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Lil Wayne: Funeral Album Review

Overall Funeral is a solid album that Wayne should be proud to add to his discography. It’s a little lengthy but I hear Wayne wanted 24 tracks to honor Kobe Bryant who just tragically passed in a helicopter accident, so the length of the album gets a pass and who can complain about more Wayne tracks. Wayne, being a diehard Lakers fan, also left the last 24 seconds on the 8th track of the album silent to pay tribute to Kobe. 

Whoever got Wayne off the autotune mic deserves props because this is when he is at his best! He is still using his voice as an instrument but without the use of autotune, the listener has no distractions from the lyrics and Wayne can be taken more serious as a rapper. 

⚠️ Scroll to the end for the full Album Score.

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Wayne is still talking about using drugs, “I’ve been sipping all this lean that’s why my eyes look dreamy” (Dreams), which disappointed me as a fan. I understand you should rap your truth as an artist and this has been a part of Wayne’s formula for a long time. But with the recent passing of Juice WRLD and with Wayne being someone who has suffered from seizures in the past I thought that he wouldn’t rap about drugs as much on this album. 

The features were a little weak to me in this album. I do love when 2 chainz and Wayne collab, which is always fun to listen to. XXXtentacion made the cut for two Wayne albums in a row, following the track “Don’t Cry” on the Carter 5. I thought that since Drake didn’t appear on the Carter 5 album that he would definitely be featured on Funeral, but no sign of Champagne Papi on this album either.

Wayne still comes with the clever and fun bars but continues the theme of the Carter 5 of letting us in his personal life. Wayne gives us insight on his relationship with his Dad, “Daddy use to look at me like who the f*** this baby is” (Bastards (Satans Kid)). Wayne also raps “Put some respect on my name, I don’t know where I got that from” (Line Em Up) letting us know the status of his relationship with Birdman. Maybe there is still a little bitterness there? 

Wayne’s lyrics still make you rewind and play them back and the beats I can tell were made for this generation in mind. The beats often switch up in the middle similar to a Sicko Mode. He included a twerk song with “Clap for Em” for a solid club hit that the females will enjoy. He comes with the tough and gruesome bars we are used to in the track “Line Em Up”. He raps “Cut his face make him use his blood for his aftershave” and “Pistol whip you till you know the serial number by heart”. My favorite track of the album is “Mama Mia”, which has no hook, just a 3 minute and 45 second long verse of straight witty and fun bars. Whenever a Wayne song doesn’t include a hook, I know it will be good. Bottom line good album!

Album Score

Album Score
7/10
Total Score iThis score is based on several factors contributing to the overall enjoyment of the album

Pros

  • No autotune
  • Great production
  • Fantastic bars
  • New content about his life
  • Kobe tribute

Cons

  • Weak features
  • Too many filler tracks
  • Still raps about drug use

What do you think?

Written by Andre Cross

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