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Lil Wayne “I Am Not A Human Being 2” – Album Review

Cash Money Records (2013)

TMZ had us all believing Lil Wayne was a goner last week. The news proved false, and not only is Weezy apparently alive and well, but, conveniently, his newest half-album, I Am Not a Human Being 2, is out this week. We say half-album because IANAHB2, just like its predecessor, isn’t quite an entry in the Carter series nor a mixtape; it’s somewhere in between. For what it’s worth, Lil Wayne’s latest finds him in typical form, with 14 tracks (20 if you get the deluxe version with bonus tracks) chock-full of sexual boasts, one-liners and hashtag raps.

IANAHB2 starts off on a promising note with a title track that includes a stirring piano riff before Wayne offers up some poignant rhymes. “Guntalk” has a rather pedestrian trap rap beat – reminiscent of something you’d find on a Waka Flocka Flame release – and an ironic topic considering Wayne’s previous legal issues, but Wayne and guest Gudda Gudda infuse the track with their unique New Orleans delivery. Its slower tempo works as a perfect set-up for the project’s single, “No Worries,” and Wayne continues to deliver the bars over a Future-inspired bass line that is almost instantly hummable.

Although “Back To You” with Detail sounds like it came from the rock-influenced “Rebirth” album, it becomes clear Wayne’s theme for IANAHB2 is having unabashed fun and taking out aggression. Despite infatuation with overly sexual punchlines and guns, Wayne is in his element while some of his guests fall short. Case-in-point is Soulja Boy on “Trigger Finger,” whose timing is terribly off. Gunplay, however, shows up on “Beat The S***” and almost steals the show with his gruff delivery. Drug use, also a reoccurring theme on the record, reaches its peak with the Juicy J-featured “Trippy,” a guilty pleasure that precedes the radio-friendly hit “Love Me” featuring Drake and Future.

Great sequencing is one the greatest redeeming qualities of I Am Not A Human Being 2. Loyal and casual Wayne fans should find it enjoyable.  Overall, it’s not a bad piece of work – it’s perfect for the spring as a soundtrack for riding around in your car, windows down, stereo volume up.

4 / 5 stars     

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Slav Kandyba has worked as a journalist for more than a decade for a number of general interest newspapers, a wire service, trade publications and music and culture magazines and websites. Slav is currently a tech reporter for iTechPost.com, and has previously written for The Source and contributed to HipHopDX.com from 2007 until 2011. He began writing about hip-hop in 2006 when a friend challenged him to write about L.A.'s hip-hop scene, and he was one of the first journalists to spotlight Pac Div and U-N-I. Slav is a respected writer covering hip-hop culture and rap and has assisted in organizing events including the One Nation Hip-Hop Summit in Santa Monica, California, which featured a concert with Pete Rock and CL Smooth, and the first annual Academic Hip-Hop Conference at Cal State Northridge.

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