Over the last week or so, Lil' Wayne & DJ Drama's Dedication 2 has joined the ranks of Fishscale and Donuts as my favorite hip-hop releases of the year. Young Weezy is basically fucking around for most of this thing, but his flow is incredibly entertaining and engaging throughout. And there are moments on this mixtape that sort of justify that "Greatest Rapper Alive" claim he's fond of making.
This track starts off with Wayne talking about how much he loves PTI, Around the Horn, and just about every other show on ESPN. Then DJ Drama drops what is, according to Stylus, "a beat made entirely of a found-sound loop of tennis volleys and petite grunts from the competitors." Awesome. Probably my favorite beat on the record, and Weezy's flow is as menacing and nonsensical as ever.
DJ Drama & Lil' Wayne Sportscenter mp3
This track features the flawless beat from T.I.'s ubiquitous smash hit "What You Know," which Weezy proceeds to kill. My favorite lyric: "my pockets on Raven Symone/that's fat, what you know about that?"
DJ Drama & Lil' Wayne What U Kno mp3
Polyphonic Spree frontman Tim Delaughter will join us tonight on our SIRIUS show to talk about the band's new Wait EP, the upcoming LP, their tour, and a bunch of other stuff. So tune in to SIRIUS Left of Center Channel 26 at 10 Eastern/9 Central.