Lil Wayne's album I Am Not a Human Being II arrived March 26th from his label, Young Money. On paper, it's impressive: It is his tenth LP, he is only 30-year-old, and the record dropped at the height of a medical scare that landed the New Orleans-born rapper in urgent care of seizures on multiple occasionals. Still, critics used to the hard punches Wayne packed into his prior releases weren't floored with the latest effort. IANAHB2 comes away with a 5.4 rating.
The feeling of reviewing mass seemed to be that the rapper had finally run out of things he felt like talking about. What resulted was half-hearted work from a hip-hop mogul who might still be preoccupied with visions of skateboards and electric guitars spinning in his head.
Some even argued that an (allegedly) sober Weezy was less dynamic than a codeine-saturated one.
“This is exactly the record you'd expect to hear from Weezy in 2013: a solid album by a brilliant MC who's half-interested.” (Rolling Stone)
“He still radiates exuberance and ecstasy and rebelliousness, the hallmarks of his rise to hip-hop’s creative and commercial peaks. But the words he puts together don’t shock the way they once did.” (New York Times)
"When the first Human Being came out, there was a feeling that Wayne had just thrown together the tracks he had in the vault ... but somehow, despite different tones and sounds, it sounded like a cohesive project. ... This one is another mix of random ideas, but thrown together with a little less care and attention to detail." (XXL)
The final tally puts Wayne's new release just over the halfway mark between ungodly awful and groundbreaking. Judging by the response, it would appear that he is, in fact, human. And, at this stage in his life, a pretty mediocre one at making new tunes.
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