Free Weezy Album

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Free Weezy Album
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Studio album by Lil Wayne
Released July 4, 2015
Recorded 2015
Genre Hip hop
Length 64:39
Label
Producer
Lil Wayne chronology
Sorry 4 the Wait 2
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Free Weezy Album
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No Ceilings 2
(2015) No Ceilings 22015

Free Weezy Album (abbreviated as FWA) is the eleventh studio album by American hip hop recording artist Lil Wayne. It was released on July 4, 2015, by Young Money Entertainment and Republic Records, exclusively on TIDAL.[1][2][3]

Background

On December 4, 2014, just five days before Lil Wayne's Tha Carter V was due to be released, Wayne issued a statement saying the album would not be released on its expected release date, due to his displeasure with Cash Money Records label-boss Birdman, not wanting to release the album although it had been completed. Wayne also expressed his feelings by stating he felt both he and his creativity were "being held prisoner".[4][5] On January 20, 2015, Wayne self-released Sorry 4 the Wait 2, a mixtape to compensate for the continued delay of Tha Carter V. It is the sequel to 2011's Sorry 4 the Wait, which served for the same purpose during the delay of his ninth album, Tha Carter IV (2011).[6][7] Upon Sorry for the Wait 2's release, it was noted Wayne disses Birdman and Cash Money Records, several times throughout the mixtape.[8][9][10] On January 28, 2015, it was reported Wayne filed a $51 million lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money Records over the delay of Tha Carter V.[11][12][13][14]

Release and promotion

In February 2015, due to Tha Carter V's continuous delay, Wayne announced a Free Weezy Album, would be released prior to the fifth installment in his popular series.[15] In June 2015, Wayne announced he joined fellow American rapper Jay-Z's TIDAL, as an artist owner, kicking off the partnership by exclusively releasing a single on the service titled "Glory".[16] The album's cover art and track-listing were unveiled on July 3, 2015.[17] After the album was released on July 4, 2015, exclusively to TIDAL, Free Weezy Album had been streamed over 10 million times in first week of availability.[18]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 61/100[21]
Review scores
Source Rating
Consequence of Sound C+[19]
HipHopDX 7/10[20]
Pitchfork Media 5.5/10[22]
RapReviews 6.5/10 [23]
The Odyssey Newspaper B-[24]

The album received generally positive reviews from music critics. The Atlantic positively stated, "Free Weezy Album at first seems like pure swagger. But then you realize what's really on the rapper's mind" and critiqued the first few tracks although praised closer "Pick Up Your Heart".[25] HipHopDX's Ural Garrett enthusiastically said, "Free Weezy Album features both that lovely stream-of-consciousness lyricism and oddly refreshing conceptual themes that made him so worthwhile. Wayne sounds like he finally gets it."[26] UPROXX wrote very favourably, "Free Weezy Album is proof Lil Wayne is on his way back" going on to say, "invigorated by his long, drawn-out dispute with Cash Money Records, Wayne seems to have new life in him on this impromptu project. For the first time since Tha Carter III, Wayne has put out a body of work that has inspired beats, as well as meaningful content" finishing the review with "Wayne has some kinks to continue to work out, but for an artist whose name was becoming more of a punchline with each release, FWA is a huge step forward."[27]

Track listing

Free Weezy Album — Streaming (Tidal)[28]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Glory"
5:06
2. "He's Dead"
4:31
3. "I Feel Good"
  • Carter, Jr.
  • Rodriguez-Diaz
  • Terry Bourgeois
3:10
4. "My Heart Races On" (featuring Jake Troth)
3:48
5. "London Roads"
London on da Track 3:55
6. "I'm That Nigga" (featuring HoodyBaby)
  • Carter, Jr.
  • Aponte
  • Omolulu Akinlolu
OnHel 3:44
7. "Psycho" (featuring Leah Hayes)
  • Carter, Jr.
  • Leah Hayes
  • Rodriguez-Diaz
Infamous 4:04
8. "Murda" (featuring Cory Gunz, Capo and Junior Reid)
3:49
9. "Thinking Bout You"
  • Carter, Jr.
  • Bourgeois
  • Rodriguez-Diaz
4:03
10. "Without You" (featuring Bibi Bourelly)
  • Nascent
  • Sakwe[a]
4:16
11. "Post Bail Ballin'"
DVLP 3:55
12. "Pull Up" (featuring Euro)
  • Carter, Jr.
  • Eufradis Rodriguez
  • Nicholas Audino
  • Lewis Hughes
  • Khaled Rohaim
  • Te Whiti Warbrick
Twice as Nice 4:15
13. "Living Right" (featuring Wiz Khalifa)
5:01
14. "White Girl" (featuring Jeezy)
Infamous 4:43
15. "Pick Up Your Heart" Cool & Dre 6:10
16. "Street Chains"
  • Carter, Jr.
  • Nicholas Warwar
  • Tarik Azzouz
  • StreetRunner
  • Azzouz[a]
3:36
Total length: 64:29
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer.
Sample credits
  • "Glory" contains a sample from "Arise, Shine" performed by Greg Dykes and The Synanon Choir.
  • "He's Dead" contains a sample from "I See Ghost" performed by As Animals.
  • "I Feel Good" contains a sample from "I Got You (I Feel Good)" performed by James Brown.

