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

I Am Not a Human Being II

Lil Wayne’s focus may have shifted away from music since he picked up a skateboard, but he still keeps pumping out albums. The Young Money chief, who once proclaimed himself the “best rapper alive,” delivers his 10th album I Am Not a Human Being II to stores today.

Weezy surrounds himself with everyone from Drake and 2 Chainz to Nicki Minaj and Trina on the follow-up to 2010’s I Am Not a Human Being, which features the singles “No Worries” and “Love Me.”

Was he able to deliver a winning sequel? The critics weigh in.

Rolling Stone: This is exactly the record you’d expect to hear from Weezy in 2013: a solid album by a brilliant MC who’s half-interested. 3/5

Los Angeles Times: I Am Not a Human Being II shows us Lil Wayne responding weakly to the unsettling prospect of weakness. Beneath the bluster, he might know it too. 2/4

USA Today: He used to boast that he was the best rapper on the planet. He’s surely not that on this sequel to 2010′s platinum I Am Not a Human Being, which was released while he was in jail. It is solid, though, often entertaining in the crass, lewd and rude way that’s uniquely Wayne. 3/4

New York Times: He still radiates exuberance and ecstasy and rebelliousness, the hallmarks of his rise to hip-hop’s creative and commercial peaks. But the words he puts together don’t shock the way they once did.

Newsday: Good thing those rumors about him being in a coma and near death from too much cough syrup abuse turned out to be false because this would be one embarrassing final statement. C-

AP: Overall, Wayne meets expectations for Wayne these days—not saying much (of substance), but giving listeners plenty to talk about.

Rap-Up’s Favorite Tracks: “No Worries,” “Rich as Fuck,” “Trippy,” “Love Me”

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72 Comments

  1. Coco

    ‘Good thing those rumors about him being in a coma and near death from too much cough syrup abuse turned out to be false because this would be one embarrassing final statement.’

    LMAAAAO! Omg i feel bad for laughing by the last line made me LOL

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    yass Reply:

    @Coco,
    I heard two songs and I wasnt really impressed.. the beats were horrible.. Weezy was meh.. nothing impressive so im not surprised by the reviews.
    I believe this is the result of OVER-saturation.
    He may be considered a good rapper.. but.. hes EVERYWHERE in EVERY song..
    what else does he have to say besides money drugs strippers and hoes?

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    REAL SH!T Reply:

    @yass, skateboarding

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    yass Reply:

    @REAL SH!T,

    LOL!!!! AH yes… but you see.. the skateboarders dont take him seriously.. n his urban crowd arent checking for skateboarding! lol

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    Lil wayne sucks D!ck Reply:

    @yass, Nobody takes that fag0t seriously anymore he sucks!!!!!!!!

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  2. Msruby

    I heard the album and its hot..the kids gonna dig it..thts all that matters these days

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  3. Zack

    It really disappointed me. I hope he can make a great last album with Carter V, but this was horrible.

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    MSD Reply:

    @Zack, i expected better & he gotta make up to it in rich gang album ym album & c5

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  4. Gob1in

    “’cause if you go platinum, it’s got nothing to do with luck

    it just means that a million people are stupid as f***”

    Immortal Technique

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    opd2 Reply:

    @Gob1in,f-ck Immortal Technique and f-ck you too,you and him and that line is corny as f-ck and so old.

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  5. Orientation

    I love lay it down with nicki

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    uHoesBuggin Reply:

    @Orientation, Yes ma’am! I say “Oops I mean partition…It’s all a part of my vision…I sit & count this money while I watch you bitches auditioooon!!!!”

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    yass Reply:

    @uHoesBuggin,
    Im sorry but yall ONLY loved it cuz Nicki was on it.
    The song however was a mess..
    the beat was HORRIBLE! Nicki may have delivered.. but the producers and wayne didnt.

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    Andy Reply:

    @Orientation, As a fan of Nicki, I have to DISAGREE with you. Lay It Down was bad produced, Weezy and Nicki didn’t fit in the beat and Nicki was really boring and weak in her verse. I have to say, Cory Gunz give the song a nice touch, his verse was the best.

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    Nicky Reply:

    @Andy, I agree with you.Cory Gunz had the best part in the song.Nicki’s verse sucks.Her verse reminds me of her verse in “I’m Legit”.I expected something more from Diplo.

