Album Review | 2 Chainz – Pretty Girls Like Trap Music

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This album was released on June 16th this year. I think this is my fifth 2 Chainz review. I haven’t been too pleased with the majority of his work, but his last project, Hibachi For Lunch, was surprisingly good to me, and I’ve heard really good things about this album, so I actually think I’m gonna enjoy this. I’m more excited about what he’s gonna do AFTER this album tho. We all know 2 Chainz is a smart guy, and he can actually rap when he wants to. When he was on Everyday Struggle, he explicitly said that he doesn’t really want to do Trap music anymore, but he made this album because it’s what his fans want. However, he said after this album he’s gonna try to make different music. Hopefully it’ll be a David Banner type situation. I’ve always wanted 2 Chainz to do that, so that should be interesting. I think this’ll be good tho. That freestyle he did for the LA Leakers over Kendrick’s DNA beat was pretty nice, so I’m optimistic about this album.

Track 1: Saturday Night (Prod. Mike WiLL Made It & Ducko McFli)

Oh… Oh my gawd… Holy fucking shit… Bruh… This beat is fucking incredible. Y’all know I don’t like electric guitars, but they did this shit the right way. This is fucking phenomenal. I don’t even fucking like Mike WiLL that much, but he put his ASS in this beat. This is fucking awesome. The first verse was dope by Trap standards.

I had that work right in front of me / Fuck all you niggas, you wannabes / Most of you niggas is under me’s / I’ma give your ass some to see / My car don’t have car keys / My crib got palm trees / Pussy smell like sardine; you need to get up of my lawn, please.

The hook is dope too. Wow. This is a really fucking good way to start this album off. I’m loving this shit. This is so fucking dope. He killed that second verse.

Luda charged me just to dip / Was there when Chaka was swung on by Tip / I’m like “oh shit; we gon’ tear up this bitch!” / Pull out a stick when you put up your fist / I’m like “these niggas done fucked up my fit” / Funny how heaven & hell coexist.

This song is spectacular. I definitely fuck with this track. This is dope af to me.

Track 2: Riverdale Rd. (Prod. DJ Mano & Mike Dean)

I’m not really sure how I feel about this beat to be honest. At first I thought I was gonna really like it, but it never really goes anywhere. It’s a bit too skeletal for me. It sounds like it samples a horror movie’s soundtrack, but aside from some bass and light percussion, there’s nothing else to it. It’s a shame because I really like the hook from 2 Chainz. The verses are decent. The ketchup/mustard line was pretty corny, but the final verse was really nice. The bridge was pretty bad… Yeah… Nah, I’m not gonna be coming back to this shit. I think it’s a decent song tho. There are things I like about it, but it’s just got a few too many flaws for me to wanna return to it. It’s alright.

Track 3: Good Drank Feat. Gucci Mane & Quavo (Prod. Mike Dean)

good-drank

This song originally appeared on Hibachi For Lunch, and I remember not really being too impressed with it the first time I heard it. Hopefully I’ll feel differently about it today than I did before. It’s starting now. The beat is decent. Okay, yeah I remember this one. It’s the kinda song that really isn’t bad at all, but it’s really not very memorable. It’s fine tho. I wouldn’t mind listening to it again. This verse from Gucci Mane is really dope. Hmm… You know what? Fuck it; I’ll go easy on this track. The verse from Gucci makes it slightly above average. It’s not that good. It’s cool tho.

Track 4: 4 AM Feat. Travis Scott (Prod. Murda Beatz & CuBeatz)

Oh shit… This beat is dope af. Okay, here we go. This is so hard. Man, this production is crazy. I like his flow on this first verse. This hook from Travis Scott is fantastic too. This is awesome. This album is off to a good start. I might even like this song more than the intro track. The intro had better production, but I like 2 Chainz’s flow better on this one, and the hook is catchier too. It just ended. Huh… Actually… You know what? I think the intro is still my favorite song. This is also a great song, but his flow on the second verse was pretty underwhelming to be honest. It was a good call to not give Travis a verse tho. So yeah. This is dope af.

Track 5: Door Swangin’ (Prod. Buddah Bless)

This beat is cool. The hook’s nice. So far there’s not really anything noteworthy to talk about with this song. I’m enjoying it, but it’s got a pretty conventional structure as far as Trap goes. The hook’s repetitive, but it’s cool. The strings that come in after are really great. The song just ended. Yeah, there’s really not much to say about this track. I love the beat, and the hook is cool. The verses are fine. This isn’t gonna be a lot of people’s favorite song on the album, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. This is dope.

