Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Album Review: Lil Wayne - Rebirth (2/5)
Lil Wayne venturing into rock-styled music is really nothing new, Jay-Z, Nas and Lupe Fiaso have all had a couple songs on some of their albums of which have exuded a rock-feel--the only difference is that until now no-one has yet to make a full-fledged album built around rock. The shift in direction for Wayne's seventh album Rebirth could have something legendary, maybe even beginning a new mainstream hip-hop rock era however unfortunately the results fall short, way short.
Whilst the some of the songs individually aren't terrible (I suppose at times it comes down to taste or what you want to hear when you listen to rap) what makes this record an underwhelming project is that it's obvious Wayne didn't do his homework when it comes to the rock-genre. What bothers me most is that he thinks a rough collision of drums and heavy electronic guitars and some screechy auto-tuned vocals mixed together can be called rock--which goes to show not just anyone can do a rock record. I spent some finding some comparisons to show prove or show how tasteless this album is; Linkin' Park's debut album Hybrid Theory one of the best rock albums of all time is essentially a rap-rock album however it's not just a messy blur of typical instruments everything on that album was intricate from the beats, ryhthms, bass lines, insutrments to the vocals, what Wayne is missing is any knowledge on how to produce a successful rock album and what sinks the album even lower is his lack of intersting lyrics (which is ultimately what his career rides on and why Tha Carter III was so successful).
There are some good tracks on here, the best track is "Knockout" with Nicki Minaj, a breezy mash of electronic guitars and drums, drawing in some cool alternative rock/pop influences. It's no surprise it's currently the most popular track from the album. "Drop the World" with Eminem is an awesome song, unfortunately Eminem steals the show, possibly one of the few tracks that they bothered to compose as a proper ode to rock. "Runnin" is a Daughtry-styled rock ballad with a big chorus, which is really the only highlight of the song. Current single "On Fire," has a cool '80s influences, however not a favorite though.
There's nothing else I like on here, nothing else really that credible that maybe would appeal to a hardcore fan rather than the general music listener. Whilst some of the tracks are over-the-top ("Get a Life," "One Way Trip," "The Price is Wrong") it's more tame, such as "Paradice" and "Da Da Da" which has awful lyrics about "funky monkies") are boring.
It's a shame Wayne couldn't make this work. I feel he could have accomplished so much with the idea and with current status in hip-hop right now. But on happier trials he returns to what he knows best normal hip-hop/rap for the fourth installment in Tha Carter series later this year.
Best: Knockout, Drop the World, Runnin'