In September 2010, Lil Wayne released the album "I Am Not A Human Being." The self-proclaimed "Greatest Rapper Alive" seemed to be on his way back to the summit of the rap game. His career had been tainted after the release of his debut rock album, "Rebirth."
Unfortunately for Wayne, his sequel album, "I Am Not A Human Being II," seems to have sent the rapper's reputation back to the bottom and possibly even lower than it ever was before.
The album is consistent throughout, but it isn't the type of consistency that somebody would enjoy listening to for an hour. With the exception of the song "My Homies Still," which is carried by the musical talent of Big Sean and not Lil Wayne, the album lacks bright spots.
Fans will quickly realize that bad songs come at a premium, and there are few songs that deserve a re-listen.
Some of the worst songs on the album are "Back To You" and "Romance," which are poor attempts at poppy love songs. Even potential radio hits on the album leave the listener waiting for something more. In the song "Love Me," a listener can get really excited to hear a fantastic hook from Wayne's fellow Young Money counterpart, Drake. Much is left to be desired, however, as the Toronto rapper spits the same 14 words repetitively again throughout the track.
Often when a rapper fails to deliver in his own verses, a listener can at least seek refuge in the verses of the featured artists on the songs, but "I Am Not A Human Being II" seems to be bad enough to drain the talent from other successful rappers. Featured artists like 2 Chainz, on the songs "Days And Days" and "Rich As ****," and Juicy J, on "Trippy," are brought down to, at the very best, Wayne's level.
When it appears the album can't get any worse, Wayne reverts back to his rock 'n' roll experimentation from "Rebirth" with the tracks "Hello" and "Hot Revolver." These songs can barely be classified within the rap or rock genres, or even music for that matter. They sound confusing and complicated with screaming and rambling over drums and guitars in the background.
"I Am Not A Human Being II" is a tough listen, and at some points it becomes somewhat unbearable to get through.
Lil Wayne once was among the greatest rappers alive. The success and praise that the "Tha Carter" series received is proof to that, but Lil Wayne has been on a rapid decline for quite some time now. After this effort it may be time for the "Greatest Rapper Alive" to pass that title on to someone more deserving.