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    TJ Reply:

    @Nicky, It wasn’t diplo

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    Nicky Reply:

    @TJ, But Wikipedia says that it was Diplo.Look at the “Diplo production discography” article at Wikipedia.

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  6. JOSEPH

    this album is great

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  7. JOSEPH

    i’m waiting kanye west and eminem album

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  8. Chri$

    this is without a doubt the WORST wayne album ever made!

    hEre’s my top 10

    1. Tha Carter 3
    2. Rebirth
    3. Tha Carter
    4. Lights Out
    5. Tha Block Is Hot
    6. 500 Degreez
    7. Tha Carter 2
    8. I AM NOT A HUMAN BEING
    9. Tha Carter 4
    10. I AM NOT A HUMAN BEING 2

    He’s just falling down these days… [BRING BACK THE 07-09 DAYS]

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    Mr. Fye Reply:

    @Chri$, WOAHHHHHHHHH THERE. U put Rebirth at #2. SMDH

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    extra Reply:

    @Chri$, rebirth sucked, heres my top 5

    1. Carter 2
    2. Carter 3
    3. carter 1
    4. block iz hot
    5. 500 degrees

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  11. THEDON

    His worst album yet

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  12. Vanessa

    One of the worst albums this year

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  13. Ralph

    Damn… Wayne fell off hard.

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  14. 90s 80s rap shawty

    Wayne. Nigga please sit chu ass down. Papoose’s album “Tthe Nacirema Dream” is prolly 10000 times better dan yo shit and you know it !!

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  16. LouisDaKing

    WORST ALBUM of the 2013 already!!!

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  17. Asdf

    watch “Nothing was the same” outsell this shit pretty sad..

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  18. BEDSTUYFLY

    BAD REVIEWS… WHY AM I NOT SURPRISED?

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  19. Ice

    It’s horrible, excluding the singles.

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  20. outofdabox

    this is his worst album to date….its sad that the only good songs on it are the singles that have already been released.

    but
    Lay It Down (ft. Nicki Minaj)
    Gunwalk (ft. Gudda Gudda)
    Beat The Shit (ft. Gunplay)
    Trigger Finger (ft. Soulja Boy)

    are decent to say the least…very disappointing

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  21. Mrunhateable

    The album is fire!

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  22. channelPink

    Listened to it once and that’ll be the last.

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  23. TRA

    It’s time for us to tell the truth. Lil Wayne is no longer one of the top 10 best mainstream rappers in hip hop. The sad part about this situation, is that Lil Wayne dosen’t give a fuck no more, whether he releases good music, or not. Lil Wayne has made a lot of money, slept with a lot of women, and done enough drugs to the point where he feel like he can put out anything, and the album could still go platinum. An album like this doesn’t deserve to have great critical success and great commercial success. I think Lil Wayne’s next album after I Am Not Human Being II will determine if Lil Wayne will be a future hip hop legend, or will his career be similar to 50 Cent, Ja Rule, and Nelly, where he had the potential to be one of the greatest rappers ever, but turned out to be one of the most overrated, hated, worst rappers of all-time.

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    Dan Reply:

    @TRA, agree except 50 ain’t done yet, as much as people want him to be. His last album had respectable sales for the time period it came out during. This final album on his record deal will make or break him, and determine once and for all if he deserves to be in the Nelly and Ja Rule category. Wayne’s heading in that direction though, for sure. Maybe not sales wise, but quality wise.

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    Hugh Reply:

    @TRA, Says who? You and the rest of the incompetent ‘mainstream’ rap jury? Practice less on being long winded and more on capturing the truth

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    TRA Reply:

    @Hugh, There is no such thing as incompetent mainstream rap jury, there is the truth. Lil Wayne’s last 4 albums ” Rebirth”, I Am Not Human Being, Tha Carter 4, and I Am Not Human Being II were critical failures, despite having great commercial success. There were some hardcore fans of Lil Wayne’s music who have said that they hated Lil Wayne’s last 4 albums. The fact is that right now, Lil Wayne’s I Am Not Human Being II album is projected by the music industry’s biggest insiders to sell only 200,000 copies in it’s first week out this year. That is a major step down compare to Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III album which sold over 1 million copies in its first week out. That is a step down compare to Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter 4 album which sold over 900,000 copies in its first week out. I am not hating on Lil Wayne, I am telling the truth.

