Release Date: Jul 13, 2011
Record label: Datpiff
No apologies needed, Weezy. As a teaser while he puts the finishing touches on Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne's new mixtape is the kind of freestyle quickie that put him on top back in 2006 and 2007, when he'd bang out Da Drought sequels so fast, we'd hear the next one while we were still scraping our brains off the ceiling from the last one. Sorry 4 the Wait is his first mixtape since 2009's No Ceiling, before a prison term put him on ice.
Lil Wayne spends so much of Sorry 4 the Wait, his new mixtape, rapping about guns and drugs and sex that it's easy to miss one telling little lyrical detail. Rapping over Rick Ross associate Gunplay's riotous bass-bomb "Rollin'", Wayne says, "I cut down on the syrup/ Now I'm in better shape." That qualifies as a big admission for Wayne. Back when he was on his historic mid-2000s mixtape rampage, Wayne's constant consumption of codeine cough syrup, a drug that has contributed to the death of more than a couple of Southern rap legends, was a genuine cause for concern.
Lil Wayne has made you wait. He's sorry. These are the two most substantial themes running throughout the latest offering from the hip-hop superstar, who spent a good chunk of the last decade churning out gold mixtape after mixtape of smoke-addled absurdity. Sorry 4 The Wait, a free download that precedes Weezy's highly anticipated Carter 4 album, finds the formerly voracious rapper - who once said, "Feed me rappers or feed me beats" - in a more subdued place.
Hopes are always high when Weezy releases a mixtape, and this one acts as a hold over for fans anticipating Tha Carter IV, which has been delayed until 29th August. While No Ceilings compounded the bar raised by Da Drought 3 and Dedication 2, Lil Wayne continues to have a lot to prove, since his form dips and soars so wildly. Unfortunately, the tone for this outing is set by “Tunechi’s Back”, which uses “Tupac Back” by Meek Mill and Rick Ross, which itself has a certain epic quality, but here Wayne is overwhelmed by the dramatic, swirling beats.
There really has been quite a wait. A two-year one, in fact. That’s how long its been since we’ve gotten a full body of work of other worldly flows, creative life threats, inventive pussy-eating tales, and timely sports references from Lil Wayne. This certainly doesn’t feel like the case. In ….