Like Kanye West, Lil Wayne turned to Auto-Tune while in the studio for his last few efforts and took advantage of the computer-aided pitch-correcting software to manipulate his voice in rhyme. But for his next project, I Am Not a Human Being, Cash Money CEO Bryan "Baby" Williams said the Vocoder is gone.
Weezy gets back to "raw rap," according to the Birdman.
"When Wayne do what he do, he takes serious pride in his work," he told MTV News this week in Miami. "Nothing we do is half-stepping or half-cocked. I think it's a great album. To me, he's switching back: This album has no Vocoder, he's back to raw rap. He's just rapping how he's feeling. He's a genius, so the music is always gonna be great. He wanted to put I Am Not a Human Being out to show people he's always in the building. Every album we put out we're going to do the most; we're gonna go for it. We're never gonna come half-cocked, you expect to see a lot, you gonna get a lot. It's a great album."
Human Being is set for a September 27 digital release, timed to coincide with Lil Wayne's birthday; it will have a re-release in disc format in October. The album has been in the works since Wayne struck his plea deal with New York prosecutors in 2009 and knew he was facing jail time. Baby said he was pleased at how successful their plan to keep Wayne's presence alive has been.
"He's an addict, he's a monster, he's a beast," Baby said of Wayne's work ethic. "He loves what he does. He probably has thousands of songs, these probably are just the ones he picked [for the album]. This was the plan while he was gone: do a lot of videos and [put these records out] just to keep it poppin' hard.
"Honestly, if he wasn't gone, it wouldn't feel like he was gone, 'cause we did so much while he was gone," the Cash Money boss added.
Track list for I Am Not a Human Being, according to Young Money/ Cash Money Records:
» "Gonorrhea" (featuring Drake)
» "Hold Up" (featuring T-Streets)
» "With You" (featuring Drake)
» "I Am Not a Human Being"
» "I'm Single"
» "What's Wrong With Them" (featuring Nicki Minaj)
» "Right Above It" (featuring Drake)
» "Popular" (featuring Lil Twist)
» "That Ain't Me" (featuring Jay Sean)
» "Bill Gates"