Lil Wayne released his latest mixtape — “Dedication 4” — to some bittersweet reviews around the internet.
Pitchfork called it, “a beat selection so obvious that the word ‘selection’ feels generous to Wayne’s recycled punch lines to his unimaginative rhyme patterns, the mixtape is joyless clock-punching work from a rapper who has given some indications he doesn’t even like his own music as much anymore.”
Washington Post on the heels of that, “On ‘Dedication 4,’ whether he is rapping over the beat to Meek Mill’s ‘Amen’ or Chief Keef’s ‘I Don’t Like,’ it’s just a jumble of references to ‘redbones’ and ‘lean,’ a far cry from the days when Wayne used mixtape tracks to upstage his peers over their own beats.”
The tape — which can be listened to online here — is a journey into Lil Wayne’s increasingly apathetic view towards rapping.
We’re glad on him for being so prolific. But honestly, when you’re slinging out rhymes one month after saying, “I’ve been doing it since I was eight and I’m about to be 30 in September… I think fans deserve a little-to-no Wayne. I’ve been everywhere.”
Well, maybe it’s time for Lil Wayne to hang up the mic until he loves it again.