Lil Wayne, Dedication 2 (2006)
DJ Drama: “We did the first Dedication maybe a month and a half after Trap Or Die. We were on the Urban Legends tour and Tip was on the bus with Wayne. I was like, ‘Yo, let me talk to him real quick.’ It was actually my first time speaking to Wayne and I was like, ‘Yo, we should do a tape,’ and he was like ‘Cool.’
“I listened to Wayne and of course we were all familiar with the hits. When we started working on Dedicationand he gave me the music, I I could hear the progression and the difference in his music.
“As I was moving that tape to parts outside of the South, I remember the impact that the tape had on New York and how people were really paying attention to Wayne’s lyrics and his bars outside of looking at him like ‘Bling Bling’ and ‘Wobble Dee Wobble Dee.’
“That was definitely a changing point for him. I was excited to be a part of it. One thing I did with that tape was, outside of the music, I almost did it like an interview. I sent him things that I wanted him to talk about and sprinkled it throughout the tape to really get people to get to know him in that light.
“I’ll never forget going home to Philly and being on my mom’s block, sitting on the steps and hearing cars drive by playing Dedication 2. That’s where I started DJ’ing and now I’m hearing the hottest rapper in the game with a mixtape that I did, on those steps. It was crazy.”