Rapper Wale is, arguably, the biggest Seinfeld fan in the world. He’s already released two Seinfeld-inspired mixtapes (2008’s The Mixtape About Nothing and 2010’s More About Nothing), and he managed to directly collaborate with Jerry Seinfeld for his latest album, fittingly titled The Album About Nothing, which hit stores last week. (You can read about how that collaboration came to be over at Yahoo). Now, apparently, the unexpected connection between hip-hop music and observational humor from the ’90s has really resonated with listeners, because Billboard is reporting that The Album About Nothing has debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.
Billboard says The Album About Nothing sold “100,000 equivalent album units” in its first week—whatever that means—with the soundtrack to Furious 7 coming in second place with 74,000. That’s probably because the Furious 7 soundtrack doesn’t have enough people asking what the deal with things are, a classic joke format that must still be funny. As of right now, Wale shows no indication of following up The Album About Nothing with a tribute to The Michael Richards Show—but there are probably a lot of good reasons for that.