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Lil Wayne is only 'Human,' but an entertaining one

1:43 PM, Mar 26, 2013   |    comments
Rapper Lil' Wayne (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)
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Weezy is always making a point that he is different from everybody else, but in recent months, we've had to wonder if he hasn't grown indifferent to rap. He keeps dropping hints that his next album might be his last or that he wants to concentrate on being a rock star or skateboarder.

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.

It also good enough, at least for now, to change the focus from his health (he was just hospitalized for six days after suffering seizures) to his music. Just two years ago, his Tha Carter IV sold nearly 1 million copies in its first week, so there's plenty of anticipation for him to check back in.

Life's grand for Weezy, as he tells us repeatedly that he's rich enough to make his own rules, and if you don't like it, take a hike. Sex, drugs, sex, guns and sex are the overarching themes, and he rattles off a steady stream of clever punch lines. He has a particular fascination with oral sex, which he addresses with an endless variety of colorful descriptions. Haters are warned that they'd best keep their trash talk to themselves.

Wayne's producers - including Cool & Dre, Detail, Juicy J, Crazy Mike and T-Minus - create a rangy sonic backdrop with everything from soul samples to sparse instrumentals to heavy metal for his musings. Guests 2 Chainz, Juicy J, Drake, Future and Big Sean have memorable moments, though the same can't be said for Soulja Boy or Nicki Minaj. In any case, Weezy's world is still like no other.

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Steve Jones, USA TODAY

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