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    channelPink Reply:

    @TRA, But compared to the albums in between C3 and C4 it’s a step up. From IANAHB it’s a 75,000 step up, From Rebirth it’s a 24,000 step up

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  24. Grant

    Huge Wayne fan, but the critics (ESP. Rolling Stone, AP & Newsday) got it right. This is dreadful. He is half adding, with predictable punch lines and lyrics all around.

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    Grant Reply:

    @Grant, *half assing

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    Hugh Reply:

    @Grant, Maybe, but they didn’t seem to get it right with Justin Timberlake’s latest album. That sh!t was str8 up garbage.

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    extra Reply:

    @Hugh, no it wasnt

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  25. Paul Broggan

    I always found that his albums were only successful due to a few great songs on every album. If you took the 1-3 greats songs from every album and put them together you could have one truly great collection of music.

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  26. frenchguy

    so many haters… incredible. Because it’s Wayne people have to hate on. The album is good, damn hot, better than C4 and on his top 3 albums. You crazy if you think this is his worst album. Stop hating please…

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    Uhh Reply:

    @frenchguy,

    Why is it that its “hating” when its not what YOU feel.
    You may have LOVED it.. but guess what? The general consensus is that this is not his best. Get over it!

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    frenchguy Reply:

    @Uhh, sorry bout that x). This is not his best, sure, I think C2 is his best.

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    Zack Reply:

    @frenchguy, Carter IV was already four times better then this, so dont get me started on the rest. But dude, if you really think this was his best, you need to get yo ears checked

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    Monty Reply:

    @frenchguy, It’s his worst album. You clearly don’t know much about Wayne and what he used to be capable of. And criticizing doesn’t equate to hate.

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    Hugh Reply:

    @frenchguy, They are a bunch of undercover miserable people. Most of them are the same person. Don’t even waste you time on them.

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    frenchguy Reply:

    @frenchguy, not his best, I think his best is C2. But not his worst I think… I didn’t like C4.

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    frenchguy Reply:

    @frenchguy, But I think Wayne is most of the time hated on because of his success, his behavour… Something like Lebron, except that his behaviour is ok. In France IANAHB2 received more positive critics. All of you have a respectable opinion and I have mine but I thought that Wayne got on IANAHB2 great productions, a great flow, he didn’t have on C4. So, being a huge Wayne fan, I was really surprised by the quality of the album, and I hope Wayne will continue to work in that direction. After all rap is music, and it’s all a matter of taste.

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  27. iller

    This is the worst album since Tha Carter IV which was just as shit

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  28. Jon

    This album is actually getting decent reviews? Did any critic even listen to “Romance”? It’s fucking terrible, I laughed the first time I heard it!

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  29. Nurse2013

    TRASH

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  30. Frankie

    I’ve had my issues with critics, but ummm…the universally negative reviews on this are spot on.

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  31. #RihannaNAVi

    shit album m8

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  32. slim

    real nigga fcuk these haters…u all haters…lil wayne is the best rapper alive and he keep on doing his thing

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    Danni Reply:

    @slim, You sound gay as fuck.

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  33. tip

    its shit. #TroubleMan

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  34. Gaz

    After this crap I guess he should push forward that “retirement” he keeps talking about. NEXT!

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  35. JHP

    This album is whack, there are only 6 decent songs on it, and 3 of them were already released as singles. Wayne has no sense of direction whatsoever, he’s falling off hard. I hope he keeps his word about Carter V being his last album, his days of anything that could remotely be considered greatness are long gone

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    Redfoxxx Reply:

    @JHP, thanks for the honesty

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  36. SOS

    to all of you haters that been sayin that this album sucks, this is the same reviews Weezy got on Tha Carter IV. And guess how much it sold in the first week? Thought so :P

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  37. Redfoxxx

    Thanks to all those being honest about this. The album is garbage, his lyrics are garbage and he should disappear. He’s done!! Please put the world out of its misery and retire from rap.

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  38. K

    The sad part about this situation, is that Lil Wayne dosen’t give a fuck. He has done everything

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  39. nikkent

    God Bless Amerika only song worth replay and i was a wayne fan

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  40. WOWzer

    Tha Carter 3 was lil waynes last great piece of work

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  41. Beyonce

    ….SO when is Eminem dropping his album?

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  42. Ben

    This Album Is So Fucking Good!!!!
    10/9

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