtape djs” Wayne undoubtedly has the most anticipated album of the year, then the most anticipated mixtape of the year would certainly belong to the self proclaimed “Ambassador of rap for the Capital”. The mixtape based on Wale’s love for Seinfeld is serious. I thought remove a couple of skits and bang you have a very very hot album. His rap voice is eerily similar to Black Thought (who is one of the best rappers without a doubt) of The Roots. The difference is Wale sounds much younger and Black Thought sounds much seasoned and mature in the game. You should check out Wale’s feature on The Roots’ excellent “Rising Down” album. Matter of fact this joint is on the mixtape but labelled as “The Roots song Wale is on”. To say the two complemented each other perfectly on the track would be an understatement. Seriously, if you do not have The Roots album, then you are loose and slack. Like Pusha T would say, “Yuck!!!”. So moving on, Wale’s is on a go-go kinda rap which is just mad, gives him the variety flavour presently needed in hip hop. I first heard of him back when I used to collect Source magazine (back when it was the hip hop yardstick) via the Unsigned hype column.
Now signed to Interscope via Mark Ronson’s Allido records, his debut is slated for a release late this year. He has enjoyed massive hype all via his hardwork without the need of a major label.
This mixtape is an audio joy to listen to and funny. His rhymes are just tight and right. He goes fast and goes slow with the rhymes when he has to He literally works the beat out. Wale Folarin touches on a lot of topics from racism, to love, to the current state of hip hop, literally offers the listeners no drugs which is a great experience considering the number of Rick Ross drug laced songs I have been listening to recently. This now joins my blogging playlist soundtrack. You just want the mixtape to continue until you suddenly hear the end credits and you feel sad. My solution to this problem was to press the play button to give the mixtape another wheel up.
This mixtape effort gets a solid 5 star effort from WFNB. Sleep on this Mixtape About Nothing at your own peril.
Download: Wale – Mixtape About Nothing
1. “The Opening Title Sequence” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
2. “The Roots Song Wale Is On” f. Chrisette Michele (produced by ?uestlove & James Poyser)
3. “The Feature Heavy Song” f. Bun B, Pusha T and Tre from UCB (produced by Best Kept Secret)
4. “The Freestyle (Roc Boys)”
5. “The Perfect Plan” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
6. “The Kramer” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
7. “The Crazy” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
8. “The Vacation From Ourselves” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
9. “The Remake of A Remake (All I Need)” f. Tawiah (produced by Mark Ronson)
10. “The Grown Up” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
11. “The Manipulation” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
12. “The Artistic Integrity” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
13. “The Star”
14. “The Skit (Untz Untz)”
15. “The Cliche Lil Wayne Feature (It’s The Remix baby!)” (produced by Osinachi)
16. “The Bmore Club Slam” (produced by Scottie B)
17. “The Chicago Falcon Remix” f. The Budos Band (produced by Mark Ronson & Eli Escobar)
18. “The Hype” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
19. “The End Credits” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
Previous Wale Mixtapes you should check out
Download 100 miles and Running from Wale’s Myspace