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All i can say when i first bought this album i had no idea it would be a rock album. The fact i have totally fell in love with his explicit lyrics, his voice and his ultimate collaborations with the other members of his click Young Money Entertainment, but this is most definately a shock to the system to see Lil Wayne doing rock. But i have got to say utter brilliance. I think for one of the best rappers in the world today and well known for his mcing and relentless lyrical compositons, to really push the boat out and combine rock with rap really shows his will to achieve in his music. I can totally understand people being quite disappointed with getting this album with the thought of it being another rap album and hearing the beat of the drums immediately on the first song American Star feat Shanell, it can be quite a shock but if you really listen to each song individually it speaks to all kinds of audiences, because yes usually his music mainly speaks to people into rap and hip hop but this relates to people who adore rap plus the rock audience. It's different yes, but why slate the man for trying to do something different with his music, all people say is why do rock but if you keep on with the same things all the time people would call him a one trick pony but no, he tries something completely different really showing his class and people still have something to say. But really the album is fantastic, American Star the first track on the album really kicks the album off and really stamps its postition as an outgoing and generally different musical approach. But whatever Lil Wayne was trying to achieve with this album in my opinion he has most definately ahieved it. There are two versions to the album the normal and the deluxe edition. The deluxe edition has two extra songs and i have got to say they are no mere fillers and i think thats the theme with every song on this album no one song is a mere filler, each track is a representation of Lil Wayne's ability to mix his music and keep his fans happy. The Songs you really want to look out for on the album are: American Star, Prom Queen, Get A Life, Paradice, Da Da Da, Drop the world, On Fire and Knockout. The Album features other stars on the rap scence such as Eminem, Nicki Minaj and another up coming star of the Young Money Entertainment clan Shanell who really shows her talent in the album who is someone along with Nicki Minaj to look out for in the future.
After my less than complimentary review on his previous effort, I decided to check out this brand new album from Lil Wayne. I don't know whether that means I am open minded or simply a glutton for punishment. The genre of this album is described as being hip hop and rap but in truth this is a departure from rap and he has instead decided to explore the rock avenue. So at the very least, this will make me for an intriguing listen. Sure enough, this album has been stripped of the typical hip hop beats and from the sounds of it, they are employing real guitars, real drums. Music wise this album tries to fall somewhere between soft rock and hard rock. On Fire and On Top Of The World are about the only 2 songs which do have more of a hip hop feel to them. Some of the rock music is quite standard fare but the production on Top Of The Class and On Top Of The World rank as the best the album has to offer musically. Where Lollipop was the huge breakout hit from his previous album, Knockout looks to take on this mantle and is very catchy or at least the music certainly is. On Top Of The World sees Eminem and Lil Wayne collaborating for their first time and the result is quite spectacular. Lil Wayne is about bearable, the hook is perfect for the song, the production is excellent and Eminem's verse is outstanding and definitely needs to be heard. Unfortunately this album has achieved the impossible and actually made his previous offering seem like it wasn't so bad after all. Where do I begin? well Lil Wayne uses autotune on almost every single song, his whiny voice overshadows every good riff and he isn't even trying to rap, that's right, he is actually trying to sing, failing in style of course. In fact this is the type of album you could use in any interrogation to make them break.
In 2010 came the seventh solo Lil' Wayne album, however it was seen as a landmark, possibly one-to-be-forgotten one for him as it sees the New Orleans rapper changing his ways for this special project and coming with his debut Rock album. The artist is seen to lose the majority of his Hip Hop influences temporarily to deliver a record that has him throwing down lots of Hard Rock, and Metal with a little Rap Rock thrown in every now and again as he appears to think he's accomplished all he possibly can in the Hip Hop world with the success of "Tha Carter III" in 2008. 1. "American Star" He sets the thing off with a track that shows that the route he's going with his music is to take heavy influence from the Hard Rock of the late eighties and I felt that it was a great place to start as we see that he works with it and manages to make a very complete-sounding jam where Shanelle comes to work with him as added vocal assistance, and he comes with lyrics which show how he has pulled two worlds together here as a 'Dope Boy With a Guitar'. **Four Stars** 2. "Prom Queen" The album's first single, this was the first track where Weezy fans were able to feel the artist coming with this kind of material. I have to say that it's a real grower and isn't the type that you're going to feel the first time around. However, we saw that (as expected) his plans to dominate all radio by potentially getting onto Rock radio with an album in this genre simply didn't happen as his vocals are all done through the use of auto-tuning and he will always be seen as a Rap act. **Four Stars** 3. "Ground Zero" Patrick Stump-produced, we see that with this one we get a bit of a grungy feel to things and I felt as though it was nice to see him exploring a good range of styles from the off-set as he has done a Hard Rock one, one with a more Pop feel, and here he is backed by a Grunge set, but comes with raps and so shows that he hasn't abandoned this stuff and it adds to the things massively for this raw jam that I felt stood as one of the biggest. **Five Stars** 4. "Da Da Da" On this one we get production from Cool & Dre, and when you consider the fact that in recent times they have been seen to work with the likes of Gym Class Heroes and Rock-influenced Hip Hoppers like Busta Rhymes