Lil Wayne “The Dedication 2″ Mixtape Download & Stream
The Dedication 2 is an Official Mixtape by Lil Wayne Hosted by DJ Drama. There are a total of 25 tracks on the tape with Features from Freeway, Juelz Santana, Mack Maine, Curren$y, Pharrell and more.
Dedication 2 is a 2006 mixtape by DJ Drama and Lil Wayne. It is a sequel to Lil Wayne‘s previous mixtape, The Dedication, and is second in DJ Drama‘s Gangsta Grillz series with Lil Wayne. It is one of the few mixtapes in the hip hop genre to be both financially successful and critically acclaimed. Despite its illegal use of unlicensed instrumentals and samples, it is sold through iTunes and retail stores such as Best Buy and FYE, widely reviewed in the mainstream media, and even though a mixtape that almost only exclusively sold digitally it peaked at #69 on Billboard’s “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” chart. The cover shows Lil Wayne with “Fear God” tattooed on his eyelids. Much of the mixtape showcases Lil Wayne‘s free associating rhymes and “liquid non-sequiturs.”
Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. (born September 27, 1982), known by his stage name Lil Wayne, is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1991, at the age of nine, Lil Wayne joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label, and half of the duo, The B.G.’z, with fellow New Orleans-based rapper B.G.. In 1996, Lil Wayne joined Southern hip hop group Hot Boys, which also included rappers Juvenile, B.G., and Young Turk. Hot Boys debuted with Get It How U Live! that same year. Lil Wayne gained most of his success with the group’s major selling album Guerrilla Warfare (1999).
The track that will convert most naysayers, “Georgia Bush“, borrows the instrumental from Disturbing Tha Peace‘s state-repping anthem; Lil Wayne adds one word to the hook and transforms the hoedown into a stinging protest. But, never one to eschew form for function, he mocks the styles of the original song’s participants, Ludacris and Field Mob. It is, at once, a vicious uppercut at the U.S. president, the media, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, racism, neglect, an embrace of his city and its populace, and a fearsome display of skill and intelligence. “So what happened to the levees/ Why wasn’t they steady?/ Why wasn’t they able to control this?/ I know some folk that live by the levee that keep on tellin’ me they heard some explosions/ Same shit happened back with Hurricane Betsy 1965/ I ain’t too young to know this/ That was President Johnson/ This is President [Georgia] Bush,” Lil Wayne raps in breathless double-time, folding history, conspiracy, anger, and confusion over each other with style and venom.
DJ Drama provides another example of why he’s killing the mixtape game. Whether he’s putting Pharrell over Wu-Tang or Little Brother over Pharrell, DJ Drama is a magician. What might look like a dullard’s handful from the top 10 is actually a platform for Lil Wayne and a notable departure from the first installment in The Dedication series and Tha Carter II‘s ambiguous production. “Poppin’ My Collar“, “What You Know“, “Kryptonite“, “Hustlin“, and “I Think They Like Me” all get the royal treatment, and it’s exhilarating to hear Lil Wayne bring his best to these regional-gone-national hits.
At this point in time Lil Wayne was the guy rapping “Hustler Musik” and infiltrating more or less every dance club in America. Prior to releasing his masterpiece The Carter 2 he had built up a decently received Sucker Free Sunday fame but then, in 2006 he undoubtedly became hip-hop to the mainstream world. His songs weren’t the most invigorating lyrical material but he could spit a cool verse and his production was hands down incredible. After hooking up with DJ Drama to make the first Dedication the pair decided another collaboration would be a fine idea, and I agree. Dedication 2 is a mixtape, which in the rap world is a collection of new verses rapped over older beats that were originally used by other rappers. Lil Wayne‘s verses on this album are arguably some of the best of his rap career. Follow on Twitter @LilTunechi @djdrama @MedievalBeatz Buy Rap Beats
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