Many critics wrote off Lil Wayne’s career uttering things like he’s “washed up ” or he’s “over.” One can easily support that claim because as of late, he hasn’t been nominated for any major music awards and there has been an emergence of new emcees on the hip-hop scene.
But on Sept. 1, after a 36-hour delay, Young Money’s CEO finally released the fifth installment of the “Dedication” series hosted by DJ Drama.
On the first track of the Dedication 5, “I’m Good,” which features the Weeknd, Lil Wayne addressed those critics.
At the end of the song Wayne says, “This is dedicated to everybody who forgot, forgetful mother*****s. Remember, don’t you remember? I been good, we good.” And he wasn’t lying.
Lil Wayne has been dropping fire and he did with Dedication 5.
The 29-track mixtape also includes guest appearances from some of the games’ hottest such as The Weeknd, 2 Chainz, T.I., Chance The Rapper, Vado and members of the YMCMB camp.
As usual, the mixtape Weezy covered numerous industry beats ranging from Jay-Z’s “F**kWithMeYouKnowIGotIt” to Rich Homie Quan’s “Some Type of Way.”
On “F***WithMeYouKnowIGotIt,” Tunchi delivered a combination of puchlines fans haven’t heard from him in quite some time.
On that track, he spits bars like, “I pray these n***s don’t f**k with me and I don’t like to curse in church. “We follow you moms from church n***a/you gonna have to swallow yo pride like a thirst quencher/ It’s a Rollie if I got time on my hand/you ever see me broke, write on my cast/ Boy my weed so good I cry when it’s gone/had a phone in jail, that’s a cellphone.”
Of course these bars are by far not his best, but it’s vintage Lil Wayne.
Although, Wayne isn’t the grim reaper of beats since he made Drought 3, however, he’s certainly not mediocre.
In fact, hours after the mixtape was released, it went viral on social networks. On Twitter, there was a trending topic called #RapLikeLilWayne.
Some say Wayne’s rhymes are predicable and elementary, but the trending topic is a statement of how much attention he’s garnered from Dedication 5.
Wayne still brilliantly incorporates original metaphors in his lyrics and thus D5 is the second best mixtape in the Dedication series coming after D2. Lil Wayne has clearly revived his relevancy.