I Am Not A Human Being

Album: I Am Not A Human Being (2010)
Charted: 65

Songfacts®:

  • This is the title track of the eighth studio album by rapper Lil Wayne. The record was released digitally on September 27, 2010, the Cash Money Records star's birthday, during his incarceration in jail on weapon possession charges.
  • Director David Rousseau shot the song's music video before Wayne's spell in prison. It was one of a dozen clips that the duo shot before the rapper's incarceration. Rousseau told MTV News that when he sat down to work with all the material after Wayne turned himself in to a New York City prison, he just had to listen to the lyrics and portray the MC in an abstract sense, which includes contrasting shots of his writing process and flashes of money. "After listening to the track, he's talking about just not being a human being, being totally different, is he an alien," the director explained. "So the idea grew from that. It wasn't that hard, because we already had a base of what the concept would be when we shot his performance earlier this year."
  • The clip features the rapper performing in a dark room as his tattoos appear to glow in the dark. "The thing about this video, it was his concept to shoot the black light, 'cause that way the tats that he has, they glow in the dark. That's actually for real; that's not a camera trick or post-production," Rousseau told MTV News. "The tattoos that he has on him when you put the black light on him, they glow in the dark. He came up with that idea. So really, the rest of the video was a springboard on that."
  • The I Am Not a Human Being album topped the Billboard 200 whilst Lil Wayne was still laid up in prison. Weezy is not the first incarcerated rapper to achieve a #1 album. The late Tupac Shakur's 1995 disc Me Against the World also reached the summit when he was residing in jail.
  • Travis Barker of blink-182 plays drums on the track. The following year, Lil Wayne appeared on Barker's solo single "Can A Drummer Get Some?"

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