Lil Wayne's Dedication mixtapes aren't, in their excellent but improvisational style, the type of releases you picture him working on for more than a year. But here we are, 14 months after Weezy first teased his and DJ Drama's Dedication 6, and he's finally talking it up again.
In a Shade45 interview alongside his ColleGrove collaborator 2 Chainz, Wayne confirmed D6 is on the way, as well as a separate tape full of "some crazy shit." Of his overall process, he said (via MTV):
“If I’m gonna put out a mixtape, I want it to be classic. I want it to be something you can listen to ten years from now, just like when I walk in, I meet people, and they be like, ’Damn, Dedication 3, I still listen to that every day.’ When I see players and they be like, ’Man, I had to listen to that No Ceilings just to get right for this Super Bowl game.'”
Lil Wayne dropped the Free Weezy Album in July 2015; it was bookended by a pair of sequel mixtapes, January's Sorry 4 the Wait 2 and November's No Ceilings 2. Dedication 5 showed up in 2013 and featured raps over Kanye West's "New Slaves," Kendrick Lamar's "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe," Drake's "Started from the Bottom" and a bunch more, including original tracks with Chance the Rapper and Future. It's currently his favorite, he said:
"I started approaching the mixtapes as...you know, they actually gettin' a little more recognition than the albums. So start paying attention to what you're doing and how you're doing it on there. ... That's why when you ask me what's my favorite Dedication, I'm gonna always say the last one, because I'm trying to get it—you're only better than your last shit."
While you wait for Wayne's next favorite Dedication, check out Fuse's list of 10 of the best mixtapes of the last 10 years, the 35 best lyrics on ColleGrove and Wayne's on-wax reunion with Birdman, the Mannie Fresh/Juvenile-featuring "Hate."
And why not listen to Fuse's Back of the Class talk about Tunechi and 2 Chainz's ColleGrove album at the 17:45 mark in the podcast below?