By Rob Markman
After a few delays, Lil Wayne has finally unleashed his Dedication 4 mixtape.
Artists: Lil Wayne and DJ Drama
Mixtape: Dedication 4
As on past tapes, including last year's Sorry 4 the Wait, Wayne hijacks the game's hottest beats, although he admitted to Mixtape Daily that choosing the instrumentals for D4 was rather difficult.
"Usually, I kill all the hot songs that's out," Weezy told Mixtape Daily late last month of his approach to street albums like his unforgettable 2007 effort, Da Drought 3. "But I'm on all the hot songs that's out. So now I have nothing to kill."
Well, we wouldn't say nothing. Actually, Wayne created an exciting sound bed on the 15-track mixtape. On the D4 opening "So Dedicated," Tune takes over Rick Ross' "So Sophisticated" and spews pornographic bars, while on "Same Damn Time," he skates across Future's inescapable banger.
Not that he needs the help, but the YM boss — who's a contender in the Best Video With a Message category at this Thursday's VMAs — enlists some key features on the tape as well. Wayne's fellow VMA nominee Nicki Minaj puts her stamp on G.O.O.D. Music's "Mercy" track. And J. Cole goes beyond his rap years when he stars alongside Weezy, spitting over G-Dep's "Special Delivery" on "Green Ranger."
While Wayne spreads most of his bars across familiar beats, Dedication 4 does have some original moments. "No Worries," with its catchy hook and thumping beat is a stark reminder of Wayne's hit-making abilities, even if the subject matter is a bit adult as he spits some more of his sexual exploits.
With Dedication 4, it's clear that Wayne is happiest doing what he does best — rapping in the booth. "The reason why I'm recording mixtapes is because I've grown a whole fanbase that just loves Wayne mixtapes," he said. "Me being the generous dude I am, I have to cater to those people, so that's why I do the mixtapes now."
What's your favorite track off Lil Wayne's Dedication 4? Let us know in the comments!
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