The Mixtape About Nothing comes in at 19 songs and 72 minutes.
More About Nothing comes in at 21 songs and about 72 minutes.
The Album About Nothing comes in at 14 songs and 60 minutes.
The mixtapes can get a little long, and are probably better suited for background music, or for you to just select your own favorites from. If you dig 72 straight minutes of Wale, consider yourself a super fan (not that there's anything wrong with that!).
The album on the other hand, is a more appetizing length. A solid hour is a great amount of time to get what you need to say in the album, without risking redundancy and monotony.
More About Nothing was well varied, and featured DJ Omega, Kosmik, Mark Henry, Best Kept Secret, Bassheads, Yogi, Osinachi, Cool & Dre, and more on the beats.
Now, which of these you prefer will depend purely upon your preference (duh), but let's look at the different sounds these producers brought to each project.
Best Kept Secret produced a lot of jazzy and funky sounds for The Mixtape About Nothing. "The Vacation From Ourselves" and "The Grown Up" were driven by horns and percussions, and "The Hype" could have been released by Blue Note themselves had it been an instrumental. In order of mention, those tracks sampled Curtis Mayfield, Hugo Montenegro, and Harvey Mason's futuristic soul sounds.
The Album About Nothing definitely has a modernized sound to it. A lot of the beats are slow, fitting in with the current style of rap that everyone is putting out. We don't want to say that Wale is riding the trend, but rather embracing some of those sounds to create a very 2015 album. He did a good job of it, as DJ Dahi's "The Helium Balloon" and Osinachi's "The Pessimist" allow Wale to embrace the half-time steeze.
The Mixtape About Nothing and More About Nothing featured samples from the show, while The Album About Nothing features mostly new samples from Jerry Seinfeld himself. It definitely results in a different vibe, but both formats do the trick.
The mixtapes ended up being more nostalgic for the listener, as long as you were a fan of Seinfeld (on the other hand, it could have been polarizing for people who are not Seinfeld enthusiasts). Hearing the classic clips before beats kicked in and verses were spat was a great experience, and it was certainly a unique approach that helped Wale's name circulate before getting signed.
The Album About Nothing was slightly more ambitious, however. This is because Wale and Jerry Seinfeld had to write exclusive content for the album itself. No longer could Wale take a clip and rap about that subject, but he had to help in the creation of the clip itself.
More About Nothing has features with Wiz Khalifa, Sam Sparro, Tre of UCB, Dre of Cool & Dre, and Waka Flocka.
It seems like The Mixtape About Nothing used the names to get downloads, which isn't terrible. "The Feature Heavy Song" isn't official, and neither is the Lil Wayne one, but The Roots jam is pretty tasty.
The features on More About Nothing aren't the most memorable, besides Wiz Khalifa, who crushes it!
The Album About Nothing lacks rap verses from the featured artists, which allows for Wale to be the only MC who really spits on the entire album. The spotlight is definitely on Wale.
The Mixtape About Nothing featured rhymes from an MC with everything to prove. He was also unsure of his position in the rap game.
Lines like, "They say I'm too nice to be a rapper/The prerequisite is gun clappin' so what happened/They label me a backpackin' nigga on fashion/I laugh at 'em, though Mr. West I ain't mad at ya" shows an MC who's struggling with the critics' feedback.
Wale also gets serious on cuts like "The Kramer," which demonstrates his ability to speak on controversial topics.
More About Nothing featured rhymes from an MC with a good amount of hype, but still a lot to prove. With this project, it was all on the line for Wale. At this point, he had a little more swagger than the original Mixtape, and that led to tracks like "The Soup":
"Want you all to listen so I rap it in election form/But when you intellectual, some niggas ain't gon' let you on/But I'm here, jo, I hope you niggas know it's on/No soup for you wack niggas, I'mma get my chowder on."
The Album About Nothing features rhymes from a man who has seen a lot in the past seven years. You can't expect him to be as hungry as he once was to make a wave in the rap scene, because he's been making them for almost a decade now. However he still has the itch for respect in the rap game. Ultimately though, Wale is reflective of his life, which includes fame, rap, drugs, love, etc.
It's a more introspective, more personal effort. He discusses losing a child to miscarriage and depending on drugs to cope. It's a little more serious than the young MC using braggadocio to gain the attention of fans and critics alike. Peep these lines:
"Are you judgin' me now? Do you fuck with me now?/Miscarried my first child, ain't finna come out/Fuck the therapy route, where the syrup and loud?"
Time to cast your vote: