Recently, Lil Wayne made a vow to his fans on Twitter: “Noticed I wasn’t nominated nor involved n da MTV VMA’s nor da BET awards…I apologize to my fans and I promise 2 work harder if it kills me.” If there is one thing Wayne knows, its hard work.
Throughout his career, Wayne has put out classic albums just as much as classic mixtapes. The nickname “Mixtape Weezy” didn’t come out of nowhere: It was given based on his output of tapes filled with his best material yet. And it doesn’t look like is slowing down, either. Just one year removed from Dedication 4, the self-proclaimed “Best Rapper Alive” is back with the fifth installment of his Dedication series. As with every Wayne release, it’s an event waiting to be dissected by rap Twitter, fans, critics and more.
The Dedication mixtapes is Wayne’s bread and butter. This is where he established his street cred as a lyricist who rapped over tracks by Jay Z, Kanye West, Rick Ross and more. DJ Drama, the mind behind the beat selections, created chemistry with Wayne that allows him to toss around words in unlikely combinations. In songs like “Georgia … Bush,” and “Hustlin’” Wayne is at the sharpest. On other tracks, he’s still has that spark to go harder. Combing through all 121 tracks, we’ve selected the 20 best ones from Wayne’s celebrated catalogue. Call it a dedication.
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