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As an album featuring a conflated, confused ego and bearing a title that manages to simultaneously  both the marvels and the limitations of its performances, Lil Wayne’s I Am Not a Human Being reminds me a lot of Nas’s 2000 disc, God’s Son. On the latter album, Nas responded to the Jay-Z beef and his mother’s death with a set of songs that employed religion to ends both indulgent (“The Cross”) and profound (“Warrior’s Song”). Never was Nas’s prophesizing of himself as spiritual scion more annoying, and never was it more compelling.

In a similar statement of puzzling bravado, Lil’ Wayne has gone from Tha Carter III, an album titled after his familial origins -- his last name -- to an album whose title repudiates his human legacy altogether. Sorry, New Orleans, the first lines of I Am Not a Human Being give a shout out not to the neighborhood where he grew up but to “all his moon men.” Lil Wayne’s rapping voice has evolved from a hoarse, Southern-accented snarl to a puny, goblin’s chirp. His most frequent accomplice is no longer Birdman, the New Orleans label founder who practically raised Wayne, but the Canadian cross-genre crooner Drake. Even though Lil’ Wayne has been trying to tell us for the past few years that we are not the same, that he is a Martian, only now has the boast been fully realized.

The album opens with “Gonorrhea,” a manic shoot-em-up featuring Drake and a sort of spacey, synthy production that should sound new to no one. Although Drake’s verse is mostly a throwaway (he later redeems himself on “Right Above It”), Lil Wayne is about 85 percent brilliant, on-par with what he was doing on his most recent mixtape, No Ceilings. Of course there’s no overarching strategy or theme to the lyrics. The parade of insults soars past and you can decide how much you like them. So I give the thumbs-down to yawners like “Bitch, I'm in the building; you in the front yard,” but am pretty impressed by “I’ll let my goons rush ya like Moscow.” Songs trafficking in the same genre of ecstatic chest-thumping such as “Bill Gates” and “Hold Up” succeed by the moment and on the strength of how much their beats knock.

For most of I Am Not a Human Being, it seems like Wayne has forgotten how to write a verse. He’s all about couplets now. And the only conceit he’s capable of carrying is the one about fucking. He’s obviously learned this from Drake, but he’s learned it well. “With You” has a weepy soul sample and Wayne applying his tongue completely to the contours of his lover’s body. The mid-point in the chorus, where Drake takes the reigns from Wayne, is surprising and pleasurable. “I’m Single,” produced by Drake hand Noah "40" Shebib and sounding like an outtake from So Far Gone, is not as exciting as “With You” but succeeds for the same simple reason: Wayne is forced to focus for a whole song.

For a reminder of what Wayne used to be able to achieve regularly, check out “That Ain’t Me.” It features the kind of furious, lyrically intricate work that made Wayne’s name back in 2006/07. Rhymes last for entire verses, images repeat themselves in surprising ways, references to '90s television (Saved by the Bell) and video games (Mortal Kombat) show up, and there is a moment of trenchant social criticism; Wayne observes that even before Katrina, his city “was a living cesspool.” What’s odd about the song is how much it differs from the rest of I Am Not Human Being’s untopical hedonism. It’s also the only song that mentions the prison sentence Wayne has been serving for the past six months.

In the perpetual-two-a.m., limousine-interior of Lil Wayne’s world, the sun is permanently passed out and the only light comes from the king’s diamond-encrusted mouth. Everyone here is trying to enjoy himself, or else thinking up ridiculous stunts in order to stay awake. Sex can’t just be sex; it has to be stranger than a porn star’s nightmare. Violence works under similar cartoon constraints, since it’s drawn not from real life but from video games. The Lil Wayne who could make masterpieces out of autobiography (The Drought Is Over’s “La La La”), self-reflection (The Leak’s “I’m Me”) and metaphor (Tha Carter III’s “Dr. Carter”) seems to be on temporary retirement. On “Gonorrhea” Wayne raps that “It’s a crazy world, so I stay in mine.” To which I would respond as such: OK, have fun in there, Wayne, wherever you are. But when you want to return to humanity, we’ll be ready for you.

 

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Artist: http://www.lilwayne-online.com

Label: http://www.weareyoungmoney.com

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/lilwayne

  • Gonorrhea [ft. Drake]
  • Hold Up [ft. T-Streets]
  • With You [ft. Drake]
  • I Am Not a Human Being
  • I’m Single [ft. Drake]
  • What’s Wrong With Them [ft. Nicki Minaj]
  • Right Above It [ft. Drake]
  • Popular [ft. Lil Twist]
  • That Ain’t Me [ft. Jay Sean]
  • Bill Gates
  • YM Banger [ft. Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda & Tyga]
  • YM Salute [ft. Lil Twist, Lil Chuckee, Gudda Gudda, Jae Millz & Nicki Minaj]

Being in jail hardly put a damper on Lil Wayne’s media onslaught. He has released just as many music videos, freestyles and guest features during his stint in Ryker’s Island as he ever has. Wayne's manager compiled I’m Not a Human Being, an EP of all new material set to be released on Wayne’s birthday. I’m Not a Human Being aims to whet fan's appetites for Tha Carter 4, Wayne’s next studio album, much in the way 2007's The Leak preceded Tha Carter 3. The EP is due for a viral release with a possible physical release to follow in time for Christmas. I’m Not a Human Being marks Wayne's return to traditional rap following the rap-rock Rebirth fiasco.

