One of today’s top Hip Hop artists, Wale, started his rise to international acclaim in the mid-’00s when his track “Dig Dug (Shake It)” became a big local hit in his Washington, D.C. hometown. Super-producer Mark Ronson put him on a remix of Lily Allen’s “Smile” and signed Wale to a production deal in 2007, adding fuel to a major-label bidding war for his talents (he landed with Interscope and later inked with Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group).
In 2008, the creative MC, who has been known to blend elements of Go Go and Soul music into his unique mix, revealed an unlikely inspiration — comedian Jerry Seinfeld — with the release of his The Mixtape About Nothing, which reference’s Seinfeld’s hit sitcom throughout. The Seinfeld love has only grown for the Grammy-nominated rapper; Wale and Seinfeld appeared on the cover of Complex magazine last year (accompanied by a hilarious interview featuring the odd couple).
Wale’s much anticipated new album (teased with the recent release of first single “The Body,” featuring singer Jeremih) will also keep him Seinfeld fanatics’ favorite rapper: The Album About Nothing
is due for release later this year.
7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15. $25. Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Corryville, bogarts.com