"I Am Not A Human Being": Lil Wayne's Rikers prison album
We can see from the tracklist that Drake is getting a big push (or perhaps supporting Weezy, considering the protege has been more in the spotlight lately). There's also several tracks featuring Nicki Minaj, who's butt made a big impression at MTV's Video Music Awards.
- 1. Gonorrhea feat. Drake
- 2. Hold Up feat. T-Streets
- 3. With You feat. Drake
- 4. I Am Not a Human Being
- 5. I'm Single feat. Drake
- 6. What's Wrong With Them feat. Nicki Minaj
- 7. Right Above It feat. Drake
- 8. Popular feat. Lil Twist
- 9. That Ain't Me feat. Jay Sean
- 10. Bill Gates
- 11. YM Banger feat. Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda, and Tyga
- 12. YM Salute feat. Lil Twist, Lil Chuckee, Gudda Gudda, Jae Millz, and Nicki Minaj
Next: A track by track analysis of what we can expect from "I Am Not A Human Being" based on everything we know about Weezy.
1. Gonorrhea feat. Drake Weezy is certainly not backing away from the sexual bravado of his previous off-label efforts, which have sometimes read like a Kama Sutra devoted exclusively to giving and receiving oral. The fact that he's busting out with one of the grossest sounding STD's heralds a man who has a lot of time to think about the consequences of his actions.
2. Hold Up feat. T-Streets This has all the markings of a forgettable track meant to put over a half-assed rapper. Move along, nothing to see.
3. With You feat. Drake Drake has clearly emerged as the head of the Young Money class. This is a good bet for the 3rd single, if only cause "Gonorrhea" isn't radio friendly.
4. I Am Not a Human Being The eponymous track, and hopefully the next step in Weezy's evolution. Ever since he rapped, "We are not the same/I am a Martian," Lil Wayne has been hinting at a Parliament Funkadelic-style rondezvous with the mother ship, and we can only hope this is the transcendent moment hinted at in ""Phone Home."
5. I'm Single feat. Drake One of two tracks already available on iTunes, both of which feature Weezy protege Drake. Of the two, this is the weaker sister by far. A laconic, Purple Drank infused complaint about a not-good-enough girlfriend who inspires Weezy to be single for the night. Skip it.
6. What's Wrong With Them feat. Nicki Minaj The first of two tracks featuring Nicki Minaj, who's massive posterior was one of the most Tweeted parts of the VMAs. So far, Minaj has failed to live up to the promise of her massive persona--both "Massive Attack" and "Your Love" bombed. But that was before America was introduced to her ass. Consider this Nicki's coming out party, and expect it to get grimy.
7. Right Above It feat. Drake The better of the two singles released so far. From the start--"Kane is in the building"--this track announces itself as an aggressive takeover. In stark contrast to the laconic toss-off of "I'm Single," this was designed from the start to be a Drake breakout track, and Lil Wayne shows up for the occasion. This is vintage Weezy--the fireman spitting with all the desperate creative passion he had in his pre-guitar days.
8. Popular feat. Lil Twist Lil Twist has appeared on a Romeo track. That doesn't give me a lot of hope.
9. That Ain't Me feat. Jay Sean In the Young Money family, Jay Sean is second only to Drake. Should be a solid track.
10. Bill Gates The fact that this song is called "Bill Gates" makes me think we might see some Outkast-style lunacy. I have high hopes that this'll be the best song that doesn't get released as a single but is beloved by the underground heads.
11. YM Banger feat. Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda, and Tyga The first of two "YM" tracks, which serve as introductions to the roster of Young Money Records. Expect unevenness.
12. YM Salute feat. Lil Twist, Lil Chuckee, Gudda Gudda, Jae Millz, and Nicki Minaj The second "YM" cast track, but this one features Nicki Minaj and Jae Millz, so it's probably the more worthwhile of the two. Having heard Lil Chuckee on some of Weezy's underground mixtapes, I can say that this kid (literally) is outrageously talented and downright hilarious.
As for overall themes: Expect the dehumanization of America's penal system to play a prominent role. "I Am Not A Human Being," indeed.
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