I Am Not a Human Being

Review Roundup: Lil Wayne – ‘I Am Not a Human Being’

Lil Wayne’s I Am Not a Human Being has been available at digital retailers for a couple weeks, but physical copies don’t hit stores until tomorrow. If you’re still debating whether to pick up Weezy’s eighth effort, consult with the critics below and find out whether it’s worth your cash money.

USA Today: Though he has been in prison for seven months, Wayne has managed to keep fans hungering for his next opus. With the help of friends like Drake, Jay Sean, and Nicki Minaj, he has enough hits here to make sure he’s not missed much. 3 out of 4

Entertainment Weekly: 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. C

Rolling Stone: You won’t hear a funnier record all year. Jailbird or civilian, human, or moon man, Lil Wayne is pop’s most reliable deliverer of unadulterated fun. He’s also the greatest rapper alive. 4 out of 5

The New York Times: While diversity is Lil Wayne’s strength, it’s a lack of commitment of a different sort that hamstrings this album. Too often Lil Wayne lapses into predictable flow structures, quick ideas paired with built-in rejoinders: “They say money talks/ but it’s my spokesperson,” and so on.

SPIN: This ten-song set is something of a shakedown, ultimately, and one unlikely to rekindle the affections of listeners who were unimpressed by February’s rock-infused Rebirth. 6 out of 10

Rap-Up’s Favorite Tracks: “With You,” “I’m Single,” “What’s Wrong With Them,” “Right Above It”