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Fans can expect new music from Lil Wayne within two weeks. In an interview with DJ Drama yesterday (August 1), Wayne revealed that his mixtape, “Dedication 4,” wil drop August 15.
The fourth installment of Weezy’s “Dedication” mixtape series is slated to include remixes of Ca$h Out's “Cashin' Out,” Big Sean's “Burn” and Chief Keef's “I Don't Like.”
But, “Dedication 4” may be the last we hear from the rapper for some time. He continued to tell Drama that he’s placed “rap on the backburner” to “be fully commited” to skateboarding. “I picked up the skateboard and I thought it’d be a hobby and what happened is it’s a lifestyle,” he said. “In order to be fully committed, you have to live that lifestyle. With these young kids now, you have to be about that life. It’s kind of putting rap on the back burner. Rap is taking a backseat to skating.”
"I think I deserve that," he continued. "I think fans deserve a little to no Wayne. I’ve been everywhere. I’ve been out on everybody’s song. My artists have been doing awesome. I believe my fans deserve some peace from me. I’ll be on my skateboard in the meantime."
Weezy explained to Drama the difference, for him, between recording a mixtape versus an album. “When I’m mentally doing the album and doing those songs, I make sure I stay on subject [and] that I’m saying things in the song [so] that you can be singing the song and repeat those things and they still make a lot of sense to actually say. I make sure I do all those things when it comes to making an album,” he said. “When I’m making a mixtape, there’s not half of that thought. I just say what comes to my mind, I make it make sense, and that’s how it goes… ‘Mixtape Weezy’ means freelancing my thoughts everywhere and just putting them together like a puzzle.”
Mac Miller is taking listeners on “a most dope experience” on his new mixtape.
"Macadelic," a release "inspired by love, drugs and the search for euphoria," per the digital liner notes, dropped on the MC’s website on Friday.
The 17-track set features Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar and Odd Future’s Casey Veggies, among others, with production credits including Clams Casino and Lex Luger — and a Beatles sample, which drops toward the end of “Desperado.”
In November, the Pittsburgh rapper’s “Blue Slide Park” made history as the first independently distributed debut album to top the Billboard 200 since 1995.
With Swizz Beatz’ Haute Living album on hold, the “One Man Band Man” will be delivering new music in the form of a mixtape. While a release date or title has yet to be revealed, Swizzy tells MTV News that the first single will feature Harlem’s A$AP Rocky. You can also expect guest appearances from Nas, The Lox, DMX, and Rick Ross. Speaking of Ross, Swizz explains how the boss’ Rich Forever was the inspiration behind the upcoming project.
“When the Rick Ross mixtape [Rich Forever] came out that inspired me to do a mixtape because sometimes people need to get back into the element of what you do, since they see you doing so many different ventures. My first single is with me and A$AP Rocky. People have to know that you can take it back to the basics and keep it hip-hop and keep it fun and just do what made you the person that you are. That’s why I think this mixtape is important. I’m vibing with Nas on it, Rick Ross, DMX, The Lox, people that everybody’s like ‘Man, when are you guys gonna do a track together?’ and ‘When is this happening? I thought the mix tape was a great way to bring that to life. I know that everybody was looking for a whole album. But I’m a perfectionist and I felt like I just wanted to put some more finishing touches on it and figured I don’t have to rush anything.”
Although he has yet to set a new release date for his proper debut album, Mississippi rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. is staying busy on the mixtape front, dropping a 17-track effort titled “4Eva N A Day,” on Monday (Mar. 5). Click here for the free download.
"4Eva N A Day" is the most autonomous release yet from the rapper: K.R.I.T. (real name: Justin Scott) produced the entirety of the album, and there are no guest vocalists. The tape follows his 2010 breakout "K.R.I.T. Wuz Here" and last year’s "Return of 4Eva," all of which preview his long-awaited Def Jam debut, "Live From The Underground."
In an October interview, K.R.I.T. professed that the multiple album delays were ultimately “for the best.” “You know some sample clearances here and there, some features that I need to take care of… It’s just getting the quality right and getting the ideas right, making it all work and fit together,” he said.