By Farah Habad, Courier Music Editor
Wale Folarin, a prominent rapper under Jay-Z's label Roc Nation, released yet another mixtape with a Jerry Seinfeld theme. Entitled “More About Nothing” he brings about a new, distinct style to his work.
Twenty one original songs, many of which have sampled beats, defy the new wave of music played on hip hop radio stations. With no autotune and no cliché rhymes, he reinstills realness into his music.
There is also a buffet of collaborations on the mixtape. From Wiz Khalifa and Wacka Flocka Flame to Melanie Fiona and NBA star Kevin Durant, Wale shows his versatility by teaming up with a variety of artists. In the song “The Black and Gold” he takes a techno beat - something that you would never ever see a rap song based off of - and flips it into a club banger.
On another token, the song “The Eye of the Tiger” begins with the voicemails Tiger Woods allegedly left on a woman’s phone, making a song about infidelity. Wale shows that hip hop doesn’t always need a beat. And in the track “The Ambitious Girl” he puts a piece of slam poetry on his mixtape.
It’s an instant classic that shouldn’t be looked over. “More About Nothing” gets 10 stars in my book.