Review Summary: This is just another example of how not to make music.
Recently, Lil Wayne’s mainstream success has been astounding. His past two albums Tha Carter II and Tha Carter III sold 1.2 million and 1 million copies in their first weeks, respectively. In an attempt to gain even MORE fans, Lil Wayne made the decision to make a rock-rap crossover album, and he was self-assured it would be epic. But, after leaks, featured singles, and months of delays, Rebirth only sold 176,000 copies in its first week. Although his sales were screwed over by the music industry, with this awful album, Lil Wayne screwed his own career over.
This is surely not an album that will make me miss Wayne while he serves his time. Just by sheer observation of the track listing, it’s quite obvious that Lil Wayne will flounder around with the concept of rock. With no guests that obtain the slightest knowledge of the rock genre, Lil Wayne proceeds to abuse the guitar, and runs completely counter to the basic singing style of the rock genre.
Excluding “Drop the World” Lil Wayne approaches rock’n’roll singing in a god awful manner. With his whispy, asthmatic, syrupy voice and lazy delivery, Wayne brings absolutely no rock-esque energy to this rock album. In addition, the tragic misuse of the guitar is, quite frankly, despicable. The production fails to deliver anything but annoying, with watered-down screeches, unamplified power strumming, and uncoordinated breakdowns, Lil Wayne exhibits how little he knows about rock.
But, at least that’s the worst part. If it’s possible to get past the terrible instrumentals – which would be quite the impeccable feat – you can then move onto the poor lyrics. Ranging from depressed, heartbroken rants from a pedophilic perspective (“Prom Queen”) to black, violent angst (“Drop the World”) to examination of sexually attractive women (“On Fire,”) Lil Wayne words his lyrics in such a way that carefully scrutinization of Rebirth’s libretto results in facepalming. Re-rhyming is present, punchlines are absent, and intellectual metaphors remain to be found.
All in all, Rebirth is an album devoid of any quality presented in any way shape or form. Lil Wayne may not be able to make good music, and may be disappointed by album sales, but perhaps he shall learn how to conduct a proper album. This is just another example of how not to make music.
good 1st review but try doing something that hasn't been reviewed or if you do, give it another rating or bring something new with you review. we've already heard how much this sucks so let's move on.
nothing personal btw
I disagree wholeheartedly with that statement. I think he made this album because he truly believed that it would be well-received by fans and critics alike. And as bad as it is, there are scattered hints of genius throughout it. The guy just has no sense of direction whatsoever.
However, I would advise you to work on lenght and, next time, pick an album/review that does not run the risk of sounding redundant. As you can see, there are four 1/5 reviews for this album already, including yours. To make an impact here, you should present something new, as well as keep the quality evidenced in this review.
Pass marks this time, but here's hoping your next effort is even better!