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Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being" Video, Directed by David Rousseau

With only a little more than a month until Lil Wayne gets released from Rikers Island, the Weezy buzz continues to build. Of course, it helps that while incarcerated, the reigning rap king has released more music than many of his free-man counterparts. The latest entry in the Wayne canon is I am Not a Human Being , a new album released digitally this past Monday to coincide with his 28th birthday.


However, all the material was recorded before his prison sentence. Wayne, a notorious workaholic, was deep into sessions for his next "proper" album, Tha Carter IV , when his time ran up. It's from this batch of material that the title track for I Am Not a Human Being originated. 

There's lots of Miami stamped on the track. Wayne recorded the song here, and the final product was mixed down and

engineered by a locally bred up-and-comer behind the boards, Mike

Banger.

Now, there's a video for the track as well, directed by David Rousseau, who, along with Gil Green, is putting Miami on the map as a source of

music video artistry. Rousseau shot the clip for "I Am Not a Human

Being" (the song) in that February two-day flurry that also included

Young Money's "Roger That" epic, and the more casual videos atop the

Marlin Hotel featuring Mayday.

Wayne's performance in the video came during one of the more

off-the-cuff sessions of that weekend, filmed in a Hialeah studio

called Propmasters. (The other cutaway shots were filmed separately

about a month ago.) The release date for the video wasn't set, and the

song itself wasn't even finished.

"We were filming a bunch of stuff, and we didn't know when any of it

was going to be released," Rousseau says. "It was just a mad dash to

get as much footage done as possible."

Rousseau managed to make the whole thing look otherworldy and

high-gloss, though, with creative use of some surprisingly low-budget

lighting tools. Oh, and one thing that's not a clever film trick: the

neon-glowing stars and lips on Wayne's face and neck, respectively.

"He had these tattoos, and when you put the black light on them, they

glow in the dark. That's actually not a black light trick! We didn't

even know that existed," Rousseau recalls. "So we ended up testing it

under black light, and then we bought black lights over at Wal-Mart,

just a bunch of the ones kids have in their rooms!" That, combined with

carefully angled blue and day-glo lights, gave Wayne his electric

Martian feel.

Another thing that wasn't faked: those quick money-snipping shots.

"That's real money. A lot of artists use fake money, but Cash Money

only uses real money," Rousseau says, chuckling. Luckily, they got it

right within a few takes, wasting "only a couple hundred bucks."

While everyone's angling for a piece of Wayne the second he gets out,

Rousseau remains relaxed, confident their creative collaborations will

resume in the future.

"I'd love to work with him again. On a personal basis, I just want him

to be home, know what I mean? He's a human being, I want him to be back

with his family and his kids," Rousseau says. "He's super creative, one

of those artists that kind of like Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull -- you just put

the camera on them and as soon as the camera and the lights are on,

they have it. That's something you can't fake, and you feel privileged

to work with them."

Check out the video for "I Am Not a Human Being" below.

You can also see Rousseau's work just about every five minutes,

everywhere in the form of his video for Enrique Iglesias' "Baby I Like

It" (AKA that video with the Jersey Shore cast), as well as an

upcoming one for Pitbull's new Spanish-language single "Bon, Bon." It's

designed as a sequel to his "Calle Ocho" video, featuring much of the

same female eye candy, and it's due out within a couple weeks.

Follow David Rousseau on Twitter at @creativeseen and check out his production company's web site at creativeseen.com.

Lil Wayne from Creativeseen on Vimeo.


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