H8r @$$ review: Wale, More About Nothing
Anticipation and speculation ran amok in the Twitterverse when Wale (@wale) announced the upcoming release of More About Nothing, the sequel to 2008’s The Mixtape About Nothing. #moreaboutnothing even landed as a trending topic when it came out earlier this week.
Wale scored a novelty hit and DC anthem with Attention Deficit‘s “Chillin’,” but its popularity didn’t translate into album sales. Instead of being a breakthrough debut, Attention Deficit dissatisfied fans of Wale’s mixtapes and left mainstream audiences disinterested. Enter More About Nothing.
More About Nothing is a top-shelf release. Wale’s wordplay grows ever stronger, and his sense of humor is on point as always and shines through his disappointment, if not laughing it off completely. And thankfully, it’s not a carbon copy of Mixtape About Nothing. (Although I miss the banter-filled shout-out tracks and the surprise Julia Louis-Dreyfus feature.)
More About Nothing isn’t repetitive and Wale does not belabor images of gold chains (doesn’t wear ‘em) or Maybachs (bawse!). Instead, he confronts issues like his disappointing last album and girl troubles, most likely in reference to his speculated relationship with Solange Knowles.
Redemption is a theme that pervades the tape, from its opener, “The Problem,” to “The Eyes Of The Tiger,” a song about cheating from the perspective of Tiger Woods.
DJ Omega and Kosmik’s sample of Sam Sparro’s “Black and Gold” is a worthy sequel to “W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E.” Rather than feature high-profile rappers, Wale recruits up and comers like Wiz Khalifa and Waka Flaka, while highlighting the singing talents of Avery Storm and Tre of UCB.
More About Nothing is a statement that Wale has learned from the mistakes of Attention Deficit and, hungry as hell, is not giving up the pursuit.
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Wale and UCB are having a one-of-a-kind concert, “A Show About Nothing”, to showcase More About Nothing on Monday, August 16th at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan. Advance tickets are already sold out, but the Highline Ballroom promises to sell more on the day of the show. If you’re in NYC, don’t miss it.