Amoeba Music San Francisco Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 02:06:10
1) Lil Wayne Rebirth (Cash Money/Universal)
2) The Madlib Medicine Show 1, Before The Verdict featuring Guilty Simpson (Stones Throw)
3) Oh No Dr. No's Ethiopium (Stones Throw)
4) Thavius Beck Dialogue (Mush)
5) Eligh Gandalf's Beat Machine Level 3 (Legendary Music)
The terms "highly anticipated" and "long overdue" each accurately apply to Lil Wayne's Rebirth on Cash Money / Universal, this week's number one hip-hop album at Amoeba Music San Francisco. However, it seems the term "disappointing" could also apply based on the overall negative review the album has received since its release earlier this week. The artist's seventh studio album and the follow up to his 2008 multi-platinum full-length, Tha Carter III, Rebirth is (as written about here) a repeatedly delayed release that should have come out almost a year ago. Due to one thing or another (many speculate that Lil Wayne's label insisted it needed more work & hence postponed its arrival in stores) the release date for the popular rapper's rock/hip-hop hybrid album (with Carter on the cover posing with electric guitar on lap) had been postponed about a half a dozen times in all. But now that Rebirth is finally available, what is the consensus on the music? Overall not good.