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Lil Wayne - Dedication 4 Mixtape Track by Track Review
So Dedicated (ft. Birdman)
To open up the mixtape Lil Wayne and Dj Drama do their own take on Rick Rock ft Meek Millz ‘So Sophisticated’ to show the loving relationship YMCMB and MMG have. To show that dedication! How did you expect Weezy to start off his Mixtape? Duh! The way he starts everything off, talking about YMCMB his Gang banging niggas his love for redbones. I have to say I do enjoy Lil Wayne’s relaxed intensity (If that makes any sense). I have to commemorate how Lil Wayne stays true to the original song (Keeping the same type of flow), makes me think that maybe Rick Ross should have also brought Wayne on the track as well. I did enjoy LiL Wayne switching up the slow half way through, it did remind me of Meek Millz as well so I did enjoy the same intensity that the MMG crew brought with Lil Wayne’s skater boy attitude pushing it along (YEAH YEAH we all hate the skater boy thing, but life is life, enjoy the Mixtape!) This song does set a very good tone to the mixtape as a whole. However this is only the first song. So as we dive into the mixtape we shall see if Lil Wayne can keep up the high energy and this fun intensity that not enough people commemorate Lil Wayne for. And Birdman … he talks … “YMCMB business … fuck yoh bitch … 100” yeah that’s definitely Birdman.
Same Damn Tune
When the beat kicks in the first song that comes to head is Lil Wayne ft Rick Ross ‘John’ but with an empire state level calibre to it. I like laughing at how Lil Wayne’s voice seems to be pleading with the microphone when Wayne thinks that his going in. This is a head bopper, about his greatness and his love for weed and female body parts. I expect that this will be what the whole mixtape is about. He recycles some of his line again “two bad bitches at the same time, Symmetry” … “Two bitched at the same time, synchronised swimmers”. You get my point. Oh well that’s Wayne I guess ever rapper has a recurring theme. This tune was probably full of Wayne’s half written verses, it doesn’t has an actually point, just Wayne rapping to a mad beat! For people who think Wayne doesn’t have much content is his song, this song wont prove you wrong however if you want a tune that you’ll have on repeat and bop your head to on a train then go no further. The beat complements Wayne well enough for his lyrics to be over looked. I couldn’t help think that’s if he didn’t have the beat I would like the song less. Good work Dj Drama I guess.
Sometimes having Dj Drama talk before Lil Wayne starts is good, it gives you a chance to absorb the beat, and it gives the instrumental time to build-up, I was expecting a big drop … I didn’t get that. I’m disappointed. I mean I didn’t get the drop once! I can appreciate that the song wanted to be simple, but come on Dj Drama, not one change in the beat to bring up the pace. I think I only heard one or two changes in the beat. The only nice thing was how the beat deteriorated when Wayne dropped a punch line. Which is what this track was, a punch line song, punch line after punch line, “I got a black bitch and a red bitch I call them hoes Aunt Vivian” that was my favourite one in particular. I always like fresh prince references. I could just pick out nice punch line after punch line. Not all of them were particularly intelligent, and by that I mean that if an unheard of rapper had said some of Wayne’s line, he wouldn’t have got any special recognition. But I did like some of them a lot “How to you like them Apples Microsoft” had me. But lines like “Black shade, Ray Charles” and “I’ll put my foot in your ass, Karate” didn’t capture my attention. However it’s the 3rd song and he still has that intensity that I’m enjoying and it will give this song a good couple replays.
No Worries (ft. Detail)
There are facts about life that are very true. When Lil Wayne starts to sing … You have to giggle. Also let’s get one thing straight, every singer is put through auto tune. Everyone single one, yes you’re favourite too: Jessy J, Beyonce, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Maroon 5! All of them! It’s just to make sure there always in tune, it’s a fail-safe precaution however it is very evident that the studio does a Lil more to Lil Wayne voices than over artists. At least there didn’t go overboard on the vocoder. The real star in this is Detail. Beat is mad. The bass kicks in at the exact right places to bring up the atmosphere, and when the bass goes, Detail kicks in that base drum and keeps the pace going with the clap in the back ground! The a cappella is a nice touch, give the song a “holier than thou” feel (Lord Wayne if you will). This is song was made for Lil Wayne, Like Detail followed Wayne around for a month. Admittedly Wayne should have gotten someone else to sing the hook. T-Pain exists for a reason Wayne; it’s for hooks like these, when you just need to hear that metallic angelicness that T-Pain has brought us for years. I think I can some this song in two lines … “She say sorry I aint shaved so that pussy is a Lil furry, I put that pussy in my face, I aint got no worries ”… and … “I would talk about my dick, but that shit be a long story yaaaaahhhhhh”. Next Track.