Release history

Region Date Format Label
Various July 4, 2015 Streaming (Tidal exclusive)

References

  1. ^ Kreps, Daniel. "Lil Wayne Drops 'Free Weezy Album' on Tidal". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-07-04. 
  2. ^ "Lil Wayne Releases 'Free Weezy Album' on Tidal". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-07-04. 
  3. ^ "Lil Wayne Drops New 'Free Weezy Album'". XXL. Retrieved 2015-07-04. 
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  8. ^ "Lil Wayne Disses Cash Money On "Sorry 4 The Wait 2"". HipHopDX. 21 January 2015. 
  9. ^ Rose Lilah (26 January 2015). "Shots Fired: All The Disses Aimed At Birdman & Cash Money On Lil Wayne's "Sorry 4 The Wait 2"". HotNewHipHop. 
  10. ^ Chris Rogers. "Lil Wayne's Mixtape: He Disses Birdman & Cash Money Records On 'Sorry 4 The Wait 2′ - Hollywood Life". Hollywood Life. 
  11. ^ "Lil Wayne Sues Cash Money for $51 Million". Rolling Stone. 
  12. ^ "Prosecutors allege Birdman and Young Thug conspired to murder Lil Wayne". Consequence of Sound. 
  13. ^ "Stream Lil Wayne's "FWA (Free Weezy Album)"". JustWhooKid.com. 
  14. ^ "FreshNewTracks  » Lil Wayne Drops "Free Weezy Album" With Productions From NJ Producer Myles William". freshnewtracks.com. 
  15. ^ "Lil Wayne Announces 'The Free Weezy Album'". Billboard. 
  16. ^ Trevor Smith (14 June 2015). "Lil Wayne Says He Signed A Deal With Jay Z". HotNewHipHop. 
  17. ^ "Stream Lil Wayne's Long Awaited Free Weezy Album". Rap Dose. July 3, 2015. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  18. ^ "TIDAL on Twitter: "Congrats to @LilTunechi for hitting 10MM #FWA streams in one week! #FreeWeezy."". Twitter. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  19. ^ Rosenberg, Gabe (2015-07-10). "Lil Wayne – Free Weezy Album | Album Reviews". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  20. ^ Miller, Kellan (2015-07-07). "Lil Wayne - Free Weezy Album | Read Hip Hop Reviews, Rap Reviews & Hip Hop Album Review". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  21. ^ "Reviews for FWA (Free Weezy Album) by Lil Wayne". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  22. ^ "Lil Wayne: FWA | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2015-07-09. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  23. ^ "Lil Wayne :: Free Weezy Album :: Young Money/Republic Records". Rapreviews.com. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  24. ^ "UPDATE: Free Weezy Album Review | The Odyssey". Theodysseyonline.com. 2015-01-14. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  25. ^ "Review: 'Free Weezy Album' Is the Surprising Sound of Lil Wayne in Love". The Atlantic. 2015-07-08. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  26. ^ Garrett, Ural (2015-07-07). "The "Free Weezy Album" Aftermath: Lil Wayne's Next Era | Discussing Lil' Wayne, Drake & Many More Hip Hop Artists". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  27. ^ "'Free Weezy Album' Is Proof Lil Wayne Is On His Way Back". UPROXX. 
  28. ^ "TIDAL". Listen.tidal.com. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
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