The wait is finally over for Lil Wayne fans as he has released his latest project Funeral. The project serves as Wayne’s 13th album and first album not on Cash Money Records. The album features guest appearances from Big Sean, Lil Baby, Adam Levine, The Dream, Jay Rock, 2 Chainz, and XXXTentacion. Lil Wayne has been working on this album during his legal battle with Cash Money Records over his contract.
“What the new thing is for me is actually trying to put out music that sounds a little more like today’s music,” he told Q93.3, a radio station in New Orleans. “What that means for me … is adding hooks. I forget about hooks. I forget ’em. Somebody gotta come in the booth and stop me from rapping, like, ‘This is where you stop it and add a hook.’” – Lil Wayne
When listening to Funeral I saw tremendous growth in Lil Wayne. It seemed to me that he has improved even more on his lyricism and gave us more of his signature flow and less of the other flows he’s experimented with over the years.
One of the things that Wayne wanted to do with this album is making it more contemporary. He wanted to challenge himself to fit in more with the sounds more likable to the music of today and he did just that. I always felt Wayne adapted to the times and raised the bar when it comes to music. This objective wasn’t hard for him to accomplish since he originated the style a lot of today’s artists are using.
When it came to the overall sound of the album Wayne put together a project that you can easily listen to with few skips. The album did fall a little more flat towards the middle, but it is expected of an album of this length. Out of the 24 tracks, about four of them can be considered duds.
I felt Funeral was a good project to release after Tha Carter V. It was hard to see overall the message and concept he was trying to relay. He seemed to have been all over the place. It’s one of the biggest flaws of the project to me. It could’ve been a more composed album if he didn’t adjust it. In the end, he adjusted the album-length to contain 24 tracks in honor of Kobe Bryant. After you take the duds out the album sounded more cohesive to me.
These thoughts are after a couple of playthroughs over the weekend. Over time the album may sound better to me.
What were your thoughts on the album? How do you rank this compared to this project to his recent ones? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.