2 Chainz – “Rap or Go to the League” review

2 Chainz is a 41 year old rapper from Atlanta, Georgia who came up as 1/2 of the duo Playaz Circle. They eventually signed to Disturbing tha Peace Records & Def Jam Recordings in the 2000s releasing only 2 albums. He eventually ventured off into a solo career, with his previous album Pretty Girls 👍 TRΛP MUSIC easily being his most mature work yet. But almost a couple years later, he’s back with the long-awaited follow-up.

The album kicks off with “Forgiven”, where Tity Boi gets spiritual over a trap beat with some beautifully alluring background vocals. The next song “Threat 2 Society” vents about not getting the credit he deserves over a pretty 9th Wonder instrumental while the track “Money in the Way” is a boring diatribe about this chick even though I like the triumphant beat. The song “Statue of Limitations” reflects on his drug dealing days over a bass heavy beat from 30 Roc while the song “High Top Versace” with Young Thug sees the 2 getting braggadocious over a disappointingly bland beat. The track “Whip” talks about going back to drug dealing over a WondaGurl beat with a dark atmosphere to it while the song “NCAA” of course talks about hustling over an eerie Honorable C.N.O.T.E. instrumental.

The song “Momma I Hit a Lick” with Kendrick Lamar of course has perfectly vivid storytelling accompanied with a Pharrell instrumental kin to “Amazing” off of T.I.’s 2010 album No Mercy while the track “Rule the World” is a smooth ode to his ride or die chick over a luxurious instrumental. The song “Girl’s Best Friend” talks about diamonds over a vintage West Coast instrumental from Cardo while the track “2 Dollar Bill” sees ColleGrove teaming up with E-40 to deliver a dime a dozen club banger with a dime a dozen DJ Mustard beat. The song “I Said Me” is all about how real he is over a nondescript beat while the penultimate track “I’m Not Crazy, Life Is” with Chance the Rapper & Kodak Black talks about how he’s never changed over a somber trap beat. The album then finishes with “Sam”, which gets conscious over a druggy beat.

To be honest, this is neck & neck with Tity Boi’s previous album. Sure some of the beats are generic, but it’s just as mature as last time on all fronts. Makes me really happy to see him continuing to progress as an artist & flexing his lyrical prowess a bit more.

Score: 3.5/5

2 CHΛINZ – “Pretty Girls 👍 TRΛP MUSIC” review

Just a little over a year after dropping the ColleGrove self-titled album with Lil Wayne, Playaz Circle member 2 Chainz is now delivering his 3rd full-length album. The opener “Saturday Night” sees Tity Boi talking about treating every day like it’s a Saturday & the production from Mike WiLL Made-It has these ominous piano keys as well as a KILLER electric guitar throughout. The next song “Riverdale Rd” talks discusses going from grams to Grammys & the beat is eerie, yet very abrasive. The track “Good Drank” with Gucci Mane originally appeared on 2 Chainz’ 3rd EP Hibachi for Lunch back from last October & it’s still as much of a spacey club banger as it was when it first came out then. The Quavo hook doesn’t really bother me at all either, especially with the hilarious Dr. Dre/André 3000 line that pops up near the end of it. The song “4 AM” talks about selling drugs at the titular time & while I do like the murky production that fits the vibe, I was disappointed that Travi$ Scott only did the hook & a couple adlibs on here. The track “Door Swangin'” goes in about hustlin’ & the atmospheric production isn’t too bad, either. The song “Realize” sees 2 Chainz talking about partying as well as Nicki Minaj dissing Remy Ma over a cloudy-ish beat & I gotta say, Nicki actually went in on this song. Oh, & the “fuck mumble rap” line that 2 Chainz spits at the end of his verse surprised me as well. The track “Poor Fool” has an ambitious tone lyrically & I really love the wind chimes throughout the beat. I’m also happy that Swae Lee only does the hook on this track & he definitely did a decent job at that here. The song “Big Amount” with Drake originally appeared on Tity Boi’s 9th mixtape Daniel Son; Necklace Don from last August & it still sounds as much of a chill braggadocious tune as it originally was then. However, the Drake verse is still average. The track “It’s a Vibe” with Ty$ as well as Trey Songz & Jhené Aiko is a sex banger that really does live up to the title. Especially with the funky guitar on here. The song “Rolls Royce Bitch” talks about believing in yourself & the really smooth guitar passages on here actually make it my 2nd favorite track on the entire album. The track “Sleep When You Die” talks about never resting & while the sampled OJ da Juiceman adlibs do kinda get annoying after a while, the production is on some straight sensei shit. The song “Trap Check” talks about cashing in checks & buying shit with the money over an sinister beat with some rattling hi-hats. The track “Blue Cheese” has a wavy beat, but the Migos feature is what REALLY kills the vibe for me on here & the 2 Chainz verse at the beginning does it little justice. The song “OG Kush Diet” talks about getting high since his friend passed as well as saying your favorite rapper has no talent (presumably another shot at mumble rap) & I absolutely love the beat change halfway through. The penultimate track “Bailan” is actually my favorite track on the entire album. Not just because of Pharrell’s relaxing production, but also how charismatic Tity Boi sounds on here too. The album then closes out with “Burglar Bars”, where it gets motivational to the listener over an instrumental that compliments the vibe perfectly! Even though I’ve never been a big fan of this guy, this new album of his took me by surprise. The production’s hard as Hell as one would expect, but what got me the most was how 2 Chainz was sounding a lot more interesting me over them this time around. If any of you are like me & didn’t care for his last 2 albums B.O.A.T.S. (Based On A T.R.U. Story) or it’s sequel Me Time all that much, then I HIGHLY recommend checking this new album out because it truly is like night & day

Score: 3.5/5