The Problem With... Lil Wayne's "How to Love"

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After a couple of delays this year, Lil Wayne's next album, Tha Carter IV, is coming out next month. And, presumably to make amends for the pushbacks, he went ahead and released a mixtape, Sorry 4 The Wait, yesterday.

I don't mind waiting a little longer for an album to drop if an artist is good for it. For sure, Weezy is good for it. What bothers me is his attempts at different genres, such as his latest single, "How To Love."

This track is a sappy acoustic ballad that has Weezy pouring his heart out. It sounds like a failed light rock experiment -- kinda like his failed hard rock experiment in last year's album, Rebirth. If your memory blocked it out for you, let me summarize: On Rebirth, Weezy tried to sound like the Red Hot Chili Peppers but ended up sounding like Ed from the movie Good Burger using Auto-Tune.

"How To Love" also doesn't have any of the simile-based punchlines we've come to expect from Weezy. Instead, we get a singer pining over a bartender with lines like (You see a lot of crooks/and the crooks still crook) with no clever punchline to cinch it like "Jesse James!" or "Sundance!"

The subject of the track is sorta like that of the Train song "Marry Me," which details a signer's love for a café waitress. There must be something about wait staff that gets musicians all mushy over them.

A few years from now, you might hear this track on adult-contemporary stations that play in diners -- likely between Suzanne Vega and Dave Mathews Band tracks.

The one saving grace here is that I imagine Weezy sounds like Barry White if you drop the pitch an octave. Other than that, this track is another reason Weezy needs to stick to rapping in front of minimally produced beats.
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YEAH I SAID IT
YEAH I SAID IT

IF YOU THINK THAT THIS SONG IS GOOD, THEN YOU ARE LOSING TOUCH WITH WHAT GOOD MUSIC REALLY SOUNDS LIKE BY LISTENING TO ALL THIS CRAP THAT IS COMING OUT NOW A DAYS. IT DOESNT EVEN FLOW INTO ANY KIND OF SUBJECT AND BESIDES THE HOOK YOU WOULDNT UNDERSTAND WHAT HE WAS EVEN TALKING ABOUT.....WOW YALL ARE LOSING IT...GET IT BACK TO TOGETHER

YEAH I SAID IT
YEAH I SAID IT

OH YEAH AND IM 21, BLACK AND STAY 2 HRS FROM NEW ORLEANS AND 3.5 FROM ATLANTA NOT A WAYNE HATER AT ALL I JUST HATE BAD MUSIC FROM ANYBODY INCLUDING HIM

Hannah Ford
Hannah Ford

Not to be a hater, but your facts aren't straight. This song isn't about a bartender or a waitress at all. It's about woman he knows whom he is watching while she dances, presumably at a club they both visit. He never once says she is a bartender or waitress. 

Lil Wayne is a musician, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with musicians exploring music, the same way that you, as a writer, might try your hand at a poem, or a play, or a book- whether you failed or succeeded, you would have produced something from the seat of your talent, which is what creation is all about. 

This blog post is unnecessarily harsh, and also incorrect.

Also, Lil Wayne doesn't sound a damn thing like Train- both of whom I am a fan.

Biscuit28
Biscuit28

you are a douche, it's a good song. better than any work you will ever do you shitty blog writer.

Eduardo
Eduardo

Shut up men this song is amazing u dont hace any reason to say that , i think ure so stupid or idk cuz that song Its d best ,wEezy Keep doing that!!

B-Hack
B-Hack

I think you need to stop hatin, he is just trying to expand his listening group! Weezy, you still the best homie!!!!

Jpdesignscompany
Jpdesignscompany

I disagree! I love that song...i think as an artist he is amazing. His willingness to try new things is my favorite attribute about lul wayne. He doesnt allow narrowminded opinionated people pigeonhole him into only being ib one genre. Keep doing you Wayne!! Loving your style babe!~Jerseypeach~

Louis Austin
Louis Austin

i think its simplicity makes it better than a song with catchy punch lines. plus the album has 18 songs on it, one of them is 6ft 7. im willing to put money on the fact, it will be epic!

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