New Orleans' biggest rap export puts his contemporaries in the shade on inspired new mixtape
Lil Wayne - ' I Am Not A Human Being II'
The once-great Cash Money star is bankrupt of ideas
All that hasn't stopped him returning to the herculean message of 2010's 'I Am Not A Human Being' on this sequel. But Wayne's 10th studio album sees memory of his charisma and sparkle during that mid '00s era fade further. Though he still spits with the same southern flow and flair, songs such as 'Trigger Finger' and the unintentionally hilarious 'Romance' ("the best part of waking up is breakfast after a nap") find the 30-year-old sounding uninspired and uninterested, the chilling growl and imaginative Auto-Tune of hits like 'Got Money' replaced by tired punchlines and lazy hooks.
It's not all bad – the album's deluxe edition sees Nicki Minaj rediscover the dirty sneer of her 2010 verse on Kanye West's 'Monster' over 'Lay It Down', a remix of TNGHT tune 'Easy Easy', and there are reliably exciting productions from Dre and Juicy J to explore – but it's hard not to want more from a man who claims to be so superhuman. "Last night I dreamt my dick turned to Megatron", Wayne confides on opener 'IANAHB'. Forget dreams, this is a nightmare.
**PIC Blur-endorsed Icelandic duo move from techno to post-punk on an itchy claustrophobic debut
The Californian garage king's T Rex covers album shows his melodic muscle
Johnny Depp plays a monstrous Boston gangster in a disguise so unsettling you’ll struggle to recognise him
An EP dedicated to victims of the Paris attacks shows the Foos are on defiant form