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"Dedication 6"

by Nathan Barker - Copy Editor
Tue, Feb 20th 2018 12:20 pm

In the modern rap genre, mixtapes are about giving proven beats new life. In the sixth installment of the “Dedication” mixtape series, Lil’ Wayne revives proven favorites, offering his own fluid verses and extensive rhyme schemes on every song. The mixtape also features verses from fan favorites Drake and Nicki Minaj, as well as contributions from other less notable artists.

This was a two-part release; the second half was an unexpected gift to fans, which included revealing dialogue at the end of each song. When Wayne was asked why his music is important to the culture, he replied, “…[the] Dedication mixtape series is so important to the culture because they say it is. That’s it, plain and simple. I don’t label it important to the culture... I got to keep doing my thing; that’s why I keep doing my thing because the culture says it’s important.” 

In “Dedication 6,” Wayne is surely doing his own thing, but don’t expect it to bring him the same success he’s seen in his prime. This mixtape portrays the carefree life of the same drugged-up superstar Wayne has always been.

Opening with “Fly Away,” remixed from Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA,” Wayne takes aim at a very high standard, rapping with the delivery that emulates the original version. Throughout the rest of the tape, the same high energy is sustained; the party never stops.

Taking the placid hook in Post Malone’s “Rockstar,” feature Nicki Minaj amplifies the vibe and delivered a shockingly loaded verse in “5 Star.” She raps, “I am the queen (facts)/ I am everything she lacks/ B****h get on yo knee-caps, I don’t mean C. Kaep.” 

The new energy brought to this beat is something to be appreciated; an example of why mixtapes are so appealing in the music industry. In “Back from the 80’s” and “Everyday We Sick,” Wayne glides with uplifting tempos that leave a listener feeling light hearted. Another noteworthy song is “For Nothing,” which showcases Wayne’s clever and seemingly endless stream of conscious.

With this release, Wayne once again proves his capability to take any beat and make it his own. Being familiar with all the songs that were remixed, I can say that his raps pair with the original versions fluidly; however, I don’t expect it to revive his dwindling career. Fans are still waiting on “Carter 5” to be released, and I don’t think we should expect it anytime soon. The mixtape was entertaining and a joy to listen to, as it should be, but I don’t think it is going to make any lasting impressions.

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