Lil Wayne’s series of Dedication mixtapes with DJ Drama has marked some important moments in Wayne’s creative life. The Dedication, released in 2005, was an important early indicator that Wayne was maturing into a furious rapper, and 2006′s Dedication 2 is one of the best things Wayne has ever done. (Dedication 3 and Dedication 4 are also things that happened.) Over the holiday weekend, Wayne returned with Dedication 5, a messy but energetic pileup of original songs, giggly interludes, and freestyles. The tape features contributions from the Weeknd, Chance The Rapper, T.I., 2 Chainz, Birdman, and the usual rotating cast of Young Money understudies. Wayne, more engaged than he sometimes has been lately, hijacks songs from people like Future, Rich Homie Quan, Kanye West, and the notably absent Drake. It has 29 tracks, which is almost certainly too many tracks. Download the whole tape for free here.
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