Artist: Lil Wayne AKA Weezy, Weezy F, Tunechi, Young Tune, Birdman Jr., Best Rapper Alive, Mr. Carter, Young Wayne.
- CEO of his label Young Money Entertainment
- Lil Wayne was one of the first artists signed to Birdman’s Cash Money Records at age 11 and was part of the groups, “The B.G.’z” and “The Hot Boys”
- In 2012, Wayne surpassed Elvis Presley with the most “Hot 100” Billboard appearances as a solo act
Discography: The Block Is Hot (1999), Lights Out (2000), 500 Degreez (2002), Tha Carter (2004), Tha Carter II (2005), Like Father, Like Son (2006), Tha Carter III (2008), Rebirth (2010), I Am Not a Human Being (2010), Tha Carter IV (2011), I Am Not a Human Being II (2013), and Free Weezy Album (2015)
Mixtapes: The Dedication (2005), Dedication 2 (2006), Da Drought 3 (2008), Dedication 3 (2008), No Ceilings (2009), Sorry 4 the Wait (2011), Dedication 4 (2012), Dedication 5 (2013), Sorry 4 the Wait 2 (2015), No Ceilings 2 (2015), T-Wayne (2017), and Dedication 6 (2017)
“When I started flirting with the hustle, failure became my ex, now I’m engaged to the game and married to success.”
– Lil Wayne
A reworked and undeniably improved Lil Wayne
“Best Rapper Alive”, Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. AKA Lil Wayne hasn't shared a mixtape in his DJ Drama-produced Dedication series since 2013, so you're in for a 2018 treat in the form of Dedication 6, the latest installment. It's a more-than-solid effort, clocking in at a lengthy 15 tracks, with guest appearances from Nicki Minaj, HoodyBaby, Baby E., Gudda Gudda, and others - not to mention Weezy himself sounding surprisingly invigorated. The Nicki-assisted track, "5 Star," with its ominous backbeat, is an early favorite.
Dedication 6 almost overdoses on witty one-liners and swagger. Almost. Wayne’s done it again and again before, but keeps reminding us how he’s got hip-hop’s balls in a vice-grip and it doesn't sound like he’s letting go anytime soon. Wayne’s beat selection throughout the project is as representative of contemporary rap as his past mixtapes.
“XO Tour Life” and “Bank Account” mostly show off Tunechi’s skill as a crooner deftly working with a soul-puncturing beat. The beats get deliciously warped when Weezy hop on the mic for innocuous nine bars. Lil Wayne’s charisma sounds triumphant as he raps in an offhand singsong, and finds all these little melodies in the pocket of the beat.
There’s a sonic sensibility at work here: hard drums, smears of melodic synth, and Weezy’s own permanently fired-up voice. On his last few records, Wayne’s generally given himself room to be silly, to get loose with it. He never does that here. Young Carter skillfully connects every idea that pops into his head. It does get a bit heavy, but it still works because Lil Wayne has always been a better pure rapper than anyone’s been willing to admit.
Dedication 6’s absolute best:
- “Boyz 2 Menace (feat. Gudda Gudda)”
- “5 Star (feat. Nicki Minaj)”
- “Let ‘Em All In (feat. Cory Gunz & Euro)”
- “Yeezy Sneakers”
- “Bank Account”
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