UPDATE: Free Weezy Album Review

UPDATE: Free Weezy Album Review

Has Weezy Finally Come Back to Life?
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This past Fourth of July, Lil Wayne unleashed his long-awaited ‘Free Weezy Album’ to his fans. Many dismissed the album before it even dropped. As mentioned in a recent article on Lil Wayne’s downfall (read article here), his career has been in a downward spiral ever since going to jail in 2010.

The recent courtroom battle with former mentor Birdman over the never-released Carter V has not helped either, although it has shined some light on why he’s had such trouble making release dates on time. Since Wayne has parted ways with Cash Money Records, he knew that a comeback album was still in order. If it wasn’t going to be Tha Carter V, then he must move forward with another release: The Free Weezy Album (FWA).

The album starts off with the lead single, ‘Glory,’ which is a classic combination of Lil Wayne’s silliness and crafty lyricism. We’re then brought into ‘He’s Dead,’ a track that includes the line: “Rest in peace to the Cash Money Weezy, gone but not forgotten.” He is showing a level of seriousness here we haven’t seen in quite a while. He then lightens the mood with ‘I Feel Good,’ sampling the James Brown classic of the same title; a track that bumps and really gets the album going.

Throughout the rest of the album, we have a mixed track list of songs that are rather hit or miss. The fortunate thing is that each track is at least listenable, which hasn’t been said about a Lil Wayne release in quite a while. Even 2011’s Tha Carter IV had some tracks worth deleting (need we be reminded of ‘How To Love’). We have standout tracks like ‘Pick Up Your Heart,’ ‘Pull Up,’ and ‘Without You.’ Meanwhile, there are mediocre duds like ‘Psycho’ and the Wiz Khalifa-featured ‘Living Right.’

So where does this album stand when we discuss Lil Wayne’s career? Well, it by no means has the staying power of a classic like Tha Carter III. However, with that said, it has the potential to surpass albums like Tha Carter IV. It is not close to a perfect hip hop album, but then again, Lil Wayne has become an acquired taste. He is no longer the standard for rapping like he once was back in 2008. However, Wayne’s rep in the rap game was practically gone (outside of signature features) before this release. Now, it’s safe to say Lil Wayne is BACK.

If Lil Wayne has finally made another successful album, this brings another question: What prevented him from creating such a decent release all these years? His record label was surely a big issue, not to mention constant substance abuse issues. The biggest reason is a much simpler one: He tried for the first time in years! This release shows that Wayne still has the skills that made him the rap legend he’s considered to be. His continuing divorce with Cash Money Records has put a stop to the laziness we’ve seen from him in the past, and now he is hungrier than recent years. While the passion has returned, it’s still clear that he is in the twilight of his career.

Is The ‘Free Weezy Album’ worth adding to your summer soundtrack? That all depends on how big of a fan of Lil Wayne you are. There are many people who didn’t even care for him back when he was in his prime. If you fall into that category, skip this like you would any other Lil Wayne release. However, if you’re a discouraged Wayne fan who has nearly given up on the former Young Money leader, then it might be time to give him a final chance!

GRADE: B-

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything
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They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.


Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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