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ARTISTE: KID CUDI
GENRE: HIP-HOP/RAP

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I know a lotta people don’t take this dude seriously but hands down he is one of the most versatile articles out there. His last album WZRD is a testament to that fact. It was a rock album thru and thru. The last album wasn’t that awesome but it was obviously a sure sign of an artiste whose style is maturing. This album was produced solely by Cudi with the exception of one track and according to his tweet, this album is supposed to be his version of Dr Dre’s classic album CHRONIC 2001. Let’s just see if this album can live up to that.

The Resurrection of Scott Mescudi

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This starts out with a warped out sound then Cudder adds drums and keys to this. This just makes you picture Kid Cudi coming out of a grave. To get the resurrection theme, you have to go back to Cudi’s second album where the first track was Scott Mescudi v The World. He lost that fight to the darkness within but now he’s back and reborn.

Unfuckwittable

One day I knew no one could help me in Hell
Not many people are true, fake as the lies they tell

Ok. The first song on the album. Cudi tries to show that he’s unfuckwittable on every level imaginable but this song just doesn’t give off that vibe of invincibility. This song just fails to merge the words, the beat and the sound and it just harms the overall track.

Just What I am ft King Chip

Neighbors knockin’ on the door, asking can we turn it down
I say, “Ain’t no music on” she said, “Naw, that weed is loud”

-King Chip

Hm, when it rains it pours, whiskey bottles on the sinks and floors
Everyday to find sane’s a chore, amidst a dream with no exit doors
-Kid Cudi

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What happens when you get two pot-heads on a track? One of two things. You wither get the shitiest track ever created or something like this

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This track is an ode to weed and even King Chip doesn’t fail on this. There’s just this faded out tunefulness to this song that just makes everything the artistes say sound like some really wise shii.

Young Lady ft Father John Misty

That’s what turns a nigga on, strong feelings that I have
You’ll probably never, find out ever
I’ll admire from afar

I have to admit that I had already been jamming this album for over a month before I decided to review it and this for me is a major bright spot on this album. it just sounds so good sorta like a unicorn shitting rainbows into my ears

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Cudi samples Father John Misty’s “Hollywood Forever Cemetary sings” and you just have to love the way Cudi builds his verses around the chorus. This song has him talking about having a crush on a girl who he’ll prolly never talk to and I feel a lotta dudes will be able to relate to this.

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King Wizard

You love that little bit of new, now throwback
Cleveland City snakeskin snapback
Niggas know the uniform, keep the brim low

This song is a shot at all his haters. It’s like the soundtrack to his triumphant wntry or rather re-entry after his resurrectionm this is another really good track on the album. He’s just basically telling all his haters to fall in line and get with the program.

Immortal

And the day came when it hit me like lightning through my veins
A sudden change in my groove, in my walk
I got my lion heart and electric flowing through my brain

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To start with, the beat has some drums playing over a sample of “Congratulations” by MGMT playing backwards (if you’ve not heard any MGMT songs already, I advise you to get familiar)
The lyrics, on the other hand, talk about his struggles with depression and how he has gone past that and is now a new man. How he has left behind using sadness as a crutch and now has a “sudden peace in my walk”.

Solo Dolo part II ft Kendrick Lamar

You pussy motherfuckers get the Will Smith smack
And I am not a fronter, better look up the facts
The world know what it be:
Mr. Rager, Solo Dolo, C.U.D., repeat it

-Kid Cudi

You wish me well, I wish you Hell
Eternity, no such thing as time will tell
Infirmary, burn like magnetic combustion
Bad credit with me, and paramedics are hustlin’

-Kendrick Lamar

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These two rappers bring their A game to a track with a beat that has a horror vibe to it. This is my favorite track on the album beacuse Cudi doesn’t allow himself to get bullied by K.Dot who dropped another strong verse. He holds his own and even drops a couple of quotables on this.

Girls ft Too $hort

Seen all types, different continents
Nothing more intriguing than an accent

-Kid Cudi

When you live like me you get used to fun
There’s an endless supply of the beautiful ones

-Too $hort

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4 good tracks in a row? It was already beginning to sound too good to be true so I’m not even surprised that the next track is this piece of fashionably designed crap.

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It is not terribly awful. It is just terrible. I know Too $hort is an old head game bu Seriously?! Was this the best he could do? Fail

New York City Rage Fest

This is another instrumental and it sounds more rock inclined than hip hop related. It starts well but ends up sounding like a ten year old’s first ever beat. Next.

