With his upcoming release slated for December, Wale recently called into the Russ Parr Morning Show to talk about working with Jerry Seinfeld on the project. Speaking from California, Wale also detailed the progression of the About Nothing trilogy and broke down how he resolved his feud with Meek Mill.
“I was a big fan of Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld,” he said. “I watched the show a lot. So I did a Mixtape About Nothing in 2007. I just poked a lot of fun at society and the industry ‘cause what was hot at the time was ‘snap your fingers’ and all that. So I had an interesting perspective on the industry. Basically I just ran with that, I did a Mixtape About Nothing and I used the a lot of dialogue from Seinfeld. And then, 2010, you know, by this point I’m signed to Interscope and I have a different perspective on things and I did the More About Nothing mixtape. I used more dialogue from Seinfeld. Now, we’re here in 2014, I’m using a lot of personal things and things that are going on in my life now as well as exclusive content from Jerry Seinfeld and a little bit of the show.”
Explaining Seinfeld’s impact on the album, Wale said that he’s “just offering perspective.”
“You know how you do every morning,” he added of the Russ Parr show itself. “It’s like a lot of philosophy in ya’ll show. It’s a lot of philosophy and you guys poke fun at the culture, but it also teaches you something. You know, Kanye was really good at that on College Dropout. You know: ‘We ain’t got it, we broke, broke.’ ‘Broke Phi Broke’ and all that other stuff, it was comical but it was also waking you up to certain things. I feel like this album is what would happen if Jerry Seinfeld did a Spike Lee joint.”
Fielding a question about whether Rick Ross played a significant role in resolving his beef with Meek Mill, Wale responded, “Nah, he was high,” with a laugh.
“He was high,” he said. “Rozay was though. He gon’ come in that joint smelling like a tree trunk. But that’s how he is though. He was just like, ‘Man, what? We ain’t talking ‘bout this right now.’ The crazy thing about it, Meek ended up going to jail like two days later. So it’s like bad. You have an argument with somebody and then something bad happen and you like, ‘Damn.’ So it was bad for me in that regard.”
Wale added that he’s also recorded with Meek Mill’s cousin Omelly.
“I actually did a song with his cousin, his best friend,” he said of “Break Me Down.” “That dropped. And I even poked fun at Meek and me arguing on the record. It’s all good. I think he come home in late September or late this month, so it’s all good.”
Asked if he would admit to a similarity with Kanye West, a comparison a co-host brought up herself, Wale claimed that “[speaking] articulately” is reserved for only a few artists.
“In the game right now, where it’s like they shunning brothers that speak articulately, you kind of understand where they get that from. They be like, ‘Well there’s only like three Black dudes that are allowed to speak articulately without them saying, “Oh, what you trying to be a cornball brother?”’ I go places and stuff like that and it’s just like, you gotta come where you come from dog but guess what? I think it’s cool to be smart. I think it’s cool to be multifaceted.”