Image Credit: Erika Goldring/Retna LtdIf success in the music business is strictly based on albums sales and radio play, Wale is a failure. In 2008 the witty rhymer and Washington, D.C. native was riding high off the success of his Mixtape About Nothing, a charming set created around samples from NBC’s classic sitcom Seinfeld.
With a critically acclaimed mixtape in hand, Wale seemed set, and anticipation built for his debut album, Attention Deficit. Though critics generally adored it, oddly enough, fans didn’t pay attention when it came out last winter. The effort led by its Lady Gaga-assisted single sold a measly 28,000 copies in its first week.
But rather than sulk in defeat, Wale regrouped. He dropped out of the limelight and even took a break from his frenetic Twitter updates to record new music. And the time away was well worth it. Two weeks ago, he returned with the follow-up to his Seinfeld-inspired tape, More About Nothing. Another stellar offering, the free tape has amassed more than 300,000 downloads. This explains how he accomplished such a feat last night (August 16), selling out New York’s Highline Ballroom with his A Show About Nothing, hosted by Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson.
Clad in a Chicago Bulls fitted cap, a black polo shirt and jeans, the 25-year-old Wale arrived on stage as horns from D.C.’s premiere go-go band U.C.B. blared behind him. Wale opened with “The MC” from his latest tape, then followed with “Mirror” from his album. Ever the showman, he pulled two camera-wielding fans out of the crowd to record his performance from both sides of the stage. READ FULL STORY