and Scarface, it seems like a perfect match-up here. With this tune we have another strong one and a track that keeps things flowing as here we get a fast-paced tune and one that has him coming with a raw set. **Four Stars** 5. "Paradice" On this one we see that this one is a just a waste of time and the complete opposite to what we wanted to get from him as here he attempts a Rock ballad. Here we get him working with Cash Money's Rock singing in Kevin Ruldoph for the production, and although the composition may sound quite appealing, having Lil' Wayne tackle it by trying to sing (which we all know he can't do) just wasn't happening for me. **One Star** 6. "Get A Life" Here Tha Bizness come to show a little love on this album and they come out with a little something that shows that they are in with the contemporary mainstream Rock field and have managed to pull out with something which had the potential to do a lot, but when you see the way that Lil' Wayne works with it, it just sounds silly and the sort of thing that people didn't want him to do such an album for. **One Star** 7. "On Fire" The album's second single, I felt that this was a pretty big one for him and a track that is seen to save him after having dipped into some really rather unappealing tunes that I had very little interest in whatsoever. Sampling Amy Holland's "She On Fire" it has him taking on much more of the Hip Hop influences and sounds like it wouldn't be out-of-place as any track on a recent project from him when he's working normally (and not solely on Rock). **Five Stars** 8. "Drop The World" Consisted to be the most 'Hip Hop' offering on the album, I thought that this was another banger from the album and I felt hat it was something that we really needed to get on the thing. He probably sees it as an opportunity to open up Rockers' ears to Hip Hop by coming with more that merges the two genres and doing well with them. We get a feature from Eminem here and it makes for an overall killer. **Five Stars** 9. "Runnin'" J.U.S.T.I.C.E League take this opportunity to try out work in this genre by coming to bring the production on this one and they do a good job of things to give Weezy the type of thing that lends itself well to more raps, although he does sing some of it too. I have to say that I really wasn't fond of the hook, but the rest of the thing sounded heavy to me and it was one that I really grew with. **Four Stars** 10. "One Way Trip" On this one we get an obvious contributor to the music in Travis Barker, and we see that with his influence upon the thing, we have a joint that gets him throwing out something that has him showing how well he's able to do things on the rap Rock end of thing and give listeners more of a chance to hear the rapper working in the style that he's much more known for. Kevin Ruldoph gets a feature on the thing, but I would say that this was the only weak point to a banger of a jam. **Five Stars** 11. "Knockout" Here we have an unexpected appearance from Nicki Minaj, in that here she shows that she can do much more than just rap and sings amazingly well, and just shows what else she's capable of. I felt that this one sounded a little outdated in that it had a real 2000-2003 kind of feel to it and so wasn't really reflecting the current scene, but as someone alien to this, you can forgive him for being slightly out-of-touch with the game. **Four Stars** 12. "The Price Is Wrong" The album ends with a track that has him blasting out with a final burst of energy and the kind of thing that you would have expected to get as perhaps a two-minute short within the piece, and so having it as a complete track and placing it at the end didn't quite d=seem right to me, although I have to say that I enjoyed it and I felt that it added to the thing as we see him having fun with it. **Four Stars** Compared to Michael Jordan's stint in MBL, this is likely to be a short phase for Weezy and we expect more raps from him in the future. I can't say that I was too bothered by the prospect of him doing such an album as a one-off and I thought that he did a good job at tackling the thing and showing how he would do it. However, it seems like more of an attempt to make Hip Hop heads listen to other types of music than him being able to potentially find himself in new scenes and having any sort of prominence.
Rebirth is Lil Wayne's debut rock album although id say it was more rap with a touch of rock added to it. He has always had an interest in rock but has always chosen to produce rap/ hip-hop songs. I was so ready to hate this album, I thought rap, rock and auto-tune would just be a big failure but I was actually surprised. Lil wayne definatly has a unique style of music but it works. He would be boring if he was the same as everyone else. He is one of those artists you either love or hate. He is one of the artists often criticised for using the voice enhancing program 'auto-tune' this manipulates the sound produced by your voice, is fiddled with using the program and changed things like the pitch of the voice and makes sure you hit the right notes. I personally dont have a problem with it, it sounds good and it sells albums, at the end of the day thats what its all about. I am a fan of lil Wayne, loved his last album Tha Carter III and id say this wasn't far off from being as good. Now im no fan of rock music but I really like this. The lead song is 'Prom Queen' which I think is the second best song on the album, after 'On Fire' The album features other artists such as Kevin Rudolf, Eminem, Shanell and if you buy the deluxe edition there is a song with Madonna called 'revolver'. The rest of the songs are ok, nothing that really stands out as much as the other 2 but they are good to listen to. This album came at exactly the right time and was released just before he was sent to jail for drug and fire arm offences. This is well worth the money, not the best album ever made but it's certainly one of the best to come out this year so far. Not like any other artist and not like any other album on the market, so i would recommend this to fans of lil wayne and may even change the minds of those who dislike his music.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 American Star - Lil Wayne, Shanell aka SNL
2 Prom Queen - Lil Wayne, Shanell aka SNL
3 Ground Zero
4 Da Da Da
6 Get A Life
7 On Fire
8 Drop The World - Lil Wayne, Eminem
9 Runnin - Lil Wayne, Shanell aka SNL
10 One Way Trip - Lil Wayne, Kevin Rudolf
11 Knockout - Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj
12 The Price Is Wrong