On Monday, the rapper unleashed Dedication 4, his latest musical offering, free of charge for fans.
Dedication 4 includes his ‚ÄúNo Lie‚ÄĚ freestyle, his YMCMB fam Birdman and Nicki Minaj to Roc Nation’s J. Cole on the track ‚ÄúGreen Ranger.‚ÄĚ
The mixtape was pushed back several of times, but when it was finally droppedt it gave fans of the singer a big dose of exactly what they‚Äôve been waiting for ‚ÄĒ catchy hooks and breathless bars all sampled over familiar beats.
As on his previous tapes, including last year’s Sorry 4 the Wait, the rapper stole the game’s hottest beats, although he admitted that choosing the instrumentals for D4 was rather difficult.
“Usually, I kill all the hot songs that’s out,” Weezy said 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.”
‚ÄúThe reason why I‚Äôm recording mixtapes is because I‚Äôve grown a whole fanbase that just loves Wayne mixtapes,‚ÄĚ Lil Wayne told reporters. ‚ÄúMe being the generous dude I am, I have to cater to those people, so that‚Äôs why I do the mixtapes now.‚ÄĚ
Vulture‚Äės Zach Dionne says it‚Äôs good to hear from the old Lil Wayne again: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs been a while since anyone‚Äôs heard Lil Wayne sound alternately insane, clever, and breathlessly enthusiastic.‚ÄĚ
The critic added: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs been a long enough stretch to reasonably wonder if Weezy F. Baby was essentially gone for good, for whatever reason ‚ÄĒ lack of interest, jail, success, sizzurp, age, an increasing affinity for skateboarding.‚ÄĚ
Last week, the ‚ÄėWait‚Äô singer released a Dedication 4 trailer and explained the holdup: “D4 is done, it’s right here,” Wayne said in a video.
“But let me tell you how this is going down — y’all remember how when I used to do mixtapes – when I’m finished, I used to just drop them online, just free, [you could] grab them off line. …‚ÄĚ
He went on, adding: ‚ÄúI finished but my man [manager] Cortez [Bryant] – he told me he don’t want me to do it that way this time. He said, ‘No, don’t let it out free. You’re not just giving them the songs. Don’t do that.’‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúHe wanted Drama to properly set it up and all that, I don’t know, some business stuff, I don’t know that stuff, all I do is rap,‚ÄĚ Wayne continued.
‚ÄúSo my part, my job is done, just letting y’all know, my job is done. We over here banging it, me and my n*ggas – they dropping it on the third, I think that’s Monday. So they’re dropping on Monday. I don’t want to give y’all any more dates because I’m done. I’m finished.”
Since Dedication 3 was unleashed in four years ago, Lil Tunechi has released four full-length studio albums and five other mixtapes.
Despite “Dedication 2” is considered to be the most popular in the series, here’s to hoping Weezy uses less auto-tune and pulls out some new tricks on No. 4, writes Vibe.