LIL WAYNE - Sorry 4 the Wait
Maybe people got bored, after all the craze around mixtape series like Dedication or Da Drought. Or, possibly, all were convinced now that Lil Wayne was on a downward slope. Or maybe it was no longer surprising, in the 2010's, to have major rappers releasing better mixtapes than their official albums; it had become a standard. Another theory might be that Weezy himself was now outpaced by the new transformation this musical format was quickly going through, while they became actual albums, instead of compilations of freestyles and existing tracks. Anyway, whatever the rationale was, the situation with Sorry 4 the Wait was the following: it didn't create as high expectations as the rapper's previous mixtapes.
Self-released :: 2011 :: download mixtape
As the title implied, it had been a long wait before this follow-up to Lil Wayne's work was finally disclosed, due to his time in prison, his reinvention as a rock star on the Rebirth album, and his mild I Am Not a Human Being. His fans, actually, had expected a fourth episode to his classic Tha Carter series, and something as strong as the previous ones. This album would ultimately be available, but Sorry 4 the Wait, released one month before, was somehow its appetizer. It didn't help fans to get really patient, though. Many would be critical about this mixtape. They found that Lil Wayne was less inspired than in the past, that he rapped as an autopilot, with standard lyrics about getting high and having sex, and that he relied too much on the quality of his musical selection, instead of sublimating it.
It is true that, there, Lil Wayne's choices were not the riskiest: he had some Maybach Music bulldozers and steamrollers, like Rick Ross' and Meek Mill's "Tupac Back", and Gunplay's and Waka Flocka's "Rollin'". In a similar vein, Weezy also selected the latter's "Grove St. Party", where he collaborated with Lil B – inadvertently launching a beef between The Game and The Based God. He also had "Gucci Gucci", a banger from white female rap's phenomenon Kreayshawn, or "Marvins Room" and "My Last", respectively from Drake and Big Sean, the mellow rappers of the day; and also the extremely popular "Rolling in the Deep" from Adele, and "Run the World (Girls)" from Beyoncé. It would be unfair, though, to consider that the strengths of Sorry 4 the Wait only relied on the original material.
When substituting Miguel's tedious R&B song with his raps on "Sure Thing", so that he only kept the banging instrumental, or when changing YC's linear flow for his own lunatic rants on "Racks", Lil Wayne demonstrated that he was still very good at transcending the tracks he'd chosen. This mixtape's main flaw, actually, was that it had arrived too late. It was, indeed, at a similar level as No Ceilings, the previous one, released two years before. It had exactly the same strengths and weaknesses. It was just a matter of timing if this post-hype Sorry 4 The Wait had not been celebrated as it deserved: as another milestone in Lil Wayne's mixtape discography, and maybe the best thing he would offer to his fans in the 2010's.
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