No Ceilings, both parts one and two, are mixtapes where Lil Wayne takes other artists’ beats and raps over them. When the first installment was released on Halloween of 2009, trending sounds belonged to Jay Z, Kanye West, Drake, and Gucci Mane. “D.O.A.,” Jay Z’s auto-tune-killing track was chosen, as was instrumental for “Ice Cream Paint Job.” “Run This Town,” “Wasted,” and a couple David Guetta tunes help to capture the vibe of where that tape was headed, from a production standpoint anyways.
The beats chosen on No Ceilings 2 are further proof that Drake is at the top of this game. (The game of mainstream, relatively substance-less rap music, anyways). There are six Drake/Future collaborations picked, along with a solo Drake cut (“Back to Back”), a Bryson Tiller joint and a Weeknd track, all of which at least stem from the OVO sound. Fetty Wap and Post Malone are artists that didn’t really exist back in ’09, while Eminem’s “My Name Is” beat is fairly random and out of place.
The worst part about the beats is that they don’t even sound like the proper instrumentals. “Diamonds Dancing” lacks the richness that Metro Boomin laced the original with, as do most of the other beats. The “White Iverson” isn’t the same, and neither is “Jumpman;” it’s close but something's a little off. Why couldn’t Wayne get the proper instrumentals? Were the instrumentals on the first No Ceilings just more banging to begin with, thus creating a more exciting end product? Let us know.