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If anyone is still skeptical about whether or not Lil Wayne’s beef with his label and his “Daddy” was real, his latest mixtape, Sorry 4 the Wait 2, swiftly and aggressively puts all doubt to rest.
Tunechi does not mince words, coming out in the opening song “Coco,” a cover of the ubiquitous OT Genasis track of the same name, taking aim at the man and the label that he’s been riding with since he was 13 years old.
“Cash Money is a army, I’m a one man army / And if them n****s comin’ for me I’m going out like Tony / I don’t want no problems I just want my money / And I don’t hold no conversation or my luggage / Tell whoever’s counting tonight I’m on 100 / Birdman Jr. more like Ugly Ducklin',” Wayne raps on the track.
One of Sorry 4 The Wait 2’s high notes comes early on with Future’s “S**t” serving as the canvas for Weezy F to go, like Jackson Pollack, all over the place with everything from his pitch (which shifts back-and-forth between syrupy lows and squeaky highs throughout the song) to the subject matter, which ranges from fake rappers to his own unapologetic mood swings and even his sexual exploits.
The “Lollipop” MC continues on his angsty, boisterous warpath on “Selsun Blue, Fingers Hurting” and “Trap House,” on which he expresses his disdain for the recent incidents of police brutality and even name-checks the POTUS for lack of action:
“Lil Tunechi got it jumping like Jordan, these p***y a** n****s can’t guard me / These rookie a** n****s still crawling, these lookin’ a** n****s eyeballing / These hookin’ a** b*****s eyeballing, but I got a bad b***h at home cooking dinner / Hi, honey, I’m home, I’m starving / These crooked a** cops still winning, Black man family still mourning / Black president ain’t do nothing / We need a real n***a up in that office."
In a possible show of allegiance, Drake jumps on “Used To,” which is cut from the same cloth as the Canadian rapper’s recent viral sensations like “6 God” and “Believe Me.”
Wayne blazes some of today’s most popular beats, including Rae Sremmurd’s “No Type,” Beyoncé's “Drunk in Love” and Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot N***a,” which is one of S4TW2’s standouts due to Wayne’s pugnacious flow.
Other high notes on the mixtape include the 2 Chainz-assisted “Preach,” the SNL show stealer “Admit It” and the ominous closing track, “Dreams and Nightmares.”
Despite flashes of the brilliance that catapulted the New Orleans rhymer into superstardom, Sorry 4 The Wait 2 lacks the depth and consistency that shines bright on earlier works. The mixtape is also a little too heavy on his pitchy, Young Thug-esque cadence.
One thing that remains certain is that Lil Wayne still has what it takes to be one of the top MCs in the game, whether or not he can bring that fire on a consistent basis remains to be seen.
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