Mercy (ft. Nicki Minaj)
Before I listen to this song I have to say, if YMCMB don’t murder this track, there will be serious repercussion on their reputation, YMCMB already have a lot of haters and GOOD music are now seriously upping there game with the new album “Cruel Summer” (which isn’t being realised in summer). And Cruel Summer is coming out this month, and Big Sean’s Mixtape “Detroit” is coming out 2 days after Wayne dropped his! (Which I will also be reviewing). On top of that YMCMB have got two of their heavy weights on this track, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. This track needs to be fire! I like both YMCMB and GOOD Music. But GOOD Music has set the standard. Let’s hope that YMCMB give them a GOOD run for their money. Here goes.
… GOOD music won. Not so say this is a bad track. But come on you can’t help but compared this to the original.
Nicki Minaj went hard; sometimes I think Nicki forgets that she’s not a man. She has some really derogatory things to say about women. It’s quite unexpected, I mean OG nicki got a lot of hate for rapping about being a hoe, and Nicki Minaj talking about “eating ass” off of her “Thick plate” isn’t far off. The reason that Nicki Minaj done so well on the track is because of way that she approached the song. On such a well-known song like this it is obvious that the rapper covering the song are going to copy the flow of the original rapper for a section of the song. Which Nicki done, doing her own cover of Big Sean’s verse, which was expected and also very effective. The way she flipped the gender that Big Sean raps about is very nice. Of course Big Sean seems to be the only rapper out of GOOD music which is openly friends with YMCMB so it’s ok to keep the “Swerve” in the song. However Nicki also comes into her own flow. Fast paced, even though she’s talking about bitches (might be talking about Lil Kim again) and money but she still brings intensity, which is enough because the original song didn’t have deep complicated content either.
I fear that Wayne let this track down. YMCMB head couch tackled GOOD music leader Kanye West’s Verse and even the special beat that Kanye made for this song. I actually didn’t expect Lil Wayne to do that. I didn’t expect him you rap over that section of the instrumental at all. “I throw some bad bitches in the private jet, if them bitches aint fucking give them parachutes”… you judge. People rather love that line or hate it. I didn’t like it … a brief giggle from me, but when I compare it to Kanye it didn’t hold its own. Kanye and Wayne both had the intensity but Kanye had more depth. I completely understood what Wayne was talking about; no in-depth line. Kanye had lines like “Now the whole party is melting like dolly” and Wayne lines were like “these niggas broke like Mr Glass, they want nothing, sister act”. Wayne had good lines but very simple, not like Kanye where I needed to Google what the ‘dolly’ painting was. The verse wasn’t bad. But as I said GOOD music won, wasn’t GOOD enough.
I loved the original Burn! Big Sean and Meek Millz killed that track. Completely smashed it into a thousand pieces. Lil Wayne picked the worst time to come with his relaxed style! This is a track where Wayne needs to appear as if his pleading with the mic. I so wish he rapped to Burn how he rapped to his earlier tracks! I’m dis-appointed. Where needed his intensity he didn’t bring it. However the calibre of his lyrics did rise in this song. I can’t really complain however this track could have been much better. I prefer the original version.
What can be said about this song? It’s Burn with slight less intensity. Wayne did good but lacked the passion in his voice. “My Homies still” and “Don’t like” best be good. GOOD music is winning Wayne!
Amen (ft. Boo)
This is a cover of Meek Millz ft Drake Amen. Lil Wayne 7th song and his still got different ways to talk about of head. “She gets on her knees and prays to this dick then swallow of them blessing”. Switching up his flow is nice. I like how he flips to the fast flow when the instrumental gets softer. Despite the song being called ‘Amen’ it’s actually about having sex with a girl and making her scream as loud as a church is when it’s in full swing. Big black women singing! So you can’t complain about the Wayne’s content at all. However it is also fair to say that Lil Wayne hasn’t challenged himself in this mixtape so far. Chosen songs about hoes and money, but if that’s the kind of songs you like then you’ve come to the right place.
