Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne‘s I Am Not A Human Being II album will easily dominate its competition with opening week sales projections up to 210,000.
Based on one-day estimates, Weezy F. Baby will easily hit the charts next week.
YOUR ONE-DAYS: Justin Timberlake will easily remain #1 next week; tune in tomorrow for an estimate on his second-week number. Meanwhile, here are this week’s key debuts: Lil Wayne (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic) 190-210k. Blake Shelton (Warner Bros. Nashville) 155-175k Depeche Mode (Columbia) 55-60k (HITS Daily Double)
Cash Money’s Birdman recently boasted about Wayne’s return to store shelves.
“With Wayne, it’s always, to me, d*mn near like magic to watch him work and how he go in to do what he do,” Birdman said in an interview. “I Am Not a Human is totally different. To have an artist that can do that and be so [mechanical] like he is, he’s a gift, and his album is so hard. It’s so raw. I think the fans are gonna enjoy it. You always say that because he’s so talented, but he just do his thing. He’s a monster.” (MTV)
The new LP follows Wayne’s I Am Not A Human Being 2010 release.
The follow up to 2010’s I Am Not A Human Being, which was botched out in a rush before he did time for criminal possession of a weapon, and to 2011’s disappointing (if chart-successful) Tha Carter IV, this is supposed to convince us that Lil Wayne still has the best flow in the game – but it’s practically void of the audaciously twisted flights of wordplay that marked him out in his prolific heyday. (Metro)
Outside of relying on his own crew like Nicki Minaj and Drake, Wayne linked up with notable artists ranging from Juicy J to Future on the LP.
Wayne’s producers — including Cool & Dre, Detail, Juicy J, Crazy Mike and T-Minus — create a rangy sonic backdrop with everything from soul samples to sparse instrumentals to heavy metal for his musings. Guests 2 Chainz, Juicy J, Drake, Future and Big Sean have memorable moments, though the same can’t be said for Soulja Boy or Nicki Minaj. In any case, Weezy’s world is still like no other. (USA Today)