The 30 Best Lil Wayne Mixtape Tracks

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By Confusion, Joyce Ng, Katie K., & Jon Tanners

With the release of Lil Wayne's new album, we're going to hear a lot of the same shit that we always hear about Lil Wayne. Instead of joining that toxic merry-go-round of a discussion, let's focus in on something we can all agree on: Mixtape Weezy.

Wayne had a run in music that was unlike anything hip-hop has ever seen. He was claiming to be the best rapper alive, and a string of mixtapes had a lot of people convinced. It's a strange kind of success, because these weren't radio hits, they weren't money-makers that were filling the Young Money bank accounts, and they certainly weren't the kind of catchy, pop-leaning circus acts that Lil Wayne has proved himself capable of creating. For a while there, Wayne was in a zone, and he was rapping his ass off.

Without a doubt, Lil Wayne's latest album, I Am Not A Human Being II, will do big numbers, yield at least a few mainstream hits, and on paper, it will be a huge success—but there's nothing quite like that mixtape material, when Lil Wayne was honing his oddball skills and rapping like he had something to prove.

Wayne doesn't have much to prove anymore. No matter what, he'll go down in hip-hop history as one of the most important rappers of his time. And some people will always hate that. But before you judge him for "Lollipop" or Rebirth, remember the mixtapes like Dedication 2 and Da Drought 3.

Here are the 30 Best Lil Wayne Mixtape Tracks. And feel free to disagree, because if there's one thing Lil Wayne is good at, it's getting people to argue.

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  • Jesus Shuttlesworth

    1 and 2 are definitely correct but Wasted should definitely be higher. At least higher than D.O.A.

  • oldsoulnewera

    His “Promise” freestyle? Major improvement on the original. Also, where “Kush”?

  • http://twitter.com/NoKeysMusic ELV$FR$HLY

    Sky Is The Limit is without a doubt Wayne’s best mixtape song ever, good job guys. And ever since we heard Zoo, the phrase “welcome to the zoo” has become regular in my circles.

  • great 8

    someone should zip all these jams together and upload

  • green

    anyway we could get a download since it’s all free music?

  • LitoStarr

    I disagree with this entire listing. WOAT

  • Chillin

    Oh. I’m a bit surprised that two of my all-time Lil Wayne-favorites are missing: Pray To The Lord (The Drought is Over) and Amen (Lil Weezyana 1).

    I’ve always liked my Lil Wayne all religious over sped-up soulgospel beats.
    http://youtu.be/B9b6b7e77jQ
    http://youtu.be/QYVgoXFkr5Y

  • Baye Ceesay

    weezy ambitions?where was it?

  • http://twitter.com/djlilelle DJ Lil’ Elle

    really happy with this list, especially the top 2 picks. nice job guys!

  • http://twitter.com/djlilelle DJ Lil’ Elle
  • MonsterD

    kush and la la la la were in the top 3 for me

  • La Bonita

    Number 1 he says the gremlins line… Wayne is straight BS

  • deandredorch

    its on the dought 2 or 3

  • deandredorch

    thats so!!!!! lol

  • deandredorch

    thank u

  • Crunch

    Sure Thing….off of Sorry 4 The Wait. Guys, come on. I dig the list, but it just feels incomplete without this. I flipped thru every slide knowing that the next one had to be it, but it’s nowhere to be found. smh

  • ueno

    ight, sorry 4 the wait is worthy to make this list doe

  • Young Mula Baby

    thx man <3

  • Jairo Villeda

    damn lil wayne did go innnnnnnnn i almost feel sorry for him

  • Syd

    Where is ‘Brand New’ from drought is over 4?