It seems a lifetime ago that ‘Weezy’ dropped his debut album Tha Block Is Hot in 1999, and his career has undoubtedly come a long way since. His music is certainly not for everyone, rapping about woman, sex, guns, violence and drugs, but the millions of records sold simply speak for themselves; this global superstar has a large cult following and a fan-base bigger than most. The success of Tha Carter series has spanned eight years to the release of volume IV in 2011, and he has worked with everyone from Jay-Z to Jennifer Lopez.
Still, something things are undeniable, and it is clear to most that Lil Wayne is in the twilight of his career. The flawless rhyme schemes that he once displayed on works such as the Da Drought mix-tapes are dwindling to dust, and with money, fame and riches, the truth becomes clear: he no longer needs the album sales, and the hunger to create music has disappeared. This is evident in I Am Not a Human Being II where he is out-shined by guest features such as Gunplay on the track ‘Beat That Shit’.
Tracks like ‘Romance’ still show us glimpses of his capabilities, and ‘Hot Revolver’ sounds like it has the potential to be the next ‘How to Love’ - the stand-out track in terms of popularity from Tha Carter IV. Yet the Young Money figurehead undeniably falls short of the heights of his older albums; the album is peppered with awful metaphors, similes and punchiness that leave the listener cringing, instead of smiling at some clever witticism. The production seems off, the beats at odds with Lil Wayne’s somewhat laconic flow.
All in all then, I Am Not a Human Being II has few highlights, and ultimately serves to prove that Lil Wayne’s ability to make good records is on a consistent downward spiral. No doubt his army of followers will flock to put more money in his back pocket, but any honest person will admit the truth. ‘Weezy’ seems washed up, uninterested, and it surely won’t be long before he is hanging up his hip hop boots for good.