September 5, 2012

Dedication 4

With Lil Wayne set on retiring at 35, we've only got 6 more years from potentially the most prolific guy in top 40 rap right now (though Drake and Rick Ross are vying for that crown.) All jokes aside, Carter IV is probably my least favorite output from Wayne yet, and I still think it's pretty awesome. Few people know their way around a punchline like Wayne does, and I love love love a good punchline. Yesterday he dropped the Dedication 4 mixtape and it's fan-fucking-tastic. You can catch a video below of Tunechi talking about the mix, though despite what he says, the mixtape is every bit as free as every other one has been. Maybe he meant this one wouldn't be free of tags, cause it's labeled? As per his mixtape usual, the tape features Wayne going hard over various beats from the radio's brightest at the moment. We get to hear "Cashed Out" made a bit more listenable, plus we get a list of what Wayne "Don't Like". D4 also features YMCMB homies like Nicki "GaGa" Minaj and Gudda Gudda; with a vaguely surprising lack of the aforementioned Drake and Ross. There's also a feature from 13-year-old Chicago native Lil Mouse. A lot of people are obviously getting pissy about this, but I think everyone should step back and realize when Wayne was 13 he was given the same opportunity, and he made some mistakes, but the dude is doing pretty well for himself. For some folks an endorsement like this makes a better future than you could have hoped for. All-in-all, it's not another No Ceilings, but I'd call Dedication 4 on par and a damn good listen.

Download: Lil Wayne - Dedication 4 (livemixtapes.com)

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