On their first Dedication project installment in four years, Lil Wayne and DJ Drama displayed some of their former enthusiasm and vibes, but the latest mixtape does little to rectify Tunechi’s spiraling career trajectory. Dedication 6, the new installment in what could easily be called the most iconic mixtape series of all time, begins with DJ Drama reflecting on the game-changing Dedication and Dedication 2, the two installment that are not only essential statements within Wayne’s vast discography, but rap as a genre “I’d like for you to take this time and remember where you was the first time you heard Dedication. The earliest installments in the Dedication mixtape series have a special place in internet mixtape mythology. The first was a prototype, Dedication 2 is among the greatest mixtapes of all time, and each one since has indeed assisted to cement his legacy as an imaginative and unstoppable rap icon.It is worthy of mention to state in this junction that Few rappers have made mixtapes more vital to their musical discography, and these not only defined an era but helped to rewrite the blueprint on how to become an hip hop giant in this modern time of rap generation. (No wonder Chance the Rapper often cites the New Orleans legend as his “biggest inspiration.”) with this new mixtape, Lil Wayne has just set the bar high for the rap community in 2018. Can anyone reach his punchline level? without doubt, Dedication 6 shows Lil Wayne at his best. The hate by some of Lil Wayne’s distractions is hard to comprehend because the very first time I read the news of Dedication 6 was going to be released I rolled my eyes because dedication 3,4,5, was a disappointment, but on my first listen to D6, I quickly notice the much-needed improvement on the new installment ,sure the subject matter is the same but you don’t go into a Lil Wayne records to learn about how to solve a world crisis or get intelligent political social commentary. Rather, you go in there to see what fun wordplay he uses to twist all of these artists songs and give his own take , and how he takes over the instrumentals, and in that regard it definitely delivers.
The tapes showed a prolific rapper at the peak of his skill paired with a DJ that knew how to modify Wayne himself. “Weezy and Dram’—We are the Mixtape Blueprint,”DJ Drama shouts in the opening seconds of Dedication 6, reminding listeners of their pedigree. Dedication mixtapes are habitually built in the same process: furious, back-to-back one-liners rapped over the current beats.
The track “Everyday We Sick” (YFN Lucci’s “Everyday We Lit”), Lil Wayne spits bars in a much more comfortable scenario than other contemporary artist out there slipping into an emotional Atlanta rap melodic tone, this could be as a result of his early auto-tune experiences which cemented the foundation for that scene in much deeper ways than the often-cited 808s & Heartbreak. “I been walkin’ on this fuckin’ water for a long time,” he raps on the highlight “XO Tour Life,” pointing to a decade of other worldly performances. Spontaneity used to be a driving force in Wayne’s world, but the punchline on Dedication 6 are mechanical and the ideas within are rudimentary or sometimes incomplete. He uncorks some of the most eyebrow-raising conceits on nearly the entire first verse of “Fly Away”—performed over Kendrick’s “DNA.” The raps themselves are hit or miss, but Lil Wayne is still rapping like a man seeking freedom on Dedication 6, fighting to reestablish a dialogue with listeners and to escape from label purgatory. (The mixtape was released exclusively on DatPiff and withheld from streaming, likely because of Wayne’s ongoing battle with Cash Money over his right to make money off his music without the label.) Given all he’s been through and all he’s done, it’s hard not to root for him, and the verses do track better here than on recent projects. He’s locked in on “New Freezer,” “My Dawgs” and “Blackin Out.
“Blackin Out” does JAY-Z’s “The Story of O.J.” justice as The Dedicated One starts off with 16 bars of “Rich nigga, Polo nigga/House bigger, bills bigger” wordplay and even squeezes in a clever “O.J. on my wrist, nigga that’s Sunny Delight” line. While solo, he can hold his own but his dizzying lines about pussy and codeine get one-upped by Nicki Minaj’s testosterone on “5 Star.” While flowing over Post Malone’s “Rockstar” beat Nicki hits it with “Niggas don’t mean my race when they say she blacked/I am the Queen/I’m everything she lacks/Bitch get on your kneecap/I don’t mean C. Kaep” while Wayne pales in comparison with “Put my face up in her pussy and my thumb in her ass/Make her do the Jumpman.
Lil Wayne’s beat selection throughout the project is as representative of contemporary rap as his past mixtapes. They are all evident in above aforementioned tracks. Strangely enough, the most captivating Wayne record of the last week, “Family Feud,” does not appear on the project. Featuring a strong verse from Drake. Lil Wayne may have run out of interesting ways to say he’s drugged up and horny. The same patented mixtape formula that made him a star and luminary exposes the limitations of a now one-dimensional method that’s wearing thin but it’s nice to check in with one of the greatest to ever do it on his home turf.