 

 

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There's rumor this already leaked. I didn't see it though.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/daba/me-bermudajpg.jpg Daba

twill be cool hearing him do rap not rock

campari

i did, its on datpiff.com, well atleast i herd his song right above it, and wayne is in it its messed up, idk how they did it, but its a sick song

Steve

he recorded before he left. these are all tracks that wayne did for the carter IV CD and didnt make it to the final cut. prolly all lyrical samples and they were retouched, maybe added featurings to make them longer. but the first song, Right Above It is just crazy, plain talent. sounds better than ever i missed Waynes actual rap and not on a rock beat... evnethough i did learn to like it as a second option.
Free Weezy

agustin

i know bro. I still want to hear the full version of "30 minutes to new orleans" that song is the sh*t, but the versions i have heard have been low quality. cant wait to see what else he has in store

Lil_Z

Suppose to be a 10 song EP. Added the preview above.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/daba/me-bermudajpg.jpg Daba

i'm not a human being is such an old song. like seriously i got it back in march 2009 when he was orginally gonna release rebirth. they messed with that song on this video. they should change it back because it was dope

3D

yo 3D if you notice there is a new verse on this version, I had that song back in 2009 too. They added a new verse for this EP and most of these songs he had recorded for Tha Carter IV but they didn't make the cut so they had people get featured on them and now they're releasing this.

Brandon

yea im wit u 3D da first one was the best version the version go to tho

pacman

Album cover and track list added.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/daba/me-bermudajpg.jpg Daba

whats EP stand for

bran

EP = Extended Play. It's shorter than a full-length album but longer than one song.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/daba/me-bermudajpg.jpg Daba

i can't wait for this to get released. him bein in jail is reallly messin with his career.

becca

@Brandon

He actually did the entire song over (I am Not A Human Being), not just a verse.
I listened to the entire song and multiple verses are new and merged in.

UniqueNate

Can't wait til Lil Wayne and Tech N9ne collab. Tech N9ne is big as lil wayne

JJ

Lets hear that album. Happy bday weezy

Nonya

Just think lil waynes been in jail actually writing music, first time hes done that since like 2002 or some ish lol

Chris

its been released on itunes. The whole album on itunes is 12 bucks. Indivudual its 1.29

Garrett

BRO THIS ALBUM IS FINNA BE CRACKin!!!

Brieon

WHEN I FIRST HEARD THIS I ALMOST S-H-I-T MY SELF...

Andy

weee imma get me some cudi

BRANDICK

BRO. Your Lame! Your Comments Dont Show UP! STUPID DUCK!

Brieon Again

he doesn't write music down

weezy

@JJ haha you wish. Tech N9ne is nowhere near as huge as Wayne, and Wayne will never collaborate with a midwest underground rapper like him. Keep dreaming.

genericname

@genericname
haha wow way to sound dumb. Ina funk master flex phone call to lil wayne weezy that was on worldstart said wen he gets out he wants 2 work with Tech n9ne. so his dream will be true.

kenny

@genericname your wrong son, they met at rikers because tech heard wanye wants him on the carter IV, the two sat down and talked for like 3 hours. its already decided they are going to collab. tech n9ne is not as big as wayne but hes gettin there. here watch this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gniinJA_GgE

kitch1590

he didnt say he doesnt write his music down, he said, he don't write it cuz he aint got time ...theres like 5 people who write his lyrics...people think, wow he doesnt write his music down...no, he doesnt write it at all.

Javon Sands

shizz been leaked for awhile dude

tPREZ

javon sands ! are you retarted ? nobody write lil wayne music ; it comes from his mind & he just hit it out from the studioo that easy ;

TuneDontPlaay

ok 4 one tech has been around 4 years way b4 weezy, so hes not up and coming hes been there done that and another thing weezy doesnt have writers he just goes to the mic and flows

the truth

Javon r u stupid? Is someone writing this for u or is it really u?!?! if u dont no sh!t bout weezy, dont say it. He did a song with all his remaning sh!t he wrote down a long ass time ago n now just says w,e comes to mind, if he dont like it he redoes it...its his form of freestlye... noone writes for him.

PhillyD

Drake did not go hard on this album at all.... :(

Drake4ver

i loveee this album...lil wayne go f***** hard...NO HOMO

0_0ChUk!30_0

this album leaked a min ago we bangin dis in the chi

chitown crazy

why isn't short dawg in this?!?!?

jesus

Ok safe to say this album is trash, I personally think he shoulda jus released the songs by themselves cause thats messed up people have to pay to hear it cause it isnt good. Dont get me wrong Wayne is one of my all time favorite rappers but this was a bad idea for him. And to comment on if he writes his lyrics or not, quite frankly no one knows but Wayne.

