Lil Wayne’s Dedication 2 mixtape is finally coming to digital streaming platforms later this year, and it’ll include new music as a bonus treat for fans.
DJ Drama announced the news during an interview with the Rap Radar Podcast, where he explained the fan-favorite mixtape will be available on DSPs very soon.
According to Drama, Dedication 2‘s bevy of samples and borrowed music has made it difficult to get the project cleared, but he promised it will be available on major platforms in 2023.
“It wasn’t original music, so it couldn’t go on streaming platforms, and I just feel like today, in 2023, if we going to do it, let’s do it, and it might take a little bit of time and be done,” Drama said.
“We are dropping Dedication 2 on streaming platforms this year, and it’s gonna have some new music along with it. That’s pretty exciting.”
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Dedication 2 was released in May 2006 and remains one of the most acclaimed entries in DJ Drama’s legendary Gangsta Grillz mixtape series.
The 25-track offering found Lil Wayne tearing through beats like 2Pac’s “Ambitionz Az a Ridah,” Rick Ross’ “Hustlin'” and Three 6 Mafia’s “Poppin’ My Collar” alongside features from T.I., Juelz Santana, Pharrell, Curren$y and more.
Dedication 2 was one of the first mixtapes to be financially successful thanks to it being sold on iTunes and at retail stores, and even cracked the Billboard charts.
It won’t be the first Lil Wayne mixtape to be reissued on DSPs. Weezy’s 2011 project Sorry 4 The Wait landed on streaming in January 2022, while an amended version of his 2009 tape No Ceilings dropped in 2020.
While they’re making room to release Dedication 2, Lil Wayne and DJ Drama are currently working on the next entry, Dedication 7. In 2020, the Generation Now co-founder revealed the tape was coming in 2021 while wishing Lil Wayne a happy birthday on Instagram.
“Happy Birthday @liltunechi D7… 2021,” Drama captioned his post.
The year came and went with no Dedication 7, however during a conversation with Brian “B.Dot” Miller, Drama revealed the project would still arrive and that “Dedication will never end.”