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Lil Wayne, Rebirth, Review
Lil Wayne’s: Rebirth, RapGenius Review, by iRodTouch
Lil Wayne released Rebirth nearly two years after the wildly successful Carter III. If Lil Wayne didn’t have one of the most distinctive voices in Hip Hop, you wouldn’t have been able to tell they were by the same person. Rebirth was almost as far from a classic Hip Hop album as you can get, you listen to Rebirth and you are almost in a Rock N Roll spectrum of music. That mixed with a heavy dose of Auto Tune makes for one of the most distinguished sounds you will hear, but was it good??
Lyrics — 2/5
Beats — 2/5
Flow — 2/5
American Star — A pretty simple rock beat that your local high school band could probably play. You can barely understand what Wayne is saying his voice is so edited, and during some parts of the song he almost screaming. Shanell sings a below average chorus that is centered around Lil Wayne being a “Dope boy with a guitar” but the chorus is actually the best part of the song.
Prom Queen — The beat is a lot better than American star, though still lacking in the lyrics department, Prom Queen is one of the few song where Waynes voice isn’t completely drenched in auto tune, although still heavily used, it isn’t nearly as bad as the first song and is used better than most of the tracks on the album.
Ground Zero — Rock wasn’t enough for Weezy, he got into almost hard rock in this track, that being said there wasn’t as much auto tune but Lil Wayne rock voice is just as bad. The interlude shows a softer side of the song which is a lot better and the third verse is less rock and more rap with better lyrics than most of the other songs on the album.
Da Da Da — This song was atrocious. The chorus was exactly what the title says. Lil Wayne followed the chorus up with this verse “Yeah, I know you want me, Yeah, give me that monkey, Yeah, that funky monkey, Yeah, that funky monkey” then the chorus hit again. The third verse was better and sounded like the Lil Wayne that we all know but the fourth chorus was just as bad as the first two. You can’t say “da” 103 times in a song and expect me to like it the slightest bit at all.
Paradice — I don’t know why it’s spelled like that but it is. The first two lines of the first two verses, are sang with very little auto tune and it actually songs pretty good. But then the next two lines are swamped with auto tune to the point where you have to listen pretty intently to pick up what he is saying. The chorus is the same way, but makes more sense, since he is saying it ain’t paradise. The third verse is more rap than rock with decent lyrics but the auto tune is still there.
Get A Life — I feel like this song shouldn’t be taken completely serious, it seems like it’s more of a good time song, and if it is just a fun song he succeeded in that aspect, although a little less auto tune would have been nice. It almost sounds like a song that would be on MLB The Show. But not knowing that if that was the songs intention I can’t judge it like that, and either way it isn’t a very appealing listen.
On Fire — The vocals sound like he stuck to the “rock” theme but the beat is more of a hip hop sound. The lyrics are well below average and are about how hot his girl is. The lyrics were repetitive and his auto tuned voice hasn’t gotten any better.
Drop The World — By far, without a question the best song on the album. Wayne Got away from the rock aspect and back to rap. Lil Waynes verses weren’t terrible and he finally found a decent balance with the auto tune. The chorus was iffy, but Eminem pretty much snuck up and butt fucked Lil Waynes entire album up. He blew away any Wayne verse on the album and is the only reason this tracked cracked my iTunes top 25 most played for the short period of time it did.
Runnin — Although it’s clearly a rock beat it’s pretty hip hoppy (if that’s a term) Wayne’s first two verses are actually decent lyricism, and flow wise. Shannel sings a chorus that I can’t stand. Lil Wayne’s verses and Shannel’s chorus sounded like two different songs. Wayne’s last two verses are just like the rest of the album.
One Way Trip — The best rock beat on the album, and Wayne took more of a hip hop approach on his verses which I didn’t understand at all, The verses were decent but nothing really stood out. Kevin Rudolf killed the chorus though, and Travis Barker went HAM on the drums.
Knockout — Another good beat (do rock n roll fans even call it a beat??) But once again the use of Auto Tune is atrocious, and Nicki Minaj is good on the chorus but just yells at you in her verse which there really isn’t anything special about except a few sex/boxing double entendre’s. And Wayne’s outro is just as bad as his verses.
