Dedication 2 is the moment that Lil Wayne stepped into the light and became the Best Rapper Alive. It's a collective representation of that time when hip-hop fans were in awe of Weezy.
Granted, Wayne had firmly established himself as a fully formed talent with the release of Tha Carter II and the original Dedication, but Dedication 2 offered so much more. For one, Weezy's personality began to shine through; his love of SportsCenter was now more apparent than ever.
His lyrics became a mix of abrupt violence ("Kidnap a nigga make him feel like a kid again"), pure wit ("I've been ready since '81 and I was born in '82"), and pop culture references ("She said it's not Dominos, it's DiGiornos"). Most importantly, his flow became unmatched as he experimented with a variety of styles, most notably paying homage to Juvenile's "Bounce for the Juvenile" on "Walk It Off."—Insanul Ahmed