January 31, 2023
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CD breaks bars with beats

While Lil Wayne’s prison-break album, “I Am Not a Human Being,” does not offer as much lyrical originality as previous ones, gone are the days of the artist’s signature use of onomatopoeia in songs like “Lollipop” and “Mrs. Officer.”

Lil Wayne includes clever puns and sexual innuendos in songs like “Gonorrhea” and “Hold Up,” while offering percussion and electric chords to drive his heartfelt lyrics in songs like “I Am Not a Human Being.”

Rapping about the life of money, sex and drugs, “Mr. Carter” gives listeners a musical mix of passion and pleasure in this new release. The offensive nature of his lyrics is still present; however, Lil Wayne incorporates distorted tonal scales and brass instruments to give his words a lighter tone.

But with support from artists like Drake and Jay Sean along with techno synthesizers, much of Lil Wayne’s predictable flow structure and repetitive lyrics can be overlooked.