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Rebirth
Studio album by Lil Wayne
Released February 2, 2010
Recorded 2008-2009
Genre Rap rock, pop rock, electro-hop
Length 46:43
Label Cash Money, Young Money
Producer DJ Infamous & Andrew "Drew" Correa,[1] Cool & Dre, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Travis Barker, Streetrunner,Chase N. Cashe, DJ Nasty & LVM, Hit-Boy, Kevin Rudolf
Lil Wayne chronology
Tha Carter III
(2008)
Rebirth
(2010)
Tha Carter IV
(2011)
Singles from Rebirth
  1. "Prom Queen"
    Released: January 27, 2009
  2. "On Fire"
    Released: December 1, 2009
  3. "Drop the World"
    Released: December 22, 2009
  4. "Knockout"
    Released: March TBD, 2010[1]

Rebirth is the seventh studio album by American rapper Lil Wayne, released February 2, 2010 on Cash Money Records. It was originally set to be released in early 2009, before several delays led to its release. Production for the album was handled primarily by Cool & Dre, DJ Infamous, DJ Nasty & LVM, Kevin Rudolf, and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League. Rebirth is his rock music debut, though it also includes hip hop tracks.

The album debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 176,000 copies in its first week. It became Wayne's seventh top-ten album in the United States and produced four singles that attained Billboard chart success. Upon its release, Rebirth received generally negative reviews from most music critics.

Contents

Background

The album was originally thought to be the re-release of his triple-platinum album Tha Carter III.[2] However on January 23, Wayne told MTV that the album will not be a re-release, but will be his rock album debut. The album was originally scheduled for an April 7, 2009 release,[3] however it went through multiple release dates and was released on February 2, 2010 release.[4] Young Money artist, Shanell, stated that the delays were due to Wayne's desire for the album to be "perfect".[5]

The first single, "Prom Queen", was produced by Infamous and Andrew "Drew" Correa. The song made its official debut on January 27, appearing on Wayne's MySpace page. Wayne performed the single live for the first time during a concert in San Diego, which was streamed live by Ustream[6] on AT&T’s FREEdom of Choice and Mobile Music Facebook pages that evening.[1] "Prom Queen" peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Lil Wayne stated he collaborated with Fall Out Boy for his album,[7] while he also lent his vocals for their Folie à Deux album.[8] According to a Rolling Stone article about the album, so are Lenny Kravitz and Pete Wentz. He will reportedly pay homage to the Beastie Boys[9][10], and a song that involves him rapping over stringed instruments, described as being similar to Coldplay's "Viva la Vida" will be on the album as well.[11] Young Money artist, Shanell, has been collaborating with Wayne on the album.[5] She has been credited for her vocals on a track called "Most Wanted Rockstar" which may appear on the album.[12] Eminem has been confirmed to have an appearance on a track titled "Drop the World".[13]

Birdman had confirmed that Tha Carter IV will be packaged with Rebirth as a double disc album.[14] However, Wayne denied this idea saying that "Tha Carter IV deserves Tha Carter IV". He went on to say that We Are Young Money may be packaged with Rebirth.[15] However, in November 2009, Wayne said that the albums would be released separately.[16] Billboard magazine received an e-mail from a customer of online retailer Amazon.com stating that Amazon.com shipped copies of Rebirth as early as December 14. Amazon shipped about 500 pre-ordered copies and blamed a "shipping error".[17] Young Money Entertainment president Mack Maine stated that the album would have different tracks than that of the leaked version.[4]

Recording and production

The first single, "Prom Queen", was produced by the duo of DJ Infamous and Drew Correa, notable for producing the Grammy nominated track from Tha Carter III, "Mr. Carter". Production is also expected to come from Cool & Dre and Develop.[18] Birdman also stated that the album will feature a song entitled "I'm Not Human".[19] It has been speculated that the album may be shelved due to less than positive feedback from fans and the media, as well as the lead single, "Prom Queen," having quickly fallen off of the charts shortly after entry.[20] Despite the shelving rumors, Lil Wayne released the single "Hot Revolver" to iTunes on March 17, 2009.[21] On August 18, 2009, in an interview, Wayne confirmed that the album is completed and he is continuously working on Tha Carter IV for the time being.[22] On the single "On Fire" produced by Cool & Dre, Lil Wayne has been said to play the guitar; he plays bass in "Da Da Da".[23]

