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Lil Wayne Drops 10th Album

May 1, 2013

Lil Wayne's / Am Not a Human Being II album opens with a familiar sound - someone's flicking a lighter. It's Weezy's sonic signature, a longrunning nod to the weed, women, booze and bravado that has shaped so many of his musical releases, including his latest.

Now on his 10th album, singles like No Worries and the Mike WiLL Made It-produced (Expletives) Love Me suggest that Wayne's priorities haven't changed. Luckily for fans, he covers familiar territory with fresh, tweetworthy punchlines. But if you're looking for storytelling, look elsewhere. Wayne's expertise is in lyrical zingers.

He unleashes a dazzling array on the 2 Chainz-assisted Rich as (Expletive), which features a standout, swaggering beat from producer TMinus. "AK on my night stand, right next to that Bible/But I swear with these 50 shots, I'll shoot it out with 5O/Pockets gettin' too fat, no Weight Watchers, no lipo," Wayne raps.

His performance on the song may very well convince on-the-fence fans that the YMCMB captain still has passion for his craft He's entertaining on Trippy, one of two tracks produced by Juicy J and Crazy Mike. "I got high, and fell asleep loaded/I woke up and got high again/OK, I'm reloaded," Wayne raps, making no apologies for his recreational activities.

He's a sinister presence over the equally sinister beat of the production duo's Trigger Finger, and seems to laugh about his 2010 eight-month jail stint on Gunwalk featuring Gudda Gudda.

The songs are reminders of a more focused Wayne - a version of the rapper that seems to be absent from tracks like Curtains, where he phones in lines like "I'm getting cake like I'm Jewish/my (expletive) Drake, he Jewish."

He rages through the heavy metalinfluenced "Hello," but crossing genres doesn't change the same tired content And while the hook on God Bless Amerika promises a more thoughtful Wayne, his verses don't measure up - a disappointment considering his stillrevered status as the best rapper in the game.

Overall, Wayne meets expectations for Wayne these days - not saying much (of substance), but giving listeners plenty to talk about.




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Source: Copyright Chicago Defender (IL) 2013


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