Wale, 'The Album About Nothing'

On first glance, a rap project titled The Album About Nothing doesn’t bode well for high expectations but if you know Wale’s history, that just means you need to pay close attention. The Seinfeld-themed project features Jerry Seinfeld adding his narrative to the hour-long event, along with collabos from J. Cole, Jeremih, Usher and SZA and production from Jake One to DJ Dahi, among others. The select few add their signature flavor to Wale’s introspective rhymes without overshadowing his message. While he’s not looking to recreate “Lotus Flower Bomb,” he gets close with the “Body,” a lust-filled ode to his lady. On the Cole-assisted “Hopeless,” the rapper's candor is heavy. “Even when being polite here / Niggas try to bring me down, the life of a pioneer,” Wale rhymes. The haters didn't keep him down for long since he scored a No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 88,000 copies in its first week. The MC turned nothing into something lyrically powerful.