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More than 10 years ago, Lil Wayne and DJ Drama released The Dedication. Named for its dedication to Wayne’s fans worldwide and “fallen soldiers,” the mixtape became the first of many in a series to pay homage to Weezy’s favorite songs. The Dedication series became infamous for its heavily-sampled tracks and remixes/covers.
A long way from The Dedication‘s 2005 release, the rapper has just given hip-hop Dedication 6 much to the delight of fans. Seeing as this LP is his first compilation of new work since No Ceilings 2 in 2015, we needed it.
While it’s not the highly-anticipated Tha Carter V, survey (for the most part) says: It’ll do.
Lil Wayne fans must have been on Santa’s Nice List this year because they all got a present from the New Orleans rapper. Dedication 6 dropped Christmas morning, serving as the soundtrack for hip-hop lovers’ holiday festivities.
The mixtape — which remixes some of 2017’s hottest hip-hop records — came just in time for the New Year too. In a way, it serves as Weezy’s very own ‘Best of 2017’ list.
The Young Money Entertainment artist didn’t leave anyone out, as he showed love to veterans like Kendrick Lamar and newbies like Lil Baby and Rich the Kid.
Weepy F. Baby kicked the 15-track mixtape off with “Fly Away,” mimicking K-Dot’s “DNA.” From there he remixed YFN Lucci’s “Everyday We Lit,” 21 Savage’s “Bank Account,” Lil Baby’s “My Dawg,” Lil Uzi’s “XO Tour Life,” and Rick the Kid’s “New Freezer.”
Playing off of Boyz II Men’s name and the hood classic Menace II Society, “Boyz 2 Menace” is Wayne’s rendition of Lil Uzi’s “For Real.” Helping him out on the track is “Bedrock” rapper Gudda Gudda, who is also featured on Wayne’s Rich the Kid’s ode, “New Freezer.”
Hoddybaby hopped on “My Dawg” and “Eureka,” which is one of the few tracks on D6 that is not a remix. Baby E helped Wayne remix Uzi’s “XO Tour Life,” while Euro and Cory Gunz gave Dave East some love on Wayne’s twist on “Phone Jumping.”
Then, for Wayne’s second original song on the LP, Zoey Dollaz is featured on “What’s Next.”
The biggest featured artist by far is Wayne’s long-time colaborator Nicki Minaj. After D6 dropped, Nicki Nic dropped some tea on the TL, telling fans exactly what they almost had for free.
Apparently, a remix of A$AP Ferg’s “Plain Jane” was supposed to be on the mixtape, but Nicki’s verse was too good to give away for free. So, she opted to jump on Post Malone’s “Rockstar” instead.
For time spent and all his hard work, Wayne was rewarded with… mixed reviews from fans.