Lil Wayne
I Am Not a Human Being


3.0
good

Review

by nthomas504 USER (5 Reviews)
October 2nd, 2010 | 39 replies | 18,181 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Does this help him soar, or bring him down to earth?

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Ever since the rise of rappers like Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, and even his Young Money Crew such as Tyga, Nicki Minaj, and of course the massive success of Aubrey Graham, AKA Drake, Wayne has seen himself on the decline. I've noticed that ever since Tha Carter III, Wayne hasn't even attempted to get back on the level he was on. Sure Wayne hasn't been the most lyrical rapper out there, but thats why we have our Wu-Tang's, Mos Def's, and to a certain extent, Jay and Kanye. He doesn't have a past hustling background like T.I, or Rick Ross (Or at least what his persona tells us). Wayne is just here to rap. The reason why C3 was so successful critically and commercially is because Wayne didn't think about what he was doing, there was no concept to it, it was all over the place, but everybody bobbed their heads to the singles, and everyone was feeling the non-singles. Then he focus his next work on a certain concept. In that was the birth of Rebirth, originally a rerelease of C3. The main reason why it failed was because Wayne was trying too hard to focus on one thing, and while some songs were good (Runnin, Drop tha World), most were not. So here we are at his 8th Studio Album.

There couldn't have been a better name for his album. It seems like Wayne is not the same as you or me, and that he thinks of life differently then you or me think of it. The album opens up with a spacey beat thanks to Kane Beatz. Wayne treats this track as if it were opening Tha Carter IV, great rhymes like "And im s**tin on em like Two Girls and One cup" make this track great throughout, and while Drake provides a solid verse, he cant keep up with Wayne on this one. Drake get him back though on Right Above It, even though he's spitin his Tim Westwood "Freestyle", but Wayne doesnt slack though and give a satisfying performance. That Ain't Me is a track that I'd wish he would have saved for C4, its a well-crafted track that feels like classic Wayne, and is a definite standout. The title track sounds like a highlight from Rebirth, and is good in its own right. It leaked months ago, but Wayne added a new verse and goes with the spacey theme of the album. Probably the best track on the album though is saved for last with Bill Gates. Its the closest we're gonna get to 2007-2008 mixtape Wayne, just going on a track for 4 minutes with nothing but ill lines, and its a great way to end the album.

This album, however, is far from classic. Hold Up gives us good lines from Wayne, but an absolutely horrible verse from labelmate T-Streets, no wonder he didn't get to rap on Young Money's album. Popular sounds like a Lil Twist, Diggy Simmons type of track. Wayne using his Bedrock verse as the chorus makes this song sound kinda rushed, and serves no purpose on here. With You sounds like a poor man's Kanye beat, with Wayne telling a lazy love story with Drake singing, Skip it. Nicki is also used for the hook for the so-so What's Wrong With Them that sounds ok when you first hear it but gets worse everytime you here it.
And Single was just placed her to make the tracklist larger.

When you look at this album, even if you didn't know that Wayne was in jail, you know that it isn't a cohesive body of work. If it remained an EP, maybe I would give it a 3.5, or maybe a 4. However its not an EP, its an album. Wayne scrapped this stuff to start all over again. But in all honesty, I would take 2007's The Leak over this. Many of the tracks are good, but when almost half your album has problems, those problems take away from the many strength's that this album has. There is a very good thing about this album however. If tracks like Right Above it, That Aint Me, or Bill Gates didnt make it, then things are looking really great for Tha Carter IV.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
morrissey
Moderator
October 2nd 2010



1688 Comments


Great debut review! We look forward to more contributions in the future.

Obfuscation24
October 2nd 2010



3939 Comments


Great review man, definitely not checking out this album though hahah

bloc
October 2nd 2010



34761 Comments


E'RY DAY WE HUSTLIN'
E'RY DAY WE HUSTLIN'
E'RY DAY WE HUSTLIN'
E'RY DAY WE HUSTLIN'
E'RY DAY WE HUSTLIN'

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PuddlesPuddles
October 2nd 2010



4772 Comments


Just minor things:

he thinks of life differently then you or me think of it.


*than
even though he's spitin his Tim Westwood "Freestyle", but


*spittin'


Other than that, just try t


SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2010



15801 Comments


holy cow, good first review

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illmitch
October 2nd 2010



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this is a really really good review, i haven't checked this out but it's exactly what i assume it'll sound like based on what weezy's output has been lately

LepreCon
October 2nd 2010



3882 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Excellent review.

So i take it this tit is out of prison then?

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JasonStatham
October 2nd 2010



21 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

wanted to like this but god it just sucks

nthomas504
October 2nd 2010



1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thank you guys for the support. I'll be sure to post more reviews of this quailty in the near future.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2010



7325 Comments


Really good first review. Probably won't be checking this out though scene as Rebirth might be the worst thing I've heard this year.

qwe3
October 3rd 2010



21355 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"say she wish she could cut my dick off and take it with her"

cleary21
October 14th 2010



671 Comments


Is this any good at all beyond the singles? Right Above it is great but i mean i dont want to waste time on this CD if thats all I'm getting.

PatchworkNeurology
January 9th 2011



352 Comments


Great album. Got some bumps in it, but still a solid release.

telebyrd
January 9th 2011



869 Comments


pos'd

Hawks
January 12th 2011



35562 Comments


I only listened to What's Wrong With Them from this and it's actually a really good song.

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Hep Kat
January 17th 2011



15335 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

right above it is so dope

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qwe3
April 18th 2011



21355 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

WEEZY

Ire
July 22nd 2011



41753 Comments


qweezy

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2011



50062 Comments


It's better than black veil brides and asking alexandria

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RosaParks
July 23rd 2011



14836 Comments


yea seriously



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