D.J Drama and Lil Wayne went back to work on this mix tape, going back to their roots when they were at their top of the game.
Wayne says in the introduction of Dedication 5 that he raps about things on his mix tapes that wouldn’t necessarily make it in his albums.
The mix tapes allow him to deliver a more raw approach with a lot more freestyles, whereas the CD’s (The Carter series) are more artistic.
The first Dedication mix tape was released in 2005, and the second in 2006.
After Dedication 3 came out in 2008, Lil Wayne and DJ Drama took a four year hiatus away from making mix tape.
The fourth installment did not meet the standards of his previous mix tapes, so many listeners were skeptical to pick up Dedication 5.
Wayne and DJ Drama did not disappoint on this one, putting their own twist on a lot of hit singles of the year.
Lil Wayne remixed Kendrick Lamar’s “Don’t Kill My Vibe”, Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.”, Kanye West’s “New Slaves”, Jay- Z’s “You Know I Got It”, 2 Chainz and Pharrell’s “Feds Watchin'”, and much more.
Not only did Wayne remix pretty much every hit of the year, he also released a few tracks exclusively for this mix tape.
With a total of 29 songs, the Dedication 5 is definitely worth picking up.