Lil Wayne



by Justus0 USER (29 Reviews)
April 1st, 2010 | 7 replies

Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Heavily distorted guitars and bombastic rock drums littered with spoken verb, unfortunately for Mr. Wayne, is a thing of the past.

Most folks probably don't even know that Lil Wayne released a new album last month and it's definitely better it stays that way. After a hugely successful southern rap styled release in 2008, Dwayne Carter (aka Lil Wayne) thought it would be a good idea to venture into the late '90/early '00s nu metal rap-rock stylings made popular by such bands as Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit. Heavily distorted guitars and bombastic rock drums littered with spoken verb, unfortunately for Mr. Wayne, is a thing of the past.

Rebirth is a boring and trite attempt to rejuvenate a sound that needed no such resuscitation. Carter was on point with his critically acclaimed release Tha Carter III and didn't require a foray into "fresh" territory. Instead the rock ventures of Rebirth sound like a bad demo tape, almost as if Lil Wayne sat down in front of his iMac and busted out some cheesy jams in Garage Band, then started rapping over them. The first version I myself heard was an advance copy and I genuinely thought that the final street release would exhibit loads of remastering and that many of the tracks would be left on the studio floor. How I wish I was right.

Peaking at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100, the first single "Prom Queen", released in January of 2009, was an early taste of what Lil Wayne's rock experimentation would sound like. That taste was all anyone needed because thirteen months later when the album finally hit stores critics across the board had already trashed the album for it's tastelessness and flat sound. As Nathan Rabin for the Onion A.V. Club put it, "Rebirth sounds like a strange dispatch from a lost ’80s in which Wayne trafficked in cheesy power chords, cornball hard-rock atmospherics, lame guitar solos for beginners, rock clichés, and Reagan-era synthesizers." Had Lil Wayne decided to limit his wanderings to a handful of experimental tracks, accenting an album filled with what he does best, rap over hip-hop beats, I might not be writing this article. Instead foolishly he based an entire album around something he clearly has little grasp of: an authentic rock sound.

Surprisingly, four tracks have broken the Billboard Hot 100, "On Fire", "Drop The World", "Knockout", and the aforementioned lead single, but with Lil Wayne's star power, radio-play is to be expected. The only song on the entire release worth mentioning is the HIT-BOY and Chase N. Cashe produced "Drop The World" which features a re-energized Eminem. Besides these four minutes of mediocrity the remaining forty-two are an awkward and embarrassing flop.

0.5 / 5 stars

- Jonathan Kroening

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Comments:Add a Comment 
April 1st 2010


Dude, submitting three reviews in a row is totally not cool and very much frowned upon here.

April 1st 2010


Album Rating: 1.0

my bad. wasn't aware of the protocol. i'd neglected my profile here for awhile and wanted to catch up a bit on what i've been working on.

April 1st 2010


Flogging a dead horse anyway.

Incidentally, this and brokenCYDE are probably the most consensually awful albums on this site.

April 1st 2010


wait until your first review gets off the main page to post another one so your reviews don't bump someones off. or just wait and post one everyday

April 1st 2010


"Most folks probably don't even know that Lil Wayne released a new album last month and it's definitely better it stays that way."

I'm not gonna lie, you sound straight up stupid here. I'd say more people knew of this release than there was a new Spoon release a couple months ago. Lil Wayne is huge. A LOT of people knew about this...

April 1st 2010


Album Rating: 1.0

I love how we have five 1/5 reviews, and one uber-sarcastic 5/5 review for this album.

Mars Blackmon
April 2nd 2010


Album Rating: 1.0

Can someone please review The Block Is Hot? I think we are all aware that this album is a joke and therefore doesnt need another review.

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