When exactly was the drought the Empire is always talking about anyway? As far as I can see Wayne has been making it rain all over the music industry lately. A little background to get things set for this double drop. DJ Drama, Mr. Gangsta Grillz himself, released Dedication 3 about two weeks ago which actually featured more verses from Cash Money MCs like Young Gudda, Jae Millz, and Nicky Minaj than Weezy. The bright side of things is that Drama dropped the Barack O'Drama monicker giving us all something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. However, the gross number of verses from under-qualified Cash Money rappers still left most listeners feeling dirty and a little disappointed with themselves. The most offensive instance of a non-wayne track is “Still I Rise” where Bird Man Jr. let Nicki Manaj do bad bad things to T.I.’s “No Matter What” beat. Dedication 3 however is not all bad. While it does not compare favorably with Drought 3 or Dedication 2, it still has worthwhile moments. Drake’s verse on “Stuntin” merits praise and in the sections of other songs where Wayne goes in sans autotune demonstrate signs of life. Download Dedication 3 via the zShare link below.
DJ Drama & Lil Wayne Present - Dedication 3
The Empire (who barely has a myspace for some reason - damn dude hire some PR people) had to come back and add a part 6 to the already seriously played out Drought is Over series not to be out done. As much as I’d love to hate on this mixtape extra hard, that would give undue attention to yet another half-finished pseudo-album in a long line of unofficial DJ released mixtapes. The Drought is Over Part 6, does have saving moments. Primarily the cover art, which was likely the only part of the album put together explicitly for this release. Like the Empire's voice tag "Holy Shit! Where'd you find this?" Wayne is pictured holding himself as a hipster baby. Don't believe me, check out the twin tear drop tattoos on the baby's right cheek and the one between his eyes. Also he's wrapped in a kaffiah and wearing the Product Red Converse All Stars. Damn that baby looks straight out of Wicker Park. Bird Man Jr. is depicted with black angel wings, remorselessly rocking a lip ring as he saves himself as hipster baby from a lake of blood. Also check out "Red Magic" which I’ll never forgive for stealing the Roc Boys hook.
The Empire Presents - The Drought is Over Part 6