With his tenth solo album "I Am Not A Human Being 2", Lil' Wayne proves once again that he's not quite of this earth.
Lil Wayne has always differentiated himself from us mere mortals,Â somethingÂ heÂ clearlyÂ setÂ out to proveÂ again with I Am Not A Human Being II, his tenth (and possibly final)Â studioÂ album.Â He's explored the outer limits of the rap game with this one,Â bringing fellow rappersÂ 2 Chainz, Nicki Minaj, Drake and Future along for the ride.
IANAHB2Â is the sequelÂ to Weezyâs 2009 album of the same name, whichÂ was digitally released right before he wasÂ checked into New Yorkâs Rikerâs Island for a nine-month sentence stemming from a gun possession charge.Â
The albumÂ beginsÂ with nothing but the New Orleans native and a piano onÂ the title track. RipeÂ with metaphors and punchlines that weâve come to love and expect from Wayne, it's a levelheaded beginning toÂ an intense trip, likeÂ the briefing before the voyage - orÂ the calm before the storm. Â
Even though he's currently on probation until November of this year, the Young Money generalÂ staysÂ strapped on tracks such asÂ âGunwalkâ and âTrigger Finger.â Throughout the 18-track album, heÂ touches on few subjects other than drugs, sex and violence, but continuously comes up with clever andÂ colorfulÂ ways to describe his favorite activities -Â "She about to blow me like a signing bonus",Â "She ride me like a drive-by",Â "I got her workin', twerkin' and slurpin'Â my serpent"Â andÂ "I be grindin'Â these hoes like a half pipe", for example.Â
Hardly modest, at one pointÂ WayneÂ declaresÂ heâs a god and "should wear a turban". On 'Curtains',Â heÂ burstsÂ with braggadocio rhymes:Â
"Iâll punch your man in his eye, give him a shinerÂ /Â I'll blind him, him and whoever cosign himÂ /Â I get at 'em like YolondaÂ /Â Young Money Cash Money's ObamaÂ /Â It's fuck the world, no condom /Â If he twisted, I'll unwind himÂ /Â And this pistol came with a silencer".Â
Wayneâs love for illegal substances has never been a secret, and onÂ the chopped and screwed âTrippyâ collaboration with Juicy J,Â he pays homage to weed, pills and thatÂ purple stuff. It was onlyÂ right to have the trippy kingÂ featured.Â After listening to this song, weÂ come to understandÂ exactly howÂ Weezy stays so high aboveÂ the clouds.
"Iâm stoned, Mick Jagger, I can run around SaturnÂ /Â Eyes rolling back and keep blinking like hazards /Â I said king me, king with my mushroom crown onÂ /Â I graduated to better drugs, my cap and gown onÂ /Â Donât knock me off of my high horseÂ /Â What I do is my choiceÂ /Â Iâm high as the scoreboardÂ /Â Bitch look up at my pointsÂ /Â Iâm trippin out, cotton mouthÂ /Â I got high and fell asleep loadedÂ /Â I woke up and got high againÂ /Â Ok, Iâm reloaded".Â
Unfortunately,Â less than two weeksÂ before the release of IANAHB2, Wayne proved to be very human when he was hospitalized for six days after suffering from another bout of seizures. We all got quite the scare on March 15th - here's hoping he flies safely from now on.Â
On the other end of the spectrum,Â the realest and most reflectiveÂ track on the albumÂ is âGod Bless Amerikaâ: "Everybody wanna tell me what I needÂ /Â You can play a role in my life but not the leadÂ /Â If thereâs food for thought then Iâm guilty of greedÂ /Â Mama said take what you want, I took heed". There are moments when Tunechi comes back down to earth.Â
Although he'sÂ one ofÂ the biggest names in rap,Â Wayne seemsÂ determined to have his presence felt in the world of rock as well, most recently demonstrated by his collaboration with the resurgentÂ Limp Bizkit, who are newly signed to Cash Money: Â
The track brings to mindÂ âHelloâ and âHot Revolverâ (a Rebirth b-side) fromÂ IANAHB2.Â How're we feeling about Wayne's rock & roll capabilities at this point?Â
Other features on the album includeÂ Trina, Soulja Boy, Gudda Gudda, Gunplay, Boo, Dre, and Big Sean.Â With production from Detail, Cool & Dre, Diplo, David Banner and more, the feel of IANAHB2 has one whizzing past the planets with Lil' Wayne at the helm. It confirms that, one way or another,Â Weezy staysÂ floatingÂ above his peers.Â
So far, devoutÂ fans seemÂ highly pleased (pun intended) with theÂ project. But although there are several standout tracks on the album, it's not as cohesive as his previous work. Each track is vastly different from the next, likeÂ snapshots ofÂ planetsÂ Wayne visited as heÂ soaredÂ through outer space during the recording process.Â Like space travel, it can be disorienting at times. Despite Birdman's recent claims, it hardly recalls "the traditional Cash Money sound" (see 'Hello' and 'Hot Revolver').Â
Weezy has called himself the âbest rapper aliveâ,Â and the first-week sales ofÂ Tha Carter IIIÂ andÂ IVÂ (1,005,545 and 964,000,Â respectively) have helped bolster this claim. WhetherÂ IANAHB2Â will see the same success remains to be seen.
We have a feeling this isn't the last we'll be hearing of Tunechi. Let us know what you think.Â