The Price is Wrong — Lil Wayne say “Okay” or some variation of the word 58 times, “Yeah” 54 times, and “Fuck her anyway” Almost 30, That means 31% of the time, Lil Wayne is saying Okay, Yeah, or Fuck her anyway. Wow.
So, Was it good?? The answer is an astounding no. It was almost like Wayne couldn’t decide if we wanted to rock or rap. He couldn’t decide if he wanted to use a lot of auto tune or more auto tune. The beats were average no matter what genre and the lyrics could have been much better, I almost wanted to hear a classic Lil Wayne punchline, but it just never happened. The album flowed decently, but at times the abundant use of auto tune is the only thing that really let me know I was still listening to Rebirth. I once said different is good. But different is only good if you know what your doing. Lil Wayne should have stuck to what he knows best. Rapping. Over the years Lil Wayne has built one of the best fan bases of any rapper, and Rebirth failed to go platinum despite that. The best verse on the album doesn’t even belong to Lil Wayne it belongs to Eminem, and one could make a solid argument that Nicki Minaj’s verse was better than any of Wayne’s as well. There were moments on this album where Wayne did shine, but they were way to few and so very far between that by the time you heard the second one you had lost the first one in the mess that is Rebirth… The album just wasn’t very good, especially for Lil Wayne’s standards. It’s almost shocking that he made a full fledged album out of it, but never the less music is music, art is art, and I’m sure there are quite a few people who liked the album. I’m just not one of those people.
Lil Wayne’s, Rebirth
If it sounds like I’m being really negative, I’m not a Lil Wayne hater the album was just really bad.
Not bad man, thanks for reminding me about me slacking on my DeAndre Way review… I just don’t know where to start
Maybe keep working on the formatting though, haha, maybe I’m just too used to 6x’s perfect format, I have no idea.
Yeah, 6x puts everybody to shame, I’m just trying to keep up.
FUCK YOU 6X
No hate though.
“FUCK YOU… no hate though”
I didn’t want him to take it the wrong way.
If there’s a right way to take FUCK YOU
Send me your one of your reviews in a word document so I can see how it is formatted lol
It is a tight-lipped secret. Like the secret Coca-Cola recipe!
You gave Rebirth’s lyrics a higher rating than Kanye’s 808’s and Heartbreaks? Not the route I would have taken, but I suppose I get it. This album was just awful. I’ll have to search around for some asshole that gave it a mediocre or better rating; then discredit their opinion for life. Well done.
Thank you for the props on my formatting, which really isn’t crazy, I just utilize the (How to add links/pics etc) link. My Cudi review is probably the best example.
I’m glad to see you were actually willing to recognize some of the good in the album — when I saw someone posted a review, I was half-expecting some “FUCK WAYNE RUINING HIP HOP KISSING BIRDMAN ASS” diatribe, so I like the fact that you actually looked at the songs.
I mostly agree, the album is in large part garbage, but there are a few tracks that have made their way into my playlists. “Drop the World” has some evocative lyrics, that intense, moody music, and of course the rip-shit Eminem verse. “Knockout” is a ton of fun, and I actually love Nicki’s verse as well as chorus. I think my favorite track is “Ground Zero” though. Those bars he spits on that one are seriously underrated — seriously evocative, poetic stuff going on there.
“Rebirth” is an interesting album for me because it’s seriously pretty weak, and still somehow underrated, simply because everyone in the world wanted it to be the worst thing ever made, and it just isn’t.
I am largely into rock/metal, I go more underground with artists there than I do hip-hop — and I love hip-hop. So as a huge fan of both genre’s it is easy to say that Lil Wayne made a terrible rock album. The guitars, the drums, the bass lines, all of it was so sub-par, as someone said, you’d think a high school band recorded it for him.
RIP iRod Touch
@6x, I feel like with 808’s whatever you think about the lyrics is right. As hip hop lyrics they clearly not stand out but they are pretty personal or emotional lyrics that you can easily find something in.
@JohnnyWang, It was a tough review, I did a lot of changing of the ratings of sounds, I tried to stay as true to myself and what I thought as I could, but I knew that if I rated a song to high I would be an idiot and if I rated them all low I was a hater. I’m pretty happy with all of them though.
Rebirth is worse than Encore
best track is drop the world
Slim probably already got the e-mail but:
To get the formatting you can just highlight something and select “View Selection Source”