Lil Wayne
I Am Not a Human Being


2.5
average

Review

by Bulldog USER (114 Reviews)
September 28th, 2010 | 129 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “I Am Not a Human Being” is Lil Wayne’s “Recovery”, but that’s not saying much.

Riddle me this - what do Battleship and I Am Not A Human Being have in common?

They're both hit-and-miss.

Weezy has never been able to achieve consistency in his discography, from his chaotic mixtape binge of '06 and '07 to the varying quality of his studio releases. Even on a solely song-basis he’s all over the place. One second he’ll have you groaning at a corny, sh*t-related joke, and then right after that he’ll make your jaw drop with a wowing punchline. I Am Not A Human Being is no trend breaker either. The entire EP is a roller coaster ride with mixed performances and stylistic sporadicity. Lil Wayne hops from ripping double-time to conversational flow, lyrical gem to lyrical dud, looping, buzzing Martian instrumental to soaring synth R&B cut with low BPMs.

So is it worth listening to? Barely. This EP succeeds for the same reason it fails: it’s like Tha Carter III all over again. It’s a vast improvement over the auditory genocide that was Rebirth, yet, it’s not Tha Carter II. The album’s high points are indicative of the potential Tha Carter IV has. Lil Wayne has always been fairly good at R&B tracks, and that ability shines through on the album’s best track “Popular”. You may find the beat to be vaguely reminiscent of something else, and if you do, you’re on the right track. It’s a synth-and-pianos cover of The Killers’ “When You Were Young” with an oddly catchy Lil Twist hook. Technically speaking, the title track is much better. There, we find Lil Wayne kicking ass over some angsty guitars and a garbage can drum, which is something Rebirth could have used a lot of. “I’m Single” – another R&B-influenced track, which there are a good deal of – although only taking the bronze, has an interesting delivery. Lil Wayne dips in and out of stream-of-consciousness flow and narrative commentary,

However, the album has its pitfalls, although they aren’t as drastic as Tha Carter III’s. From the sh*tty punchlines about sh*t to the STD-referencing hook and the frustrating Drake feature, “Gonnorhea” epitomizes just about everything Weezy has done wrong post-Tha Carter II, save the Avril Lavigne instrumentals seen on the atrocity that was Rebirth. But that’s not the worst of it. “That Ain’t Me” features Jay Sean singing a whiny, cheesy hook that would appear on a song by a 90’s boy band such as N’Sync. “Bill Gates” is a closer that ends on a sour note, that note being Weezy talking about all the wrong things, such as Vans and killing people, as he’s better at full-out braggadocio than making threats and discussing the same stuff you would at Hot Topic.

On I Am Not A Human Being, Wayne’ll have you in awe one moment, and then saying “aww” in disappointment the next. Such is the way of the post-II era it seems. I Am Not A Human Being is the continuance of a moderate rut Wayne’s been in since ’08, and for now, it seems that we just have to hope for Tha Carter IV to prevail.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
hydeyomoney
September 29th 2010


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

review's gay

title track's fucking bomb

Bulldog
September 29th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks for the pos fag.

yes it is.

i like popular better :3

illmitch
September 29th 2010


5429 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

pretty good, but a third of this is your irrelevant intro

you really need to come up with better intros, youve gotten a lot better at writing but your intros
are still godawful and remind me of the stories i would tell in extemporaneous speaking to introduce
my speeches

Bulldog
September 29th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks mitch. yea im thinking about shortening it down quite a bit though.

Gyromania
September 29th 2010


15941 Comments


You give this guy way too much credit. Good review, pos.

Bulldog
September 29th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks gyro. appreciate it dude.

surprised at how much activity this thread is getting already

East Hastings
September 29th 2010


4392 Comments


Wayne’ll have you in awe one moment, and then saying “aww” in disappointment the next.
I enjoyed this

Satellite
September 29th 2010


20826 Comments


Bulldog is from Michigan? I had no idea.

Urinetrouble
September 29th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i laughed a cony and shit related, good review

RosaParks
September 29th 2010


14936 Comments


any track wit drake is terrible because hes a faggot

Bulldog
September 29th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks urine and east hastings.

also satellite you know dang well im from michigan.

speaking of which, 4-0 B)

illmitch
September 29th 2010


5429 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

cut the bad intro and replace it with more analysis of lyrics maybe

seriously about the intros though every review of yours ive read lately has the same sort of intro, and none of them work afaic

Urinetrouble
September 29th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

so bulldog im guesing you ots lots of icp and eminem loving wiggers there?

Gyromania
September 29th 2010


15941 Comments


[i]also satellite you know dang well im from michigan.[/]

I'm from Windsor!

RosaParks
September 29th 2010


14936 Comments


I live just outside of Detroit. About 4 streets from 8 mile.

Bulldog
September 29th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Italicized album titles and also changed that intro just for you Mitch

Gyromania
September 29th 2010


15941 Comments


Do people not know where Windsor is?

Dryden
September 29th 2010


13058 Comments


" READ MY NEW REVIEW AND POS IT FAG."

Satellite
September 29th 2010


20826 Comments


I guess I do remember you lol'ing about me living in Midland, bulldog.

Good review btw. Pos'd.

Bulldog
September 29th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks dawg.

which windsor are you talking about gyro.



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