As promised, Wale delivered his Seinfeld-inspired project with DJ A-Trak, Festivus, just before Christmas. The 11-song mixtape features guest spots from Pusha T, A$AP Ferg, Ab-Soul, Chance the Rapper, and Magazeen. In addition to the expected Fat Trel appearance, Wale gives lesser-known local artists like Dino Bam and Dew Baby a huge assist by allowing them to shine.
“Miracle On U Street” is absent—-as Wale said it would be toward the song’s end—-but another title bears a nod to D.C.: “Friendship Heights.” On the audio lullaby, Wale, Chance the Rapper, and the Social Experiment float over ethereal production from Omega and Raak.
The Seinfeld audio clips are back, as are the random ’90s R&B references (see the accelerated sample of Janet Jackson‘s “Go Deep” on the mixtape track “Girls on Drugs”) and Wale’s focus. His willingness to give away music this good for free is an indicator of The Album About Nothing‘s potential quality.
Speaking of The Album About Nothing, I was correct (as many probably were) in my observation that it would likely arrive on March 31.
— Wale Folarin (@Wale) December 23, 2014
Until then, allow Festivus to be that Christmas tree you don’t take down until the spring. Stream it after the jump.
In addition to Festivus, Wale released a video for “The Body,” his R. Kelly-aping single with with Chicago singer Jeremih.