Red Eye ft Haim

Things get crazy and I feel I’m losing my mind
I dont know what to doIm going insane and I really dont know why
There’s only one thing to do

Another strong track on this album. This has Haim, a band of 3 sisters singing over a beat that took 2 years to fully produce. This is the only song not solely produced by Kid Cudi as it was done jointly with Hit-Boy (for more of Hit-Boy’s work, download HS87’s mixtape)
This is a song about second chances in a relationships. Well, it’s either that or it’s about getting appollo/pink eye

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Beez ft RZA

Calm and double while you jumping through these hurdles , silly rabbit
The race is always won by the turtle, mental machinery
Purple herbal mixed with that greenery
I don’t write songs, grasshopper, I write sceneries

-RZA

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This is some good shii. The Rager leaves all the rapping duties on this to the leader of the WuTang and the King Killer Bee: RZA and his verse just goes to remind us that Wu-Tang is forever

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I know a lot of you dunno who RZA is, which is very very sad but this track is enough to give you just a tiny glimpse of rap at its finest. This is the strongest song on the album lyrically.

Brothers ft King Chip & A$ap Rocky

Living well me and my niggas go’n eat
Before you hate, hit the brakes with both feet
-King Chip

Teach them how to make a piece of change, even keep the change
But they neva change, bought a set of chains with another chain
Upgraded to a better chain, that Beretta sing, I ain’t playing

-Asap Rocky

The love I have for my niggas is another type
You gotta real nigga down with you for your whole life

-Kid Cudi

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This is a laid back song about sticking close with your fam. A spaced out beat with laid back verses from King Chip and Cudi while Asap Rocky comes out on top with a double time flow. This song is okay but not good enough to last more than 3 or 4 replays.

Mad Solar

Hard times they mold ya
Into someone way colder

There’s a reggae sorta feel to this song which had Cudi talking about how he’s not from this planet and how he has transitioned from his moon phase ( his previous albums were titled Man on the Moon) and to a brighter phase I.e Sun/Solar but to say the truth, this song does not work for me.

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Burn Baby Burn

Ben said everything that shine ain’t gold
Been skeetin’ on pretty faces then my heart switched cold
Been the nigga sittin’ in hell in fresh ass clothes

Cudi takes shots at haters, past workers and just about everyone who doubted him in one long verse. His flow on this is on some top grade shii. At the same time, this song sorta says thank you to all his fans that stuck with him thru the rough days.

Lord of the Sad and Lonely

Move and groove, make the bitch linger
Want more than the dick, gold on the ring finger

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This song helps cement Cudi’s position as the Patron saint of the depressed. The chorus is easy to relate to and his verses are dropped over a moody and almost tuneless beat. His flow actually rides the beat instead of the other way round.
All hail King Wizard in your muthafxckin space. You love it

Cold Blooded

Only good for a hook, huh? Let me show you flows
Intuitive when it comes to many things I know

While BEEZ is the best lyrically overall on the album, this is Kid Cudi’s best lyrical effort so far. he switches up his flow and stregthens his bars. This song has him venting about his time with G.O.O.D music and how he is more than just a hook singer.


Afterwards (Bring Yo’ Friends) ft Michael Bolton & King Chip

This is a 9 minute song that sounds like something out of a college movie. Michael Bolton pops in 1 minute in to invite girls over to his party. This song just sticks in your head but it’s too long for a replay and it just rolls on and on with just monor changes to the beat along the way.

Flight of the Moon Man

Album started with an instrumental an ends with another one which sounds so creepy and sci-fi-like that you almost expect to look out your window and see a spaceship. The moon man has taken flight.

Conclusion:

All in all, this album is more positive compared to the previous albums from Kid Cudi. This album is a more rounded effort from the artiste. The album is intriguing and sometimes it’s fun to just listen to the way his thoughts manifest themselves in the weirdest ways.
The Lyrical quality on this album is not as good as it could as it could be and this can be attributed to the fact that cudi had so much to do on this album ( producing, writing, singing, rapping). On the flipside, this album showcases the range of Cudder’s abilities.
The Rager does not try to clog up this album with needless tracks and skits. He just let’s the songs flow into each other. In summary, this album is great from a production aspect but on overall value it falls a bit short so I’m going to have to give this a B-

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QUICK NOTE:
I’m just going to recommend a couple of classic/ old school rap tracks for y’all to download.
1. Scenario by A tribe called Quest and Leaders of the New school
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This is the benchmark for Posse cut and the major highlights of this are Q-Tip’s verse and the introduction of a then unkown Busta Rhymes
2. The Message by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
DO NOT DOWNLOAD THE VIDEO TO THIS SONG. DO NOT.

