Lil Wayne Performs “Dedicate” on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’
Having just released his first commercial album in half-a-decade (Tha Carter V), it could be easy to forget just how dominant Lil Wayne was at his peak in the mid-2000s and early 2010s. Taking the stage on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night (Oct. 2), Weezy F. Baby reminded fans of his rap game dominance by performing "Dedicate," a Carter V standout that contextualizes Weezy's status as a certified living rap legend.
Performing with The Roots' live instrumentation at his back, Wayne lets loose a variety of flexes as he lets folks know exactly what it is.
"Who knew that I am the guru with voodoo/That sued you to high hell/With shooters that shoot through the iron, man/And see through the con man and now he a dyin' man/I turned a goddamn into a God's Plan/Go over the diagram and get to the job, man," Weezy raps, possibly referring to his relationships with Birdman and Weezy, two men that obviously figure heavily in the Wayne mythology.
Bouncing across stage with his customary energy, Weezy looks perfectly at home as he performs the song, which includes a 2 Chainz hook citing all of Tunechi's many contributions to hip-hop. As fans likely already know, "Dedicate" includes a portion of former President Barack Obama's speech name-dropping Weezy. When this part of the song plays in front of the Tonight Show audience, a massive smile grips Weezy's face, and it's absolutely priceless.
Before performing on the show, Weezy answered Fallon's question about what, exactly, led to the four-year delay of Carter V. Though neither Fallon or Weezy specify the details of the factors surrounding the delay, fans know all about the New Orleans rapper's prolonged legal battle with Birdman, who founded Cash Money Records and signed Weezy to the label more than 20 years ago. This past summer, Weezy was released from the label.
For his part, Weezy says the delay of his most recent album was largely due to his putting important business matters in the hands of someone else.
"I'm so into what I'm doing every day, my craft, that when I have to go too far into something else, I put somebody else in charge of it," Weezy explains. "When there's somebody else in charge of it that messes up, everything blows up. And that's how everything blew up. We just needed the debris to clear."
Watch Weezy's awesome performance in the video below. Peep his interview with Fallon beneath that.
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