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Music Video Review: "How to Love" by Lil' Wayne

Updated on January 20, 2012
"I ain't a rapper, I just sing a lot!"
"I ain't a rapper, I just sing a lot!" | Source

I think I liked this music video better when it was called "Unpretty" by TLC. Not only is the message delivered more naturally, it didn't contain any cringeworthy dialogue and those three ladies (whom are now two -- RIP Left Eye) have earned more respect than Lil' Wayne could ever possibly hope to attain.

The plot involves a woman and two different paths in life she could have taken, one outcome is good and the other is bad. We are first shown the negative outcome where a young lady gives birth to a girl who experiences a rough life while growing up. When she becomes a teen, the mother's boyfriend gets out of jail and molests her, then she grows up to become a stripper and gets diagnosed with HIV after sleeping with one of her customers.

The second half, which shows us the positive outcome, where the young lady moves into her mother's house, giving birth to her daughter, and eventually marrying a more credible man. The daughter grows up to be an intelligent girl who graduates from school and makes her whole family proud.

The concept sounds a bit promising on paper, but the execution could have been so much better if it were done by a different music artist, someone who would have approached this in a more artful and tasteful manner like the way TLC did with "Unpretty." The way it's done here gives me the impression that the cast from "Jersey Shore" were sitting behind the camera.

Rapper or Singer?

Why is this idiot, Lil' Wayne, singing? If you were to take a look at him ten years ago and now, it's obvious he changed himself in order to appear more marketable to the masses. He went from horrible gangsta rapper to horrible gangsta singer who carries a guitar and is suddenly in love with rock music.

Diddy, the person (and his label) whom Lil' Wayne is trying to mimic from the '90s, also had a thing for rock music, but he made that known to us pretty early and at least he didn't sing back then (now he uses auto-tune like all the other morons). Lil' Wayne's voice is horrible and irritating, it sounds as if he's a heavy smoker who's trying to sing with food in his mouth.

And the Award for Worst Acting in a Music Video Goes to...

The lead actress in "How to Love" by Lil' Wayne. Seriously, nothing is more cringeworthy in any music video in 2011 than the line spoken by this young lady in the closing scene of "How to Love".

During the second portion of the video, when we are shown the flip-side of the life that she could have lived, the doctor informs her in the exam room that she is pregnant. The woman and her mother both laugh joyously, then the woman says: "Thank you. Thank you for being there for me and showing me how to love."

Did a twelve year old write this dialogue? And I thought that one line from "The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)" was bad:

"He's gonna sew us ***-to-mouth!"

Sweet Jesus, this got me thinking that this sucker of a music video would have probably been better off if it were filmed without any dialogue and instead presented itself through the imagery.

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    • SPomposello profile imageAUTHOR

      SPomposello 

      6 years ago from NY

      Steve,

      Oh definitely, that last bit from HC2 was more tolerable. I don't understand how anyone could be conditioned into today's music period. 99.9% of mainstream/pop/hip hop/r&b music in the 21st century sucks. Actually, I don't even think heartfelt R&B exists anymore, it died in the late 90s/early 00s.

      The 80s and 90s had so many great artists and memorable tracks. Sheila E, Full Force, Lisa Lisa, Paula Abdul, Mariah Carey, En Vogue, Madonna, the whole Bad Boy Records crew (mid-late 90s only, that is), TLC, Boyz II Men, Today, Third Eye Blind, STP, Toni Braxton, Babyface, Brandy, Monica, Jodeci, Filter, and the endless list goes on.

      I can't say any artist from today's mainstream is of the same caliber of those that I mentioned above.

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      Steve Orion 

      6 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      I think the audio from the last half of the Human Centipede 2 (whimpers, screams, and groans) was more musically appealing than the whole video. Not my kind of music, granted, but I don't see how anyone could be conditioned into considering this as tolerable.

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