Lil Wayne
Tha Block Is Hot


2.5
average

Review

by Bulldog USER (114 Reviews)
April 12th, 2010 | 39 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: There are flames, and then there are flame retardants, and the two reactions cancel one another out on this effort. Regardless, this is an interesting record.

With all his recent commercial success (Tha Carter II, Tha Carter III, an assortment of hit singles,) legal troubles (he’s currently serving a twelve month jail sentence stemming from a gun charge and is facing various other charges) and consensus musical failure (Rebirth) it’s easy enough to forget – or even disregard – Lil Wayne’s storied past. A teenage sensation with the Hot Boyz who went from having baby-dreads, undeniable hype, and a Lexus to having a flowing mane, a musical empire, and a Maybach in a decade. When he released his double-platinum record Tha Block Is Hot in 1999, he was only 17, and although the motives for the hype were justified, the seven-digit sale figures were not.

In a word, this record can be described as “raw.” Even though (future) superproducer Mannie Fresh was not yet equipped with top-tier equipment, and hadn’t yet completely figured out the art of record producing, he still produces some top-notch tracks. Aside from a few misfires like “High Beamin.” “Young Playa,” “Drop It Like Is Hot” and “Remember Me,” Mannie Fresh’s production is the main force that ties this record together. The salsa-like composition of “Respect Us,” high, bursting horns and resounding percussion of “Loud Pipes” and the funk bass guitar echos and sorrowful piano sample of “F@ck Tha World” are just examples of highlight tracks that carry the weight of the shallow, inexperienced lyricism and unrefined delivery of Lil Wayne.

There’s a weason Wayne received his nickname later on in his career. The moniker of “Weezy” stemmed from his syrupy wheeze, which replaced his youthful nasal that he demonstrated on this album. And although that’s not a bad thing, combine it with his plain, generic flow and you have an utterly average MC. Moreover, his self-focused, materialistic musings and occasional nihilistic angst aren’t decorated with anything optimal, rendering his lyricism bland, but not to the extent that it’s noticeably bad.

Despite there being some minor filler (roughly half the album) that spans over the 70 minutes and 17 tracks, Lil Wayne certainly creates some blazing-hot tracks. The title track sold over 2 million units as a single – which is impressive, considering the radio standards of the 90’s are easily better than today’s – and not deservedly so. “Come On” has Lil Wayne pulling his best flow on the album off. And “Loud Pipes” showcases both a catchy beat and an infectious hook courtesy of Juvenile.

An open/shut case of hit-and-miss throughout its entirety, Tha Block Is Hot not only demonstrated the talent and upside Lil Wayne possessed, but also the artistic mistakes he made. (Both the former and the latter were amplified later on in his career.) When you combine the two aforementioned elements together on one effort, you get a thoroughly average record. But, this album is interesting enough, if not for its hit singles, then for throwback experience and historic (if you could call it that) observation.



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Bulldog
April 12th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Alot of musically oblivious n00bs from my school tote Lil Wayne as the greatest rapper ever. They probably are unaware of this album's existence (and all of his other albums that aren't named "Tha Carter" I, II, II or Rebirth)



Then again, that might not be such a bad thing. Tha Carter II is his best album, in my opinion.

Athom
Emeritus
April 12th 2010


17240 Comments


wouldn't it be great if somebody stabbed his ass in prison so we wouldn't have to deal with him releasing shit?

qwe3
April 12th 2010


21814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i think he might still have something good in him.

Bulldog
April 12th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

He's being cell raped as we speak.

Bulldog
April 12th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

QWE3 SIGHTING! :D



I agree qwe.



sup?

Tits McGee
April 12th 2010


1876 Comments


I like alot of Wayne's stuff, but this is pretty bad.

Bulldog
April 12th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I like alot of Wayne's stuff,




So do I. I adored Tha Carter II and alot of his mixtape singles when I was like 11 and 12. Then Tha Carter III dropped, and I had evolved a bit, and I was like "this is totally mixed/average."

qwe3
April 12th 2010


21814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tha carter II has some of his best stuff ever on it. Tha Mobb is just perfection.



nm dog you

Bulldog
April 12th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Just hopped up out the bed, turned my swag on.



Finna go to school, and get my report card which has all F's on it. But I ain't worryin', I'll take it to tha teacha and be like, THOW SOME DEEZ ON DAT BITCH.

LepreCon
April 12th 2010


5451 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Tha Carters I and II are the only Lil Wayne records I can tolerate. Good review

Urinetrouble
April 12th 2010


5771 Comments


lolz. good review, album sucks. less lil' MORE WAYNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EyesWideShut
April 12th 2010


4844 Comments


While hes never been one of the best, this was one of the Wayne albums I can actually still enjoy due to the hot boy features and Mannie beats plus I was jamming this in the 5th grade while yall thought Will Smith was "gangsta" lol..

MUNGOLOID
April 12th 2010


4493 Comments


people must be fucked up in their head if they actually thought will smith was even close to being a gangsta. besides, lil wayne was like a plush toy when he released this album.

hipnotoad
April 12th 2010


208 Comments


Minor typo here:
“Drop It Like Is Hot”

Also, when I read that I thought of that shitty Snoop Dogg song a few years back. Man he sure went downhill now that I think about it.

Counterfeit
April 12th 2010


17837 Comments


Lol, the one Weezy album I was actually thinking might be good and it gets a 2.5

bloc
April 12th 2010


53038 Comments


Tha bloc is hot


heh heh heh

Digging: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Organisation

Counterfeit
April 12th 2010


17837 Comments


When I saw bloc in the most recent comments for this, I knew that was exactly what he was going to say.
xD

Bulldog
April 12th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5



Minor typo here:

“Drop It Like Is Hot”



Also, when I read that I thought of that shitty Snoop Dogg song a few years back. Man he sure went downhill now that I think about it.





Dammit. The Rhapsody download of this had the track as "Drop It Like Is Hot." Dumb bastards.



Also, Snoop Dogg really has only one great record, and we all know what that is.



MALICE IN WONDERLAND



just kidding.

Dryden
April 12th 2010


13553 Comments


lol average rating

Mars Blackmon
April 12th 2010


351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Finally someone answered my call to review this and fuck you this is not 2.5



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