Wale’s first big break was 2008’s Seinfeld-themed The Mixtape About Nothing, but his critical stock has fallen since then. That became painfully clear last winter when the rapper angrily called Complex to complain about his 2013 release The Gifted being left off the magazine’s list of the year’s best albums, a rant the Complex staff recorded and released to the internet. Complex’s latest cover story cleverly conflates the incident with Wale’s Seinfeld-oriented history: It’s an interview with Wale and Jerry Seinfeld, who are apparently friends in real life now. (Seinfeld recorded new material for Wale’s upcoming The Album About Nothing.) In a fictional video short they produced to go along with the story, Seinfeld and Wale sit at a Lower East Side diner, Seinfeld ranting about Complex’s list and urging Wale to call and complain. It’s pretty funny; watch below.
There are also a few snippets of genuine conversation between Wale and Seinfeld. Here they are discussing Twitter hecklers, strip clubs, and the burden of celebrity:
The Album About Nothing is coming soon via Maybach Music Group.