Lil Wayne celebrated Christmas this week by releasing a new mixtape. On Dedication 6, the rapper puts his own spin on a variety of recent hits, including Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA” and Jay-Z’s “The Story of O.J.”While most rappers now treat mixtapes as albums by another name, Lil Wayne still approaches them as he did a decade ago, taking other rappers’ records, making them his own and releasing the results for free.

Dedication 6 includes a wide variety of source material, from pop smashes (Post Malone’s “Rockstar”) to summer rap-radio hits (YFN Lucci’s “Everyday We Lit”) to breakout records from up-and-coming MCs (Lil Baby’s “My Dawg,” Rich the Kid’s “New Freezer”). Nicki Minaj contributes a guest verse to the Post Malone-sampling “5 Star,” while the young Cash Money singer/rapper Baby E shows up on the Lil Uzi Vert-homage “XO Tour Life

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