“Sorry 4 The Wait” Re-Release is Mediocre at Best

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Joel Garwood, Staff Writer

Lil Wayne’s YouTube exclusive album, “Sorry 4 The Wait” was re-released on Jan. 14, 2022, on all mainstream listening platforms.

“Sorry 4 The Wait” includes 12 remastered tracks and four new tracks. 

The album was originally released in 2011 as an apology for the various delays of “Tha Carter IV.” Wayne apologized several times for the delay throughout the track’s duration in the form of ad-libs such as, “Sorry for the wait man. Album coming August 29th now.”

The 53-minute, 22-second album opens with “Cameras,” a track characterized by offbeat verses and far from smooth vocals from feature Allan Cubas.

“Cameras” is followed by “Lil Romeo,” “Anti-Hero,” featuring Lil Tecca, and “Bleu Snappin,” three songs with a fast-paced beat and unoriginal mumbled lyrics.

Next is “Tunechi’s Back,” a sample of “Tupac’s Back” by Meek Mill and Rick Ross, and “Tunechi Rollin, a sample of “Rollin” by Gunplay and Waka Flacka Flame. Both lacked uniqueness, something that should be crucial in all remixes. The main function of these songs was to serve as a transition between the previous horrible songs. 

“Throwed,” featuring Gudda Gudda, opens with a piano-made melody and Gudda Gudda’s only verses of the song. “One Big Room,” a sample of Kreayshawn’s “Gucci Gucci,” and “Tunechi’s Room,” a sample of Drake’s “Marvin’s Room are both a complete disrespect to the original songs.

“Twist Made Me,” a song that opens with a relaxed, spacey melody and smooth verses, is the best of the album and possibly some of Wayne’s best work. I could listen to the song for hours on end. “Grove Party,” featuring Lil B, and “Rax” are both nothing special, they have no defining aspect and they don’t live up to their precursor. 

“Hand Up (My Last)”, a sample of Big Sean and Chris Brown’s “My Last,” and “Sorry 4 The Wait,” a sample of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep,” are both the first original samples of the album and of equal standing with “Twist Made Me”.  

“YM Inkredible,” featuring Thugga, Raw Dizzzy, Flow and [email protected], and “IDK,” are boring. They do a poor job of ending the album, as there isn’t anything special about them.

Overall, this album doesn’t compare to any of Wayne’s “Tha Carter” albums. I expected more from an album by someone who claimed to be the “best rapper alive” six years previous to its original release. It’s made clear through the number of samples and lyrics that Wayne was messing around throughout the entire album. I would give the album a 5/10.