I’ve never heard of Boo, and I most likely listen to him again. His not really that captivating. Boo done his own rendition on Drake’s verse, but didn’t out do Drake at all. He was very monotone. And with lines like “she wanna get high, I’ll hit her with that overdose”. I wasn’t that very impressed. Boo seemed to sound like a lot of other rappers that you’ve heard before but never actually found out there name. But this is the only song I have heard of his. This song also ends abruptly which I found very strange.
Get Smoked (ft. Lil Mouse)
This track is not a song that I like. It’s not my style. I love alternative rap, but this track wasn’t to my liking. But for the sack of the review I will talk about it. I didn’t really like the beat, and I felt Wayne was having too much fun on this beat, when the instrumental was quite depressing. But I can see people liking this song, if they like this kind of beat. After all Kid Cudi’s whole career is made off of depressing beats. Wayne is having fun again. This song is nothing special on Wayne’s part. But this is a solid track; I can appreciate that people will like it.
Lil Mouse is about 4, he has to be, and I thought Lil Chuckie sounded young. This guy must be in reception or kinder garden was ever you call it. He must me! I won’t be surprised if he gets a beating from his mum for swearing on the song when he gets back home. Listening to his verse I was wondering how he even knows what drugs, strip clubs and guns where.
Lil Wayne seemed to be too excited that he got a 4 year old on the track. It’s funny actually how excited he seems to get when Lil Mouse is rapping.
Oh I’m sorry Lil Mouse is 13 years old.
My Homies Still (Remix) (ft. Young Jeezy, Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda)
Wayne’s Already killed this song once. Let’s see if he can do it again. Before listening to this song … I don’t think Young Jeezy and Gudda Gudda will do well on this track. Let’s see if I’m wrong.
Wonderfully surprised with all the verse’s, especially with Young Jeezy. Didn’t think his type of flow would work with this song but it did. I feel that Gudda Gudda and Jae Millz hit the song with the same type of flow, which wasn’t something that hindered the song, just something I noticed. Also the mixing for this song didn’t seem to be perfect. I didn’t know if it was me or my headphones but the three artists seemed to be at different sound levels (Particularly Gudda Gudda and Jae Millz) it was slightly detracting. I have to commemorate Young Jeezy, he stayed true to his own style and it paid off. His verse was very enjoyable to listen. Punch lines were very effective and he kept a steady pace then the beat switched the tempo up. Well done Jeezy!
Every rapper had a solid verse. Wayne doesn’t give us a verse on this track but I don’t think he really needed to. The original does Wayne enough justice.
Green Ranger (ft. J. Cole)
J. Cole Green Ranger ft Lil Wayne*. J. Cole take over! When will artist’s learn that when you have a very good Rapper on your own track you need to keep up, and J. Cole had his running shoes on for this song. I mean “how you gone jump him if his legs work”! It is nice to see a rapper talking about his life now and again. And it’s nice to hear J. Cole doing it because even though he had a hard life, he talks about it like it’s nothing special, which gave him a nice humbleness. Too many rappers act like their lives have been the hardest life ever lived. J. Cole tells it how it is. The instrumental is Special Delivery by G. Dep. Is a nice backing track for J. Cole. Cole proves why he is Jay Z’s prodigy.
Solid verse from Wayne, I really have no idea why he said he doesn’t like the beat it’s hard! However his song got taken over by ColeWorld!
Any person on this instrumental will automatically be hard! I can’t help but think that Wayne killed this track! YMCMB NIGGA! “THESE NIGGA WANNA RIDE MY DICK, YOU GOTTA HICH HIKE”! DAMN! Weezy baby! He murders this track! Intensity coming out the asshole! He Killed GOOD music in this song. Wayne, one of my favourite tracks on the mixtape by far. I was getting scared for a bit for Wayne but this track is very good for Wayne. The instrumental has been remixed very well by Dj Drama, deserves his props too. Weezy Baby SUUUWOOOO!
I did miss 2 Chainz. Yeah that’s right I like 2 Chainz. Sue me. I would have liked this song more if I didn’t listen to the original. Every time it came the hook part I found myself yearning for Drake’s hook. Wayne talking whilst the hook is supposed to be playing leaves you feeling empty and singing along to a hook that isn’t there. This song seems a bit empty without the hook. I guess that is just one of the tribulations of making a Mixtape with other people’s instrumentals. If Wayne made his own hook for this song this would have been a solid track. I couldn’t help but think that the song should have been shorter. If he had just kept on going throughout the track without stopping this could have been a very solid freestyle.
