D.C.’s Wale has been getting lots of hype now that he’s teamed up with Lady Ga Ga. He’s got smooth flow and generally witty delivery, so I get it, but I can’t say I fell all over his “Mixtape About Nothing” that so many folks raved on. I haven’t heard all of this new one yet, but what I have heard is some of his best work. Probably because 9th Wonder knows how to break an MC. Oh, and because Jean Grae makes an appearance. Best female MC in the game.
More surprising, though, is the quality on War Angel–50 Cent’s new mixtape. I found his last two albums pretty weak–less mean, more filler–but this mixtape (he calls it an “LP” because of the sound and song quality) is promising. And it’s way better than Em’s official release.