Here we go again: another national holiday, another new Lil Wayne mixtape for me to cover on my alleged day off, because someone has to. Earlier this year, it was the Tidal-exclusive Free Weezy Album on Independence Day. Fitting, considering Wayne's fleeing Cash Money like a refugee finally free of an oppressive dictator. Unfortunately, save a bright spot here and there, the sum of the project's parts amounted to one damp ass firework, and I said as much and spent the next week ignoring Weezy stans in my mentions. It's like you guys think I have something out for him—I'm a Wayne fan, albeit one who finds Carter III overrated but also still has high hopes for Carter V.

So, here we are, four months later. It's 8 p.m., the tape just dropped, I'm full of turkey in a house filled with my mom's side of the family and perhaps a little bent off some unspecified cocktails my cousin has been pouring up. I loved the first No Ceilings—"Wasted" has basically never left my recently played, "Single" is one of the best Wayne songs of all time, etc. Wayne's been very hit or miss these days. Is he about to sully another classic mixtape with a trash sequel? To reiterate, this is not a review per se. I'm literally writing my thoughts as I listen through once. I just know my family is going to interrupt me all throughout this long ass tape, but here we go....

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