Yesterday Billboard reported that retailers worried that this new eight studio album from Lil Wayne would set a new trend for digital releases and well, “I’m Not a Human Being” currently tops both the Hip Hop/Rap-section and the Over all-chart section at iTunes, but does it have to be a bad thing? I really don’t think so, if evolution didn’t existed in technology as well we’d be back in the stone age and listening to the sound of someone clapping a pair of rocks together.
Anyway it’s not a big surprise that “I’m Not a Human Being” tops the iTunes-chart, cause Mr. Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr has ALOT to make up for since he released “Rebirth” back in February this year. The anticipation on some new “real” Lil Wayne material has been thorough the roof. And I’m glad to say, “I’m Not a Human Being” is everything that “Rebirth” wasn’t. Wayne has actually managed to pull himself out of the deep swamp of rock/rap and created something that is fun, has great productions from the likes of Boi-1da, Cool & Dre, Drumma Boi, Kane Beatz among others, great features from the Young Money family such as Drake, Jay Sean, Lil Twist, Nicki Minaj, Jae Millz, Tyga, Gudda Gudda, Lil Chuckee and T-Streets and over all is a really really enjoyable experience. So, in other words, yes, Lil Wayne make great amends.
One thing that irritates me though is the fact that the album is a bit too short. 10 tracks, 43 minutes and 6 seconds. We all do know the explanation by now, originally “I’m Not a Human Being” was slated to be released as an EP today on Weezy’s 28th birthday, from Rikers Island, the jail complex where he is locked up until the 4th of November. Things evolved and an EP turned into an album since Wayne felt that his sound had changed so much that he wanted to redo “Tha Carter IV” from square one. Most songs that appear on “I’m Not a Human being” was set for “Tha Carter IV” and some of them are over a year old. Not that the time matters, quality tracks are timeless, but I do fear what’s in store for the real “Tha Carter IV” that’s slated for a release in 2011. I fer that Weezy’s will go back to his “new” sound rock/rap and my worst nightmare, do features with Linkin’ Park.
But that’s just in the speculative future, let’s concentrate on the present an the tracks.
I’ve already written about most of the track in previous posts like the lead single ‘Right Above It‘ ft. Drake, the VD-tune Gonorrhoea‘ ft. Drake, the massive ‘What’s Wrong With Them‘ ft. Nicki Minaj, the funny ballad ‘With You‘ ft. Drake, the title track ‘I’m Not a Human Being‘ and ‘I’m Single’ ft. Drake.
Two of the best tracks off the album ‘YM Salute’ and ‘YM Banger’ are not featured on the digital release as they serves as the bonus tracks on the physical one that drops the 12th of October. Nicki Minaj gave away the first one featuring herself, Lil Twist, Lil Chuckee, Gudda Gudda & Jae Millz earlier this week and the second one ‘YM Banger’ features Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda, Tyga and is actually slightly better as the beat is highly addictive.
Another track I actually enjoy is ‘Popular’ ft. Lil Twist produced by Cool & Dre which is built around Weezy’s verse on ‘Bedrock’ and even if it feel a bit like hearing a rerun I know my bestie gonna call me some Saturday night in the near future at 2 am, drunk off her ass and sing it for me.
The only track I don’t really don’t fancy (besides the title track) is the StreetRunner-produced ‘That Ain’t Me’ featuring Jay Sean. And this for two reasons, the first is Jay Sean, shit he sounds so weak and the second is Wayne’s usage of the “No Homo”-phrase. As soon as I heard it it was just #CURTAIN and then #NEXT. I’m sorry, but all you dudes that still use that (and the word swag), please update your vocabulary (the same goes for all you anonymous hater-commentators on this site, if you wanna say something, please do speak your mind, but if you’re hating on me, well at least have the guts to sign with your name, if not, well, zip it and take a wank instead, figure that’s more giving as you might release some of the obvious tension you got build up inside).
That said, I give “I’m Not a Human Being” a four out of five. It’s a great buy and proves that even behind bars, Lil Wayne can easy claim the greatest rapper alive-title, I just hope this is not the last great album we hear from Weezy F. Baby and that he stay off that rock/rap-path.
|Lil Wayne ft. Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda & Tyga – ‘YM Banger’ YSI|
|Lil Wayne ft. T-Streets – ‘Hold Up’ (prod. by The Olympicks) YSI|