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5 Things Lil Wayne Needs To Make "Dedication 4" A Classic

First, the good news: Lil Wayne is releasing a new mixtape, Dedication 4, next month. Now, the bad news: It's not 2007 anymore, so we have absolutely no idea how good that mixtape will be.

We don't necessarily mean that as a slight against Wayne, either. While it'd be easy for us to sit here and bash him for putting out mixtapes like Dedication 3 and Sorry 4 The Wait in recent years that, truth be told, didn't come close to matching the greatness of some of his early mixtapes like Dedication 2 and Da Drought 3, we understand why he's struggled a bit. The guy has put out a massive amount of music over the years, and it'd be damn near impossible for him to match the energy and intensity that he had on his early projects. But, we also have to temper our excitement for a new Weezy project—even if it is part of his Dedication series with DJ Drama—when we think back and remember that it's been almost three years since he released a mixtape project in No Ceilings that we really loved front to back. Three years!

No worries, though. To help him achieve greatness again, we've got a list of the 5 Things Lil Wayne Needs To Do To Make Dedication 4 A Success. If he can do even one or two of these things, he'll have a solid mixtape on his hands. If he can nail all five? Well, he might just be able to regain the buzz that he had going for him a few years ago. Either way, we can't wait to hear what he's got in store for us.

1. Pick beats that haven't been ripped to shreds by 50 other rappers already.
This is difficult to do, because nowadays, every popular song that a rapper puts out gets jacked by 50 other rappers. But, on Sorry 4 The Wait, Wayne selected "Tupac Back," "Marvin's Room," "Racks," and a few R&B songs ("My Last" and "Run The World") that we'd heard 500 kazillion times on the radio just prior to the mixtape dropping. By comparison, "No Ceilings" found him ripping "Swag Surf," borrowing Dorrough's "Ice Cream," and dipping into the archives for "Banned From T.V." Those beats hadn't been touched quite as often, so he was successful in bringing them to life and then subsequently killing them. With that in mind, we sincerely hope he doesn't just pick the super obvious beats for Dedication 4. That'd be a crucial mistake.

2. Rap like you actually have something to prove.
No Ceilings was truly a treat. When Wayne put that out, he didn't have to sound as hungry as he did. We wouldn't have blamed him for coasting through it. But, on Sorry 4 The Wait, Wayne sounded (at times!) like he was just trying to record something, hell, anything to hold fans over. On Dedication 4, we hope he takes the time to put forth his best effort, no matter what it takes. This is a defining moment for him and we want to hear him sound like he's hungry to reclaim his throne.

3. Rap so hard that you actually have to catch your breath on some tracks.
No, really. RAP! Rap for three, five, 10 minutes at a time. Go so hard that you actually have to stop on a track and catch your breath…and then keep going. Wayne sounded a little bit too comfortable at times on Sorry 4 The Wait—like we were just supposed to sit there and think that what he was saying was dope just because he's Lil Wayne. But, the truth is that Wayne got so popular back in the mid-2000s because he just rapped and rapped and rapped some more until people felt what he was saying. He needs that kind of dedication on Dedication 4.

4. Record more than 12 tracks for the project. How about, like, 25?
Okay, so 25 new tracks from Lil Wayne might be a stretch (although, for the record, that's how many tracks Dedication 2 had on it!). We're not even sure we've got the time to sit and listen to all of that. But, 12 tracks seemed like almost nothing on Sorry 4 The Wait. When you take into account the fact that about half of those tracks were released before the mixtape even dropped, we were completely underwhelmed when we heard the entire project in its entirety. Plus, it's been awhile since we've heard Wayne really go in. Now is the time.

5. Include a few interludes and talk some serious $&%^ on them!
Normally, we wouldn't advocate an artist putting more interludes on a mixtape. But, in this instance, we'll do it because Wayne's interludes on mixtapes always make him feel like he's super involved in the project and really trying to make an impression on the listener. Dedication 2 had Wayne talking all over the place and it really added to the mixtape's impact. Drama shouldn't be the only one talking shit, Wayne. If you're gonna stand behind this project, stand behind it with your words and say so all over the mixtape. It'll help make this mixtape an important moment in your career.