Release and promotion

The Deluxe edition of the album, was released simultaneously with the Standard edition including two new bonus tracks. To promote the albums release, a single titled "F*** Today (Rebirth Mix) (feat. Gudda)" was released on February 2nd 2010. [24][25]

Singles

  • "Prom Queen" (feat. Shanell)- The lead single released from the album. It peaked at #15 on Billboard Hot 100 being the highest charted single from the album. The video features members of Korn.
  • "On Fire"- Replaced "Hot Revolver" as the second single from the album due to the song not appearing on the album. "On Fire" peaked at #62 on Hot 100. The song contains samples from Amy Holland's song "She's on Fire". [26]
  • "Da Da Da"- Released as a B-Side to "On Fire". The song failed to chart, however a music video was shot and is set to be released. [27]
  • "Drop the World" (feat. Eminem)- Released as the album's third official single peaking at #18 on the Hot 100. The song was praised by critics as the albums highlight. A music video is to be released soon.
Other songs
  • "Hot Revolver"- Promo single intended to be on Rebirth. The single debuted on iTunes March 17, 2009, while it peaked at #7 on the iTunes Top 10. It debuted at #33 on the Billboard Hot 100. In Canada it debuted at #54 on the Canadian Hot 100 the same week. The song did not appear on the album and was replaced by "On Fire" as the albums second single.
  • "Knockout" (feat. Nicki Minaj) has debuted on Hot 100 at #44 with release of album due to strong digital sales.
  • "American Star" (feat. Shanell)- also charted at #91 on Hot 100 with the release of album on February 2, 2010.

Reception

Commercial performance

The album debuted at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart with sales of 176,000 copies, exceeding expectations.[28] It serves as Wayne's seventh U.S. top-ten album.[28] It also debuted at #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and the Top Rap Albums. In its second week tit fell to #4 on the Billboard 200 selling 89,024 more copies making its total sales so far 265,400. On its third week it fell one spot and brang its total sales to 324,470.[29] It remained at #1 on Top Rap Albums for three weeks. Rebirth also entered at number 24 in the United Kingdom and at number 86 in France.[30][31] It has currently sold 361,000 copies[32]. On its fifth and sixth week it stayed at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has been curtified Gold for shipment of over 500,000 copies.

Critical response

 Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[33]
Entertainment Weekly (D+)[34]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[35]
Los Angeles Times 1/4 stars[36]
New York Times (unfavorable)[37]
Pitchfork Media (4.5/10)[38]
PopMatters (4/10)[39]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[40]
USA Today 2/4 stars[41]
Village Voice (mixed)[42]

The album received generally negative reviews from most music critics, based on an aggregate score of 37/100 from Metacritic.[43] It is ranked seventh on the site's list of worst-reviewed albums.[44] Los Angeles Times critic Jeff Weiss called Rebirth "one of the worst albums of the year so far".[36] Chicago Sun-Times writer Jim DeRogatis gave it 1 out of 4 stars and described it as "a wildly misguided experiment".[45] NME's Sam Wolfson gave Rebirth an 4/10 rating and wrote that Wayne "doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing".[46] Allmusic's David Jeffries gave Rebirth 2 out of 5 stars and described it as "a loud and ignorable bore".[33] Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone gave it 2½ out of 5 stars and perceived Wayne's "very questionable taste in rock" as its weakness.[40] Joe Clay of The Times panned Wayne's singing and songwriting, calling his lyrics "devoid of humour and imagination".[47] HipHopDX.com columnist Alex Thornton viewed Wayne's taste in rock music as poor, writing "he’s mistakenly emulated the worst of the genre instead of digging a little bit deeper into something with a real soul".[48] The Guardian's Alexis Petridis gave the album 2 out of 5 stars and wrote "Given that everyone knows Carter can do so much better than this, it all smacks a bit of condescension, of locating a different audience, then talking down to them".[35] M.T. Richards of PopMatters gave it a 4/10 rating and described its music as "an endless stream of abysmally written, Auto Tune-drenched nothings".[39] The Washington Post's Allison Stewart called Rebirth "profoundly, irretrievably awful" and "very much a thing unto itself, without a reason in the world for existing".[49]

