The 4th installment of Lil Wayne and DJ Drama’s Dedication mixtape series is finally upon us. And if the buzz around it’s release tells us anything, it’s that hip-hop fans still want Lil Wayne to succeed. When Dedication 3 released in 2008, Wayne was at the pinnacle of superstar status, however, after a year-long prison sentence and a slew of underwhelming releases (such as Rebirth, Carter 4) the present day Lil Wayne seems to be getting more press for his questionable fashion sense than his rapping. Admittedly, despite the fact I’m able to count the number of Wayne verses I’ve enjoyed over the last two years on one hand, I am one of those who is hoping to be blown away by D4.
Now, there’s reason to expect big things from Dedication 4. This is a format we’ve seen Wayne thrive at (doing his thing over the hottest beats out), for years every rapper was in danger of having Wayne kill them on their own shit - No Ceilings alone provides nearly two dozen examples of that. Looking through the tracklist, there’s no shortage of quality production – “I Don’t Like”, “Cashin’ Out”, “No Lie” and “Amen” are just a few of the hits Wayne tries his hand at. Add in a few features, highlighted by the likes of J. Cole and Young Jeezy, it seems D4 has all the pieces in place for Wayne to knock this one out of the park. In the grand scheme of things, whether or not Wayne delivers here likely won’t hold much significance in defining his career – his legacy is already written, he’s one of the rappers of the era we’ve seen hit cultural icon status (though Kanye is well on his way) - but rather his performance here will allow dedicated fans to rest a little easier as he enters his previously announced retirement. Time to press play and hope for the best.
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