So I was on twitter,
and a few people asked me if I heard the new Lil Wayne album and my opinion on the music. I got inspired to write a full review of the album just because Lil Wayne is my favorite artist and I wanted to try something different. Why Not?
The Cover Art
I don't really like the cover art, I think its boring. Especially compared to his other covers.
.....but its not really that important either.
Track 1 . Glory
Glory is the perfect track to start the album off because it follows the pattern of a lot of Lil Wayne album intros. He picks a crazy beat and raps over its for like 4 or 5 minutes. The beat is perfect in a way that its specifically made for Wayne to just spaz over it for however long he wants. Its a bar fest and a way to show his flow off as he combines certain words back to back very quickly and fits it all over the beat seamlessly.
Track 2. He's Dead
This track has a sample over the hook and instantly reminded me of those old songs on Lil Wayne's empire mixtapes. It's not a bad sound but it does sound a little dated. Also, many people have a knock against Lil Wayne and that being he doesn't make song with concepts. So this song should make all of those naysayers happy as this track does have a consistent theme. The Cash Money Lil Weezy is dead and gone and he's transitioning to a new period. It's not a bad song but its not the best its ok.
Track 3. I Feel Good
Beats are always a topic of concern when it comes to Lil Wayne music as he can rap over anything but that doesn't mean that he should. I Feel Good samples the sounds from the original song "I Feel Good" by James Brown including the horns and melody. It's creative, its different, its something new but I don't really like it. It sounds a little forced as in attempting to show "artistry" or "maturity" by using the James Brown sample in my opinion. It also makes it hard to listen for the bars because even if he has some dope lines the beat makes it hard to pay attention.
Track 4. My Heart Races On
Another sample over the chorus here, once again not a big fan of it but it doesn't sound bad. I feel like this album is for all the people who say Lil Wayne can't make a "mature" or "consistent" album. It sounds like an attempt to make more grown up music instead of his usual rapid fire rambling bars. The concept here is when life brings you ups and downs you have to stay along for the ride. No matter what happens we're all looking for the meaning of life and what inspires us to keep moving .
Track 5. London Roads
Now, a beat that sounds like that new wave, this London Roads track is nice. "We Got London on the Track" does not disappoint. The beat has a smooth, mellow eerie sound that is perfect to just float over. Lil Wayne brings sounds more comfortable on this song compared to the previous ones as he can talk his regular talk while just cruising over the beat. Easily the best track so far, and one of my favorites on the album.
Track 6. I'm That Nigga
Once again, the beat loses me. This one sounds like a dance track or maybe something that they listen to in New Orleans. Im not saying its anything wrong with it but to rap over it, it doesn't sound right to me. The bars aren't really that good, its not one I'm going to play that often.
Track 7. Psycho
Psycho once again has a sample over the instrumental, a consistent theme on the album so far. The beat isn't bad, I like how it starts and I like the first half of the first verse of the song but the rest of it not so much. The concept of the song is how crazy Wayne is in love with his girl and I get it... but I just don't like how it sounds. But to his credit he stays consistent to the crazy over his girl theme throughout the whole song, so those who asked for concepts and focus, you got it.
Track 8. Murda
Murda has Junior Reid on the hook and has that Jamaican gangsta rap vibe. This is the first posse cut on the track and it features Cory Gunz and Capo. It may sound like I'm saying this a lot but this is another track that doesn't sound bad but doesn't really do much for me. The beat is cool and Cory Gunz brings a nice feature verse, its just not one I see myself playing a lot.
Track 9. Thinking Bout You
This one sounds more like Lil Wayne's style as far as the beat and song structure. The beat is ok, but its one of those beats Lil Wayne can take and make it sound really good, I don't think many artists could take this instrumental and make it a banger. Wayne always sounds most comfortable when he can just say what he wants and change his flow up as often as he chooses. This one's for the mixtape Weezy.
Track 10. Without You
Now as far as the concept songs go I think this is the best one on the album so far. Wayne gets a beautiful feature from Bibi Bourelly who laces the chorus. The hook is well written and since isn't a sample provides a more personal feel to the words than some of the other tracks. It's basically about Wayne's feelings towards seeing an ex girlfriend that he wishes things worked out with in the past. It's a story that's been told several times before but for an artist like Lil Wayne who says "M.O.B." its interesting to hear another side of him and he does a good job at showing the vulnerability.
Track 11. Post Bail Ballin
I gotta say this is my favorite song on the album. The beat is dope, nothing throwaway and Wayne goes crazy with the flow. Rapid fire from start to finish, the way the words go together and the beat breaks down it's perfection. Hook is solid, very catchy with the singing elements. There is some variation but the concept is pretty consistent, Wayne is out of jail and he's right back to getting money. He's also thinking about how his life as changed since the career moves with Cash Money. It just has the full package, beat, flow, hook, concept, lyrics everything, crazy!
Track 12. Pull Up
This song reminds me of "I'm That Nigga" in that it doesn't really have a place on the album to me. Wayne trades bars with Euro and they don't really have a topic just going in, rapping really fast. The problem is the bars are just ok and the beat is kind of forgettable too so its just sounds like a lot of rapping. Once again, I'm not trying to sound negative it's just my observations.
Track 13. Living Right
Living Right is the exact opposite of Pull Up. The beat is dope, has a sound that is current but isn't an exact copy of anything out there. Wayne and Wiz Khalifa also have a good chemistry on the track so when their verses and hook go back and forth it all goes together. The word of the post is "comfortable" and once again it sounds like Wayne is more comfortable on this track because he has freedom to do what he wants. One of the best songs on the album.
Track 14. White Girl
Young Jeezy makes a feature on White Girl and it makes sense but I haven't heard Jeezy on a song in a while. Nothing wrong with that though, he did his thing as he usually does. Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy have a few nice songs together so its already a chemistry there. If you put them on a nice trap beat it just works out into a dope song as a result. It's almost like the momentum of the last song follows into this one.
Track 15. Pick Up Your Heart
Pick up your heart has an amazing beat, S/O to the producer on this one. The instrumental has a chill yet uptempo vibe and the composition is just very original compared to what is popular today. The beat could stand alone without any lyrics and still work. As far as the lyrics go, Wayne put together a good song, the flow over the beat helps a lot. It's something you can just vibe out to at the least. At the end he goes on some random rant about people on the stairs and sprinkles. I don't get it but it probably means something.
I give the Free Weezy Album 7.5/10,
it's that "complete" album people have always wanted from Lil Wayne. It has the concepts, it has the subject matter, it has songs where he raps about one thing the entire time. It also has those songs where he can just go crazy and do this thing, so its a little of both for everyone. I personally would have wanted more songs with up to date beats, better features, and letting him just rap about what he wants. The structured songs are cool but a lot of them are average at best. The standout songs on the album are the songs that let Lil Wayne have freedom and go over a crazy beat. I would recommend checking the album out, you're going to find at least 1 or 2 songs you like if not more. If there is a Carter 5 dropping the Free Weezy Album was a good anticipation builder.