In a generally mixed review, The Village Voice writer Christopher R. Weingarten wrote that Wayne's lyrics "still walk some fascinating line between signifying unmistakable genius, curious savant, or total dick", but viewed the album as lacking substance, stating "Wayne's big problem is that he seems to like the idea of rock music more than any actual rock music itself".[42] The New York Post's Dan Aquilante gave the album 2½ out of 5 stars and wrote "he does rap on the record, but that may not satisfy hard-core hip-hop fans who may view this as traitorous rather than musically adventurous".[50] Despite writing favorably of its few raps, Robert Ferguson of Drowned in Sound gave Rebirth a 5/10 rating and found fault with its "overblown choruses and riffs".[51] USA Today writer Steve Jones gave it 2 out of 4 stars and wrote "Rebirth is neither well-conceived nor artfully delivered".[41] Pitchfork Media's Ryan Dombal gave it a 4.5/10 rating and called it "an unlikely, unqualified, and quite unbelievable rock album".[38] Slant Magazine's Jesse Cataldo gave the album 1½ out of 5 stars, calling it "a total misperception of what makes a rock record" and describing its sound as "mostly unrecognizable, a twisted amalgam of tacky set pieces collected from throughout the genre's history".[52] The A.V. Club's Nathan Rabin gave Rebirth a D+ rating and viewed its sound and lyrics as clichéd, writing that it "plays like an over-the-top parody of a rock album".[53]

Giving Rebirth 1 out of 4 stars, Chicago Tribune critic Greg Kot panned Wayne's stylistic change and described his lyrics as "crushingly banal".[54] However, RapReviews writer John-Michael Bond gave it a 7/10 rating and found Wayne's attempt at rock music interesting, calling the album "uneven" with "moments of genius".[55] In contrast, IGN's Brian Linden viewed the album's musical concept as flawed and Wayne's lyrics as its major flaw, writing "It's as if the rock backdrop somehow exposes every songwriting flaw and lays it bare".[56] Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly gave it a D+ rating and compared Wayne's decision to record a rock album to basketball player Michael Jordan's attempt at baseball, stating "Jordan returned to the basketball court after one ill-fated season in the farm leagues; we can only hope for the same for Wayne".[34] In a generally unfavorable review, Jon Pareles of The New York Times wrote that its lyrics "stay dutifully on topic" and found "how it reveals a rapper’s view of rock" as interesting, writing "For Lil Wayne rock is bombast and cliché in which high-school traumas are avenged, heaven and hell are frequently invoked and existential predicaments are taken seriously".[37] Despite the generally negative criticism towards Rebirth, several music critics wrote favorably of its single "Drop the World" and Eminem's contribution on the song, viewing it as a highlight on the album.[34][37][46][52][49][47]

Track listing

Track Title Producer(s) Length
1. "American Star" (featuring Shanell) DJ Nasty & LVM 3:37
2. "Prom Queen" (featuring Shanell) DJ Infamous, Drew Correa 3:37
3. "Ground Zero"   Streetrunner, DJ Infamous 3:57
4. "Da Da Da"   Cool & Dre 3:40
5. "Paradice"   Kevin Rudolf, Cool & Dre 3:57
6. "Get a Life"   Cool & Dre 3:12
7. "On Fire"   Cool & Dre 4:08
8. "Drop the World" (featuring Eminem) Hit-Boy, Chase N. Cashe 3:49
9. "Runnin'" (featuring Shanell) J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League 4:31
10. "One Way Trip" (featuring Kevin Rudolf) Travis Barker, Kevin Rudolf, DJ Infamous 4:38
11. "Knockout" (featuring Nicki Minaj) J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League 4:09
12. "The Price is Wrong"   DJ Infamous 3:28

Personnel

Credits for Rebirth adapted from Allmusic.[58]

  • Sandy Brummels – creative director
  • Katina Bynum – project manager
  • Dwayne "Tha President" Carter – executive producer
  • Jonathan Mannion – photography
  • Vlado Meller – mastering
  • Scott Sandler – logo design
  • Mark Santangelo – assistant
  • Raheem "Rahlo" Thomas – A&R
  • Bryan "Baby Birdman" Williams – executive producer
  • Ronald "Slim Tha Don" Williams – executive producer

Chart history

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[59] 51
Dutch Albums Chart[31] 75
French Albums Chart[31] 86
Greek Albums Chart[31] 28
New Zealand Albums Chart[31] 33
Norwegian Albums Chart[31] 40
Swiss Albums Chart[31] 15
UK Albums Chart[30] 24
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200[28] 2
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums 1

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