Lil Wayne – I Am Not A Human Being II (Album Review)
Compared to its 2010 predecessor, I Am Not A Human Being II finds itself in a different place in time relative to the current life of Lil Wayne. While the recording of the first installment was rushed due to an impending jail sentence, the sequel arrives just days after Weezy’s six-day hospital stint following a series of seizures. Originally intended to be Wayne’s lyrical response to his private ups and downs, critics and whatnot, its timing provides the album with higher symbolic value. Being a polarizing figure ever since he stepped into the rap scene, Wayne’s career has come to a point where it demands clarity so to speak. Having spent over two years in production, I Am Not A Human Being II rises to the occasion – and a little more. It is a statement of dominance in an industry that all too often is forced to obey short-lived trends. Hence, Tunechi employs a simple yet effective (and popular among rappers) formula that he helped craft throughout his career. A majority of its lyrical content is exclusively of sexual nature, hinting at his overall invincibility in the music game. And he is right to some extent as he has been penetrating the music industry with commercially driven content as well as explicit wordplay that garnered him a two-sided notoriety within the hip-hop landscape.
Tuning right into the opening track, “IANAHB,” we find the YMCMB general delivering inspirational rhymes over piano keys, sans bass or drum patterns, kicking off with a line that lays down the total theme of the album: “I’m in the crib butt naked, bitch / She said my dick could be the next Black President.” The chain of braggadocio rhymes from the Young Money honcho is consistent throughout the entire album. He even remains loyal to this pattern at his most vulnerable point on the album, “Back To You.” The New Orleans-native philosophizes on the relationship with the only girl he actually cares about over a sample of Jamie Lidell’s “Compass” while informing the listener that she utilizes his “dick as a chair” and also that his “dick won’t suck itself.”
The list of guests is strategically mapped out as well. With illustrious rhyming individuals such as 2 Chainz, Gudda, Soulja Boy, among others, Weezy ensures that he invited the right kind of lyrical kind to his ego-boosting party. Perhaps saving the best for last, was the closer track to I Am Not a Human Being II featuring Big Sean titled “My Homies Still” which exerted the type of high energy and ricocheting production that Wayne has established as his trademark when he’s at his best.
Once self-appointed as the best rapper alive, a title strongly co-signed by Kanye West, many followed suit for reason. Granted, being a musician in today’s instant society, where ones demands are to have things just as good if not better, still quicker and yet efficient, it’s always an upward battle. So if you take a step back, you’ll find that the overall climate of the album is a valiant effort from a man who’s gone through some momentous career crossroads while enduring the valleys of litigation and even more serious as of late, his livelihood. With that in mind, it would be perplexing to have opinions of digression towards I Am Not a Human Being II. Albeit with Wayne’s tendency to flood the masses with material throughout the years, his impeccable track record of hard work, relevancy and determination should lead us to rest easy, as any gaps in this album, Tha Carter V should certainly fill.