Wale on Top of the Charts with a Little Help from Jerry Seinfeld
ATLANTA — Wale always wanted to feature Jerry Seinfeld in his music, but didn’t know how to reach the superstar actor-comedian, who initially knew nothing about the rapper.
But then the Grammy-nominated performer met Seinfeld’s wife, a Wale fan and hip-hop enthusiast.
“She’s a big hip-hop fan and of my music,” Wale said of Jessica Seinfeld, a cookbook author and philanthropist who Wale said has many friends in the hip-hop industry, including Jay Z. “She was the middle man on a lot of things because Jerry is super busy. He’s not an easy person to reach. But she was able to put it all together.”
Sure, some would call Wale and Seinfeld an odd couple. But when they met, Wale said, they instantly clicked.
The duo spent two years working together and Wale calls their chemistry “natural.” Now, the rapper is eager for listeners to hear the finish product, “The Album About Nothing,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week and dethroned Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly.”
“I liked his outlook on certain things. He’s super smart,” Wale said of Seinfeld. “He’s a wise person that I can learn a lot from and knows about the entertainment business.”