I figured I’d follow up my post about tongue-in-cheek “tributes” to popular culture with something a little more positive: the up-and-coming rapper Wale’s tribute to Seinfeld, The Mixtape About Nothing. It really only uses Seinfeld as a jumping-off point, but Wale’s fondness for the show is clearly there, and he manages to come off as appreciative but not fawning. Apart from the Seinfeld references, Wale has a fresh sound, and he avoids spending the whole time rapping about the fact that he’s rapping, a tendency that has ruined a lot of promising MCs in the past. I recommend this mixtape unreservedly. And hey, it’s a mixtape so it’s free.
Thanks to Passion of the Weiss for pointing me towards it.