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Your rapper’s favorite rapper Cardi B is slated to make her debut on “Car Pool Karaoke” with James Corden, Billboard reports. The Late Late Show host teased the upcoming episode, which airs Monday (Dec.17) via Instagram along with a small schedule of the show’s upcoming guests.

 

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Here’s what the next two weeks look like on the @latelateshow! Seeing the year out with a bang x x x

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In addition to the “Money” rapper, Amber Heard and Armie Hammer will also appear on the same episode. Corden is closing out the last leg of 2018 strong by having a slew of other prominent stars on the show on the last week before the program goes on break for the holidays. The likes of Gwen Stefani, RuPaul, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt, Leah Remini, Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others will be featured on the show after Bardi’s Monday episode.

To say the least, we're sure the British talk show host and the newly minted Grammy-nominated rapper are going to have the time of their lives.

The 26-year-old's now estranged husband Offset, along with the other members of Migos were guests on the beloved show. Joining Corden as he drove through the streets of Los Angeles, the trio performed a slew of hits including "Walk It Talk It"  while also giving a nod of praise to past hits, including Whitney Houston's "Wanna Dance With Somebody."

With all the fun Migos had with Corden, we can only imagine what shenanigans James and Belcalis are going to get into.

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Usher Releases "Peace Sign" Video Off Of 'A' Project

Given Monday's (Dec. 10) debate about who's the king of R&B, one of the names that steadily popped up in the conversation has stepped onto the scene. In a visual promotion for his A soundscape, Usher released the video for "Peace Sign" alongside producer Zaytoven.

Previously, the pair hit the studio for an eight-track project that pays respect to their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. It was surprise-released in October and effortlessly fuses ATL's aura on the soundscape. Now, the "Peace Sign" video puts that decision into cinematic motion.

"Atlanta offers a certain attitude and a sauce that I can't explain, and it is a little bit in 'No Limit,' it is a little bit in 'TNT.' I'm literally talking sh*t, man," he said in an interview with The Fader. "I'm popping sh*t that I haven't popped, like really ever. And that's what being in the moment creates. When you have months and months to think about it and you begin to analyze all the people who you need to think of and what you want this entire project to work out, you'll lose certain elements of your spontaneity an incredible culture that just happens in the moment. I didn't give that space. I really was honest with the feelings, I was honest with the conversation and I was really in the moment. And I thank Zay for that."

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T.I. Releases Short Film For "The Amazing Mr. F**k Up"

T.I. keeps himself accountable for his wrongdoings in the cinematic visual for "The Amazing Mr. F**k Up."

Premiered Monday (Dec. 10) on his series T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle, the track featuring singer-songwriter Victoria Monet, is flipped into a 10-minute-short film. Directed by Mike Ho, the short film stars comedienne Britney Elena, Colombus Short, Woody McClain and model Denise Rodriguez.

Starting at a fancy dinner gathering among friends, things take a turn for the worst when the rapper's other partner invades the feast. On the Dime Trap cut, T.I. calls out himself for his past mistakes and deviances with acknowledgment on how he needs to do better.

"It's amazing all the sh*t I done / Such examples I've been setting for my son / All she did was stay down and have my kid / All the time just to realize I ain't sh*t," T.I. spits. In addition to the rapper flexing his acting chops, the album version of the song includes the infamous scene in ATL between Tip and Lauren London, where his character snatches a necklace he gifted for New New.

The rapper is currently closing out the year on an impressive note as it was revealed that his music has been streamed 276 million times on the music streaming service Spotify. "A modest flex to end my 18th year in this sh*t!!!! Multitudes of Gratitude!!! #NextYearWeGoBigger!!!!," the Grand Hustle emcee tweeted on Saturday (Dec. 8).

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Extra thx to @brittneyelena @woody_thegreat @mikeho_ @officialcshort and errrrbody involved in bringing this vision to life!!! #TheAmazingMrFuckUP out @vevo after tonight’s episode of Friends and Family Hustle!!! @vh1

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A modest flex to end my 18th year in this sh*t!!!! Multitudes of Gratitude!!! #NextYearWeGoBigger!!!! pic.twitter.com/7J6FFsUicS

— T.I. (@Tip) December 8, 2018

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