The Dedication

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The Dedication
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Mixtape by
ReleasedDecember 13, 2005 (2005-12-13)
GenreHip hop
Length56:42
LabelOn The Low
ProducerDJ Drama
Lil Wayne chronology
Tha Carter II
(2005)
The Dedication
(2005)
Dedication 2
(2006)

The Dedication is a mixtape by Lil Wayne, hosted by DJ Drama, released on December 13, 2005. It is the first mixtape in the Dedication/Gangsta Grillz series and it was produced and hosted by DJ Drama. The mixtape was given its name because as Wayne explains in the track "Intro", it is dedicated to everyone around the world and to the "fallen soldiers". The cover art shows a shirtless Wayne standing in the road with DJ Drama looking on in the back.

Critical reception[edit]

The mixtape currently holds a rating of 5 stars (based on over 500 ratings) on DatPiff and has generated over 200,000 downloads.[1] The mixtape has been described as "Inspirational" and "A Classic" by rap critics. Paving the way for a world famous mixtape series. [2]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length Producer(s) Featured Guest(s) Sample(s)
1 "Dedication" 2:54
2 "Intro" 1:02
3 "Motivation" 1:15 DJ Toomp
  • "Motivation" by T.I.
4 "Over Here" 2:12 Boo
5 "Wayne Convos" 0:58
6 "U Gon Love Me" 2:46 Milwaukee Black
  • "You Gonna Luv Me" by Da BackWudz feat. Milwaukee Black
7 "Down & Out" 2:49 Brian Miller, Kanye West
8 "Wayne Explains His Deal" 1:37
9 "Like Dat" 1:05 Eminem
10 "Nah This Ain't The Remix" 4:10 The Neptunes
11 "Bass Beat" 2:14 Salaam Remi Currensy
  • "You Know My Style" by Nas
12 "Young Money Property" 3:01 The Alchemist Currensy, Boo & Mack Maine
13 "Much More" 1:14 Cool & Dre
14 "Wayne's World Skit" 1:00
15 "I'm A Ridah" 2:58 Johhny J, 2Pac
16 "D-Boyz" 1:47 Butta, Polow da Don
17 "So Smooth w/ Young Money" 3:42 Currensy, Boo & Mack Maine
18 "Wayne's Ho Story" 1:40 Mack Maine
19 "Momma Taught Me" 2:33 Questlove
20 "Weezy F. Baby" 2:25 8Ball, MJG
21 "Stilletos" 2:02 Lil Jay
22 "1 King" 1:52 Mr. Lee, Bun B
23 "Dedication Convo" 0:31
24 "Please Say The Baby" 3:30 Currensy, Boo & Mack Maine
25 "Paid in Full (Skit)" 0:38
26 "Alchemist Shit" 2:03 Currensy
27 "Weezy Explains "Miss My Dawgs" 1:04
28 "Miss My Dawgs (Live) w/ B.G. 1:16 Raj Smoove
29 "Outro" 0:42

Young Money: The Mixtape[edit]

In February 2005, prior to the release of The Dedication, Wayne and his group, Young Money released a mixtape, Young Money: The Mixtape.[3] It was a double disc tape and featured every song on The Dedication (besides "Please Say The Baby") without DJ Drama and in their original form. When DJ Drama re-released it as "The Dedication", he added his tags and cut out the other members of Young Money. He also mashed up some of the songs with different instrumentals:

  • Motivation (Mashup of Young Money's freestyle over "No Problems" and T.I.'s "Motivation")
  • Like Dat (Mashup of Young Money's freestyle over "New York" and Stat Quo's "Like Dat")
  • Nah This Ain't The Remix (Mashup of Lil Wayne's freestyle over "Drop it like it's Hot" and Snoop Dogg's "Drop it like it's Hot [Remix]")
  • Much More (Mashup of Young Money's freestyle over "Lean Back" and Fat Joe's "Much More")
  • D-Boyz (Mashup of Young Money's freestyle over "Smoke, Drank" and Rich Boy's "D-Boyz")
  • Stilettoes (Mashup of Young Money's freestyle over "Knuck if you Buck" and Crime Mob's "Stilettos")

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lil Wayne – The Dedication". DatPiff. December 13, 2005. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  2. ^ Graham, Nick (November 21, 2008). "Lil Wayne and DJ Drama, Dedication 3 (and Dedication 1, and 2)". Impose Magazine. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  3. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20050224035754/http://youngmoneyent.com:80/

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