Lasso of Truth

ARTISTE: OMAWUMI
LABEL: OMA RECORDS
GENRE: AFRO POP

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This is her second album, and it’s a long time coming considering she’s one of the best female artistes in the country. The title comes from Wonder Woman’s signature weapon also called “Lasso of truth” and Omawumi sees herself as “wonder woman” at least that what her debut album tells us.Now to the review.

IF YOU ASK ME

“if you aske, na who i go ask
the matter we see so, e tey we e start
no be me go talk am, e heavy for mouth”

Musically, the song doesn’t come off as African except for the good use of pidgin English. It has a whole Jive vibe to it something a “Janelle Monae” might sing to but Omawumi brings it home in every African way possible. It’s a very interesting story and we’re probably all familiar with this song. It’s a song worth being on this album.

WHEN THE BOSS IS COMING (ACTOR SEF DEY RUN)

“actor no dey die for film”

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The words “Boss” “actor” already take your mind to a typical action movie and listening to this track it does feel that way. Her voice was quite powerful on this one, not easily overshadowed by the heaviness, pace and easy distraction that came from the beat. It’s not what one might expect musically but non the less, an okay addition to the album.

AFRICAN WAY

“I am from the land of freedom
the land of the setting sun
with countless human colors”

Word to Omawumi, this doesn’t directly depict Africa.

Here is “DonJazzy again” with his unconventional afrobeat sound that is usually ahead of most of his peers and most times usually on point. And this case is no exception. Yes DonJazzy produced this but it won’t be the next hit from Omawumi as good as the track is sadly for her fans. But kudos to DonJazzy on this one.

THE BEST YOU CAN BE

“kneel down, hands up, close your eyes
wash the plates and your clothes, clean those towels”

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This track is very deep, one of the very glaring tracks taken personal by Omawumi, a proud mother. She comes off as a woman who has finally fully understood the lessons her mother tried to teach her as a growing child and she wanting to pass these same values to her child and her passing them on to her own children. A very meaningful track, something rare to find these days in the industry.

I GO GO

“my food u no 1 chop
body sef you no touch
i’m tired of the pain that I feel inside”

Another one produced by Cohbams but this time, it has a reggae vibe to it, interesting I’ll say if you ask me. This is one a lot of females should relate to and will definitely appreciate lyrically.

WHAT A BANG BANG (FT. TUFACE)

“e be like say dem don see monkey
god forbid i no be suffer head
one day this country go better
na me and you go do am together”
– Omawumi

“day by day dem dey upgrade their thief-ability
this type of thiefing don turn insanity
how long shall we wait for the poverty subsidy”
– 2face

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Halfway through the album for the first collaboration, was beginning to think this wasn’t a Nigerian album. It’s not what we would have loved coming from these two, would have preferred something much more exciting and dance oriented but nevertheless, it a conscious track, one for the society, not bad at all.

PERSONAL RACE (FT. TIMAYA)

“i no fit be you, you no fit be me
so make you understand say na your race you dey run o
me i dey run my own o”
– Omawumi

“see these people dem too dey package
meanwhile, dem just dey manage” – Timaya

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Probably going to be one of the few hit tracks off this album, reasons obviously being it can be played in the clubs and it has been getting quite a good deal of radio play. The chorus is quite catchy, nice melodies and basically the stuff people want to hear. Wasn’t impressed by Timaya on this but all in all the track is dope.

YOU MUST LOVE ME

“my heart, my love, everything
i want to give to you”

The beauty of this track is in its calmness. It’s very relaxed and laid back but in a different way from other love songs. It’s one to be appreciated and a very mushy song too.

WARN YOURSELF (FT. WIZKID)

“i know say i get am,
so i no need anybody to
tell me say i dey sexy”
– Omawumi

“sexy mama, beautiful mama
shey you go give me number
it is nothing but a number”
– Wizkid

*sigh*

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For people who are into afrobeat, when this song starts, you already know what to expect. Not that that takes anything away from it. It’s exciting all round and should definitely be a hit if people pay attention to it. It’s a very enjoyable song.

STAY ALIVE (JEJE LAIYE)

“God does not sleep
and He will make a way”

This is an inspirational YOLO track, it gets you in a reflective mood, makes you think about your life in some ways. It basically talks about valuing your life. It’s already quite popular with a video and all and without a doubt a wonderful song.

