Lil Wayne / I Am Not A Human Being / Universal Motown
You can take away a man’s pride, but you can’t take away his creativity. Such a case could be made for rap mogul Lil Wayne who dismissed the idea of an extended play and transformed I Am Not A Human Being into a full-length dripping with originality and bloodless swagger. Gone is the auto-tuned pop rock fixation as the Louisiana lyricist cripples verses using his unconscious flair for playing matchmaker with words. “He been fussin’ all day with her and I make her feel special like a place kicker”, spits Wayne on the risque love anthem “I’m Single”, that’s more apt for Drake’s adoration for dramatic tones.
That’s not to say the teacher has fallen for his protege’s style. The title track crosses streams with Rebirth but mixes well with a bloodthirsty pitch barely sprinkled across a disc infused with 60s’ soul (“With You”) and standard hip hop declarations (“Bill Gates”). “Popular” comes out of the gate as an awkward mess but finds its stride clashing the disc’s best rhymes with a contagious hook, thus distancing itself from lackluster moments like the uncanny “Gonorrhea” and pushing forward the album’s artistic worth. I Am Not A Human Being is not a masterpiece because of the mixtape feel but it is a rebound with back-to-basic qualities tracing Lil Wayne’s natural yet inhuman ability to express himself.
Download: “Popular (ft. Lil Twist)”, “With You (ft. Drake)”
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