Jonathan Mannion
Brad Wete
October 06, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

I Am Not a Human Being

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Lil Wayne
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a C

Not letting a jail stint stop him from feeding his fans, Lil Wayne has packed his latest album with scraps and half-cooked songs that he whipped up before heading off to Rikers Island (he pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon in 2009). I Am Not a Human Being‘s angry title track showcases Wayne’s ability to at once spit funny similes and tough talk, but its punk-hop guitar riffs barely even compete with the ones on his much-derided 2010 rock album, Rebirth. And it seems like he’s light on new ideas. On ”Popular,” he actually recycles his first four bars from Young Money’s naughty ”Bedrock,” with less-charming results.

There are two gems here: the smooth, Drake-assisted ”With You” and the languid players’ anthem ”I’m Single.” But true Wayne-heads will already be familiar with the latter, which was also on his stellar 2009 No Ceilings mixtape. Unfortunately, none of the new songs on this set hold a candle to that tape, much less his platinum-in-a-week 2008 smash, Tha Carter III. Wayne will no doubt start work on a new batch of rhymes for his immensely anticipated Tha Carter IV when he gets out. Let’s hope nothing this stale makes the cut. C

Download These:
With You a soulful come-on at amazon.com
I’m Single a winding ode to bachelorhood at amazon.com

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