Wayne's Quick Leak Smells Stale

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    Lil Wayne has been something of a feature slut this past
    year, appearing on tracks with almost every mainstream rapper in hip-hop, as
    well as releasing countless mixtapes (including the highly entertaining Da
    Drought 3) easily adding up to several albums’ worth of material.

    Still, he has yet to drop his highly anticipated sixth solo
    album, The Carter III.

    So in comes The Leak, a puzzling EP released December last
    year to very little fanfare or promotion. The Leak is supposed to be a
    mini-compilation of Lil Wayne songs that serves as a precursor for his upcoming
    album. The only thing is, a leak is supposed to create a buzz; an interest in
    the artist’s project, and in order for that to happen you would need to leak
    quality material (or at least entertaining in some form or fashion). No one in
    Lil Wayne’s camp seemed to remember that last bit.

    Instead, what we’re left with is a pretty accurate portrayal
    of what Lil Wayne seems to be right now: all over the place, unfocused, rapping
    like a maniac and slightly boring. The most exciting track is easily “I’m Me,”
    where Wayne does what Wayne
    does best: rap about himself, how much weed he smokes and how he makes much
    more money than you — and it sounds pretty damn fun.

    Too bad he can’t keep the same spirit going for the rest of
    the EP. “Love Me or Hate Me” and “Talkin’ ‘Bout It” are some of the most boring
    Weezy tracks in recent memory, as WF Baby phones in his verses over mediocre
    beats. “Kush” is a fun little track, but it’s nothing
    noteworthy or extraordinary, especially considering the standards Wayne
    has set for himself. “Gossip,” the track Lil Wayne debuted at the B.E.T. awards
    this past year, is pretty ridiculous. The track runs around how much Wayne has
    done for hip-hop, yet how little he has been appreciated, which is particularly
    hard to believe — especially since Wayne has been on the cover of magazines,
    every remix in the past year and pretty much lauded from all circles.

    The Leak is a joke, the material is sub par and its timing
    is odd. More puzzling still: Who the hell is going to buy a crappy five-song EP
    nowadays anyway?

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