Rapper Wale has had a rough couple of years, and what better way is there to learn from it all than by writing an album about nothing?
"Lord, my all, what you think of it? Been on this long road accumulating luggage. As time proceeds, preoccupied with everything, I think it's 'bout time that I sing of nothing."
Wale’s fourth studio album, deceptively titled The Album About Nothing, is what happens when a rapper devotes 10 years to his craft, switches labels, subsequently tops the Billboard charts, loses a close friend to a car accident then a child to miscarriage soon after, and realizes that the music industry, the one place he desperately seeks approval, still fails to recognize him as a force amongst his peers. The Seinfeld-inspired album is a 14-track therapy session that takes audiences through the last few years of Wale’s personal and professional struggles, and may be a return to the melodic, heartfelt spoken word for which he was well-known and intermittently loved. A hefty handful of the songs on The Album About Nothing are definitely saying something, and although not a flawless piece of work, they seem to mark a new beginning for the rapper.
Here are 10 things The Album About Nothing is actually about.