Stephaun Mosley

wayne is the best hands down..... @stephaun he does everything off the top of his head

ricky

FREE WEEEEEEZY!!!!!!

Bu...

who said drake dont go hard... right above it he goes beast

wezzy

A. Whats up with this no homo shiz?
If you think it sounds gay, don't say it. Just shows your thinking gay thoughts.
B. "Free Weezy" It's not like he is gonna be in for a 10 year sentence, or like he was incarcerated for doing something he didn't do. Personally, I think its a nice break from that whiny voice of his.

Yeh U

Weezy f baby... best rapper alive.. no doubt... "now tell me how you love it, you know your at the top when only heavens right above it"

amber Goodman

Look whoever was doing these beats was in the lab puttin in work...That Bill Gates...YM Salute...YM Banga...them beats are BANANAS...Young Money has a cast like no other...They all good hard in there own way...U Just cant deny tht Lil' Wayne is a F$CKING GENIUS!!! I wud love to jus be in the all day wit these niggaz and niggettes and watch and listen to them jus go to work...FREE WAYNE!!!!

Martian

free weezy

jesse

well idc abot eny1 else cuz lil'wayne is beyond awesome.

gisselle

weezy needs to come back with his olds-hard body-beat without bass-dedication 3 pretty much. all that rock shiii is wack but the human being song is ight. call it B-ball niggas

blunted

I think Kanye West and the whole Good Music Movement is gonna take over. Young Money is only good because of Wayne, Drake, and Nicki. And lately Drake has kinda been falling off

Stephaun Mosley

First off Wayne does have people write for him sometimes, Drake being one. Drake was writing for wayne before he came out solo.. No Im not saying all of Waynes s**t is written for him but he does have people write for him sometimes.. Secondly does it say Drake on Im Single? I havent found his verse yet i know he recorded one tho.. This EP is av.. I hope he just releases C4 so there will be no leak... And I hope he goes hard.. Wayne is a beast i miss the old Wayne tho.. Like him on that Oops beat he went in on that s**t.. "I might go to ur girl and tell her give me ur throat, Cuz a pimp dont give a s**t about offending a hoe, my hoes f**k my friends, I find a friend in a hoe and the women a go Oops oh my.."

LBEAN617

I would like to say that Wayme is the best lyricist rapper in the game well besisdes Eminem he was out lost touch came right back in the game and now killing everybody....but i still love wayne what i am really tring to say is

FREE WEZZY F BABYA THE BEST RAPPER ALIVE!!!!

kelisha

ummm just a fyi .. the NO is also known as the cresent city coughlikethemooncough.. shout out to all my moon men is a shout to the NO

sirdrew

hey bro. i knew ha i just knew i heard that ur girl friend wants to break up wit u cuze she did it wit a nother gu7 i3 i right s0 if 1 w3re u i would come to catalina island and lo0k for me so we can met and talk to get to know eachi other and just hang out and just get to know each other more and more every time ok and then just go over town and rent a hotel room and do it all night long ok i know you would wanna do that wit me baby i know that you know that i know that you love me ha am i right so just lloke for me by the way im 23 and your the type of guy75 in lo0k1n for see you when you com babay i at treemont 333#8 and if im not their then go look for me next door and if not just stay for a little while at treemont at 333 #7 cuz thats my aunts house and soend some time with victor see you if you come lil wayne
ps hope you come at least just to visit my cuz victor on catalina island ok see you if you come

yesenia+lilwanye=luv 4 ever

yo respect to wayne and ym this album is dope.f*ck da haters

xqewsnz

yo as soon as he gets out he is gonna collab wit Tech N9ne and Tech is gonna straight up murder wayne

troy

dis ablum go hard in da paint

Julius

yo nigga beast album

LIL wayne nigga

first of all weezy da sh*t and if yall dont lyk him den y da fu*k r u on dis page........
and drake go hard in dis album so shut dat sh*t up
lil wayne is da best rapper alive and if yall dont think so ok dat ur opinion but keep it 2 urself cuz no one cares bout ur opinion POINT BLANK LIL GOON G.O.N.E

lil wayne da shit

wayne is the best rapper alive 4k all the haters

kelvin

LIL U SAID U ARE NOT A HUMAN BEING AND IF U ARE NOT A HUMAN BEING WERE DID U COME FROM I WONT TO NO WERE U CAME FROM SO THAT I WILL NOT LISTING TO UR SONG AGAIN SO PLZ I WONT TO NO THAT OKAY MAKE NO KILL ME ABOUT WHAT I ASK U BUT I NO U CAN DO IT SO PLZ MAKE NO DO THAT BUT PLZ U CAN ADD ME ON THIS ID FTINNO

FELIX

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