BELLE (FT. FLAVOUR)

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“u be chairman no be for mouth ey
oya chairman do something
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This song has rocked! And we all know this!

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LIFE GOES ON (FT. AFAY)

“now it’s over, what am i gonna do
now it’s over, somehow i’ll make it thru”

A befitting end to the album from a general perspective. This track is a very good duet and an example of the immense talent that exists in Africa. Wonderful vocals, good lyrics, it’ll probably make for a good stage performance. Kudos! To them.

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SUMMARY

This album is a good listen. The lyrics are not wasteful neither are they ignorant, they capture elements of our society, everyday situations that we go through and that sets it apart from a typical Nigerian album. Omawumi’s vocal delivery on the album is reflective of her talents, not taking the high route of only trying to sell the song but more importantly convict the listener with her powerful voice. Musically, the beats are good but not that all exceptional only but a few but the production is tight.
The one good thing about this album is its length; it’s not long and boring like some other Nigerian albums. You never for one moment ask yourself “when will this end?” some might argue that it’s a bit short which might be true because she has the talent to deliver that bit more but then again why over do it. This album is concise, straight to the point and delivered to the fans just the way it should, not shadowed with unnecessary collaborations but with good musical melodies and relevant lyrics.
There is no doubt of the talent that is omawumi and this sophomore album further proves how good not only a singer she is but how damn good an artist she is. This album gets a C+

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I AM NOT A HUMAN BEING II : A REVIEW

Sorry for not posting this earlier but we’ve just been extra busy with exams. Anyway, let’s skip the intro and jump straight into the review.

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And all my nigga I roll with are hella armed
And last night, I took a transformer
I had a dream my dick turned to Megatron
But my girl was sleeping with decepticons

This is a strong start to the album with keys playing in the background while Weezy is spitting some of his best shii in a while. His style might be getting old and all but this track is a throwback to dem Carter3 days. It’s a mix of both sentimental and trademark quirky lines.

Curtains ft Boo

Okay, I’m straight at you. No ricochet
That pussy boneless, that’s chick-fil-a
I fuck with real riders and they tickets paid
For them dead presidents, we will start digging graves

LIL WAYNE

Real niggas winning, fake niggas losing
Bitch I’ll leave that pussy with bruises

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Uhm…I dunno. This track doesn’t really do it for me. The beat is on some G shii and all but the only thing I’ve learned from this song is that Lil Wayne is nervous cos if he wasn’t, he wouldn’t have kept on repeating “I swear to God I aint nervous”. No one asked brov. Boo’s verse on this wasn’t that good but he held his ground reasonably well. His verse wasn’t good enough for me to download his mixtape or nuthin, just good enough to stop me from deleting the song.

Days & Days ft 2chainz

I got skinny ass jeans, trucks on that pocket
Money talks, nigga, I’m caught up in that gossip

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2chainz, my first chain had a twin
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You know there’s a problem, a BIG problem in fact, when 2chainz renegades another rapper and when the rapper is someone who was once the best alive, it’s just sad.

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This song just has Weezy spitting his usual ” Pussy is sweet so eat it” lines before 2chainz comes in and unexpectedly steals the show. This song is almost a waste of a very good beat. Almost. Tunechi manages to almost salvage it with his last verse.

Gunwalk ft Gudda Gudda

Now fuck with me, get fucked over
Emergency room, rushed over

LIL WAYNE

Walk ‘round this motherfucka limpin
Cos the nose on the pistol ‘bout as long as Scottie pippen’s

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There are 2 good things about this song and sadly, it’s not the rappers. The chorus and the beat. Apart from that, Weezy just sounds uninspired. He sounds like he just recorded this song by mistake, He probably didn’t even know the mic was on. This is probably the reason why Waste of Space aka Gudda Gudda was allowed to rap on this. This is probably as trash as trash gets but I shouldn’t jump to conclusions since there are still a couple of tracks left. Shii might get worse.

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No Worries ft Detail

She said sorry I didn’t shave so that pussy is a little furry
I put that pussy in my face, I ain’t got no worries

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This song was (and still is) a huge hit. The beat, the chorus, the verses all go together to create a zany club banger. This is definitely a win for the album.

Back to You

She had cat eyes, nine lives, no tan lines, high thighs
She ride me like a drive by, I’m real and these niggas Sci-fi

Wow! I actually like this one. This is a rock rap fusion that is a throwback to the Rebirth days. The major reason why this works is because he is not relying fully on auto-tune, he’s just flowing ALMOST seamlessly with the beat. Even the sample makes sense. Another win.

