Wale doesn't judge; he just observes. That's what makes "The Kramer," his take on the cultural consequence of black culture's repurposing of the N-word, such a spectacular listen.

Wale doesn't judge; he just observes. That's what makes "The Kramer," his take on the cultural consequence of black culture's repurposing of the N-word, such a spectacular listen.

The D.C. emcee revels in how his people turned a nasty slur into "something with swag," but he just as readily acknowledges how destructive the word can still be as it continues to saturate the cultural conscience through rap music. The confusion that reigns by the song's conclusion is relatable for anybody who has wrestled with this stuff.

You gotta hear this track. And you can - for free. Wale and Nick Catchdubs' Seinfeld-themed opus, The Mixtape About Nothing, is available gratis at WaleMusic.com. It's a better introduction to the rapper than "Chillin'," the lackluster first single from his forthcoming Interscope debut, Attention Deficit.

Whether he'll bust out such a brainy banger amidst a party vibe at Garage Bar next Thursday is anybody's guess. If not, "Nike Boots" alone will be worth the price of admission.