With Wale’s The Album About Nothing currently in the works, the comedian whose show inspired the Washington, D.C., MC’s 2008 breakout project, The Mixtape About Nothing, spoke to Rolling Stone about the unlikely couple’s recent collaboration.
Jerry Seinfeld, star and writer of NBC’s '90s sitcom smash Seinfeld, will be assisting the Maybach Music Group rapper on his upcoming musical ode to the show. The record comes after free projects The Mixtape About Nothing, which featured a cameo from Seinfeld actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and was anchored by audio snippets from classic episodes, and 2010’s More About Nothing, which preceded the eccentric MC’s deal with MMG.
"Someone sent (The Mixtape About Nothing) to me and I got a kick out of it," said Seinfeld when asked how his relationship with Wale first blossomed. "Wale came to a show – I think it was in Philly – and we hung out a little bit. And he's a very nice kind of a guy."
The crossing of stars from such different worlds may surprise some, but both have always seemed to get a kick out of doing the unexpected. “It's always fun when you cross over lines,” said Seinfeld, "It's always fun to go into somebody else's thing and vice versa."
Wale explained the show’s influence on his writing style in a 2008 interview with Wired.com, "I just feel like there’s a lot of things in that show that inspire me to write and talk about different issues. That’s my favorite sitcom."
The respect is mutual. In addition to co-signing the rapper’s upcoming third album, Seinfeld also acknowledged the similarities between their respective crafts. "There's no difference between rapping and stand-up," he said. "You're trying to catch people's attention with a catchy thought or something that's deeper than it seems."
With The Album About Nothing slated to drop in 2013, this appears to be a match made in heaven. Catch more from Jerry Seinfeld on the upcoming season of his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
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