Trigger Finger ft Soulja Boy

Better turn to God before I turn to Godzilla
How the fuck you go talk shit to diarrhoea

LIL WAYNE

Rest in peace to the game cos I’m fresh to death
Rest in peace to the game, tell them kill theyself

SOULJA BOY

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A slow beat with a banging bass line plus Weezy’s verse combine to create another win for Tunechi. Weezy sounds so laid back on this and makes it look easy but when Soulja Boy steps up to the plate, he almost fuxks the whole thing up. This is a track I believe most Lil Wayne Fans will like.

Beat the Shit ft Gunplay

And I bought a fuckin zoo, tear this shit up and chuck a deuce
This triple C, they triple L: lames love to lose

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Watch me cock the Nina, call that rough sex
Knock your head off, you’re just a rough neck

LIL WAYNE

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Seriously?? Wait. Seriously? Is that the chorus? Seriously???

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The only reason I didn’t skip this straight up is cos I wanted to hear Gunplay’s verse and he didn’t disappoint at all. The dopeman’s verse is like an air freshener on an otherwise shitty track. The beat is aiite and all but I just can’t get past the chorus. I’m sorry.

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Ok, It’s part of my job to jam the track to the end and after bumping this, I can say that the chorus is prolly the only wack thing about the song cos the verses are pretty aiite and all. It’s just that chorus that keeps putting me off.

Rich as Fuck ft 2Chainz

Never talk to the cops, I don’t speak pig latin
I turn the penny into a motherfuckin Janet Jackson

This is my favourite track on the album and it contains what I think is 2chainz finest Chorus moment ever. The beat itself is already a problem, now add that to a Tunechi who seemingly knows what he is doing and you get something extra crazy. Even the pussy jokes on this song actually work.

Trippy ft Juicy J

She get dick, weed and ignored; that’s a DWI nigga
LIL WAYNE

Weed that I smoke
Straight off the boat
Six foot bong, tryna see what I toke

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This is not as bad as I expected it to be but Juicy J’s verse is just messed up. The beat and the chorus deserve a bottle of audio tipex

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The verses also have Weezy going back to his uninspired self.
Note to self: Add this song to bedtime playlist.

Good Kush & Alcohol (Bitches love me) ft Drake & Future

I feel her heartbeat, I chest to chest with this bitch
Now ,turn around, face down, I’m arresting this bitch

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Well, beauty is in the eyes (in this case, the ears) of the beholder (listener). I know a whole lotta you like this song but to be honest; everything goes down after Tunechi’s first verse and the chorus. The only reason why I played this to the end is cos I thought Mr Cremé Puffs was going to rap. This song doesn’t do it for me but I think a lotta Weezy fans will love this one too.

Romance

They say the best part of waking up is breakfast after a nut

No.

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God bless Amerika

You can play a role in my life but not the lead
If there’s food for thought then I’m guilty of greed

This is another good track. The only problem being that Tunechi can’t stay on subject and so he keeps drifting/straying to unrelated shii which almost make the sound track sound scattered and unhinged. The track is okay nonetheless.

Wowzers ft Trina

Beat that pussy, go to sleep, she got that Tylenol PM
LIL WAYNE

Lay on that bed, open your mouth
This pussy so clean like soap in your mouth

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This sounds like some song that was just put in to fill up space. The track is not all out bad but it’s not the kind of stuff you put on an album.

Hello

Phone in her back pocket made her booty call
This is another rock-rap fusion and it works for him again on this one to an extent. It’s a good way to end this album, not strong, just good.

Conclusion:

Gone, it seems, are the days when Lil Wayne’s quirky senses of humor and off the cuff jokes about oral sex were considered funny. To say the truth, they’ve been “overused” by Tunechi to the point of becoming tiring. Also, lines that could once have been attributed to signs or side-effects of creative genius can now be seen to be just “the same idea with different words on a similar beat”.
All in all, this is no Carter2 or 3. This album can’t stand in the same room as C2 and C3. It’s just full of pussy jokes, oral sex jokes, drug jokes, my-dick-is-extra-long-jokes, etc. There is no purely serious, thought provoking or thoughtful song on this and even the song that is supposed to be a romantic song (ROMANCE) is sure to make any girl keep her clothes on. At times, it is difficult to differentiate between one track and the next because he just keeps portraying the same ideas. Even lil Wayne Stans have to admit that this album is not all that. He could have done way better.
I give this a D

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