Magic (ft. Flow)
Flow sounds like Lil Wayne. For his verse I was like “is that Lil Wayne, yeah, wait is it? Yeah it is. Wait … no that’s definitely Wayne, oh no. Who the hell was that? What Flow?”
But Flow is quite a good rapper, and apparently he is the newest member of YMCMB. He does sound a bit too much like Wayne, maybe that’s the reason he signed him. They said Drake sounded like Wayne maybe I should give him time to distinguish himself. He did have a solid verse but he was identical to Wayne with his lyrics, his sentence structure and his atmosphere. I mean does Flow sound like Lil Wayne? Well “is a pig’s pussy pork? Do bear be shitting in the woods and wipe they ass with a rabbit when the finish?”
Wayne does prove why he is Young Money Head. He does way better than Flow. Solid verse. Hits the a cappella parts hard without wavering with his flow at all. I think he was trying to show the newbie what’s what. But it’s nice to give Flow a feature on his Mixtape. That’s a lot of exposure.
Wish You Would
GOOD music won again … This isn’t a track Lil Wayne should have tackled. “I smoke all these niggers, niggertine” is the only line I enjoyed. Um I really don’t know what to say about this song. I would rather listen to the original. Wayne better luck next time.
By the end of the mixtape I’m getting tired of the theme over and over again. It’s been good but this song really didn’t cut it for me. Hope the last track ends the Mixtape on a better note. Ever Mixtape has a song that I don’t like at all. People will like this track, because the verse is solid and the lines aren’t terrible.
I love me some Outkast, Andre 3000 is hands down my favourite artist. Every time I hear the “spottieottiedopaliscious” instrumental it takes you to the mellowest place. It’s a lovely ending to the Mixtape. I was scared that Lil Wayne was going to rap for a second, because this instrumental isn’t for rapping. But he didn’t so everything was cool. You just listen to what Wayne has to say. It is no secret that Wayne looks up to Outkast. We all do.
What Wayne say’s is nowhere as memorable as what Andre 3K and Big Boi say, but it’s still nice, and has a lot of meaning. Spottieottiedopaliscious … still back and have a drink.
In my opinion a mix tape is for your older diehard fans, that’s shows the real artist they fell in love with, it’s not meant to cater for the masses of people, that’s what your albums for, This Mixtape is Lil Wayne so if you don’t like it. You’re just not a Wayne fan. Lil Wayne, he talks about money, girls and YMCMB. Don’t like it? Then don’t download the Mixtape. For Lil Wayne’f fans, show your Dedication 4 Lil Wayne and get the Mixtape.
In my opinion 7.8/10
Not Wayne’s best work but still a good solid Mixtape. YMCMB aren’t dead yet. My first However Mixtape review, a Lil long I know but hope you enjoyed.
By Jordan Femi-Famakinwa AKA Femi Jaye
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I hated the mixtape. But you gave a really good review. when i saw your IQ i was like “this nigga gona emberass him self” but you didnt. that was a great review. im looking forward to read your detroit review.
I don’t agree with everything you said but you certainly made some solid points and you backed up your arguments.
My review of this review: 8/10
(I enjoyed it more than the tape)
This album was literally hot shit in the worst sense of the word. Nice review though.
7/10 for me.
Thanks for the feedback, i will try and make my Detroit review better!
I’m on of those “diehard Wayne” fans and really enjoyed the mixtape. 8/10 and totally agreed what you said about Mercy and I dont like. Mercy — Not so good. I dont like — pure fire. Killed it.
Overall nice review!
The only track I even half liked was Dont Like. All the other ones were just unfortunately forgettable. But, I respect your opinion. To each their own! At least you provided reasoning.
This review was kind of a disaster to read, simply because your grammar/spelling was horrible in a lot of places. Seriously, did you write this out on your smart phone? If so, auto-correct raped you, my dude.
Aside from that, I guess this was decent?
I could sense a little Wayne bias, but you weren’t over-the-top dickriding, and you actually called him out on his shit a few times, so good work.
About your music:
Well uh…keep trying, champ.
the line is “Melting like Dali” not Dolly
It sucked, you can tell his heart wasn’t in it because all of the lyrics were weak punchlines with no substance. Either he needs to take a year or two off and really think or just hang up his rap career altogether. You can tell that running Young Money and his clothing line with skateboarding are his top priorities. I would much rather listen to Tha Carter IV than this crap and that album was decent at best.