Dedication 2 is a 2006 mixtape by DJ Drama and Lil Wayne. It is a sequel to Lil Wayne's previous mixtape, Dedication, and is second in DJ Drama's Gangsta Grillz series with Lil Wayne. It is one of the few mixtapes in the hip hop genre to be both financially successful and critically acclaimed. Despite its illegal use of unlicensed instrumentals and samples, it is sold through iTunes and retail stores such as Best Buy and FYE, widely reviewed in the mainstream media, and even though a mixtape that almost only exclusively sold digitally it peaked at #69 on Billboard's "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" chart. The cover shows Lil Wayne with "Fear God" tattooed on his eyelids.
Much of the mixtape showcases Lil Wayne's free associating rhymes and "liquid non-sequiturs."
Dedication 2 appeared on year-end top ten lists from the New Yorker critic Sasha Frere-Jones, New York Times critic Kelefa Sanneh, the Baltimore City Paper's Jason Torres, and a panel of critics at the Washington City Paper. Tom Breihan of The Village Voice proclaimed it the best summer album of 2006, praising DJ Drama's "impeccable beat selection". "SportsCenter" was complimented for its "free associating brain bursts." "Georgia... Bush" was also acclaimed for its "mesmerizing indictment" of President Bush.
In 2009, Rhapsody ranked the album at #15 on its "100 Best Albums of the Decade" Retrieved 12 January 2010. list.
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