Yes, I bought the latest Lil Wayne disc entitled, Rebirth. [Delete, Delete]
Yes, I still buy CDs instead of downloading them for free. I did a paper in high school about how much an artist or band receives for record sales... and the number is pathetic. Basically, if you want your artist or band to stay around, you must show that the public wants them. Concert ticket sales and apparel only go so far. Music talent must make the charts to keep the beat alive in the business world's hearts. If there was any positive to downloading, it would be that downloading promotes bands... which leads to future money. The problem with new and upcoming artists is that they are exactly that, new and upcoming which means they need a fan-base to grow, not develop.
Back to Lil Weezy, baby... I bought the latest Lil Wayne disc entitled, Rebirth. The first reviews of the album have been horrid. Many "critics" have been giving the album 2 out of 5 stars, with one critic stating, ""Wayne's big problem is that he seems to like the idea of rock music more than any actual rock music itself." Although this statement seems honest and intelligent, my question to him is, "what is rock music?"
As a music lover, I strongly believe that rock is dead and has been taken over by "pop." The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame is no longer the ROCK N ROLL HOF, as it contains rappers, a few country singers, and folk artists. Rock has successfully morphed itself into popular music. The only "rock" left are the sub genres of "rock" including: Classic Rock, Soft Rock, Hard Rock, Metal, and so on and so forth.
Being a huge fan of Tha Carter III, the Grammy winning disc by Lil Wayne, I had huge hopes going into "Rebirth." Although it does not live up to its predecessor's acclaim and listen-ability, Rebirth is actually pretty decent. Next post I'll give a track by track review.
Until then... check out "Rebirth," after a few listens, you might be pleasantly surprised.