Long before he dubbed himself the "greatest rapper alive," Lil Wayne cut his teeth in the mixtape world. Weezy's mixtape presence helped push him to the top of rap's food chain, but he hasn't forgotten his roots
The New Orleans native and DJ Drama will drop the Dedication 5 mixtape, the follow-up to 2012's Dedication 4. Drama tweeted the confirmation yesterday (June 10). "Yup. D5. Tunechi. Dram. YM. Stay tuned. But pleaaaase.... b patient."
Wayne's latest cover is Ace Hood's "Bugatti" (where he switches the lyric from "I woke up in a new Bugatti" to "I woke up in a new pun---."), which could land on the project.
2004 saw the first Dedication mixtape, featuring guest spots from the likes of T.I., Kanye West and The Roots, among others. The release — described as "classic" and "inspirational" — has been downloaded over 300,000 times.
Aside from the Dedication 5 project, Wayne's plate is filled to the brim. He's linking with Birdman and Drake for a Big Tymers reboot, I Am Not A Human Being II released in March and he is hitting the road next month for the America's Most Wanted tour with Tip and Future.
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