Track 6: Realize Feat. Nicki Minaj (Prod. FKi)

Honestly, I won’t be surprised if this ends up being the first wack song on this project. I really don’t like Nicki Minaj. However, given the opportunity, I would give her my virginity. Anyway, this song is starting now. The beat is cool. Woooah… Okay, the way he ended that verse was actually really dope. He pretty much just shat all over Mumble Rap. I’m gonna be honest; I really wouldn’t have expected him to say something like this.

Can’t even trust our own government / Aw, man; fuck all that humble shit / ???????? / Man, FUCK all that mumble shit.

That was dope as hell. Oh God… Nicki’s singing. I can’t stand her singing. This is tolerable tho. I don’t really mind the hook. She also got a verse. She’s dissing Remy Ma. Should I have covered the Nicki Minaj & Remy Ma beef? Nobody asked for my thoughts on it, and I wasn’t really interested in it at all… shETHER was kinda cool I guess, but I don’t know. It didn’t really excite me. If it was an original song it might’ve been better. It was kinda corny for her to call it shETHER. She definitely had the better diss tho. I just don’t give a shit about Nicki Minaj, and I’m not very familiar with Remy Ma as an artist, so I probably couldn’t have really given a better analysis of it than someone like The Rap Critic anyway. I wasn’t really feelin’ Nicki’s verse on this track. Her flow was boring. At one point she says that Papoose wrote Remy Ma’s diss track. That seems like kind of a bold claim to make, especially since Nicki’s faced multiple accusations of utilizing ghostwriters.

Papoose wrote a Ether record, but I broke Aretha record.

That could’ve been a cool line if she didn’t repeat the exact same punchline at the end of the verse. I’ve noticed that she does that a lot. On the rare occasion that she actually has a clever line like that, she usually runs it into the ground. The song just ended. Eh… This wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be, but I’m still never listening to this ever again. Pretty much the only thing I liked about it was the last handful of bars from 2 Chainz’s verse. The beat got old pretty quickly, the hook wasn’t very good, and Nicki’s verse was mad boring. This song isn’t that wack, but it’s kinda wack.

Track 7: Poor Fool Feat. Swae Lee (Prod. Mike WiLL Made It, Ducko McFli & Mike Dean)

Woah… This beat is really cool. The hook from Swae Lee is pretty dope. Thank God it’s not as bad as that shit he did on Ransom 2. I think Swae Lee has a pretty good voice. I usually like him on hooks. I don’t know what the hell happened on that Perfect Pint track. That shit was horrific. This hook is great tho. It’s not only good sonically; he’s singing from the perspective of 2 Chainz’s mother, and the lyrics are actually pretty cool.

Poor fool, streets don’t love you like I do / I said close your mouth & eat / You make some paper, then you make your own rules.

The first verse was dope. 2 Chainz’s flow was nice. This is definitely another one of the best songs. I don’t have any complaints. I know I talked more about the hook than 2 Chainz’s own contribution, but there’s not really much to say about the verses. The flows were cool. Lyrically, it’s mostly the same as the other tracks. I liked this song a lot tho. This is dope af.

Track 8: Big Amount Feat. Drake (Prod. Buddah Bless)

Big Amount

This is another recycled track from an earlier mixtape. It was originally featured on Daniel Son; Necklace Don, which I found to be pretty goddamn boring. I was really harsh on this track when I originally reviewed it. I regret nothing tho. This is not a good song. The beat is so fucking boring. It sounds like everything I’ve ever heard from Zaytoven. As I said in my original review of this track, Trap producers seem to have a strange affinity to woodwind instrumentation. This is one of the most boring Trap songs I’ve ever heard. 2 Chainz’s flow is nothing special. He definitely had a more tolerable verse than Drake tho. I didn’t even think 2 Chainz’s verse was bad; it was just really boring. Drake’s verse was fucking terrible tho.

Michael Jackson talkin’ to me in my dreams / And he say, “You bad and you know it” / Better ch’mon with my check then.

REACTION TO FUCKERY

Yeah, he really said that. Smh… Jesus fucking Christ. This song pissed me the fuck off. It’s not even one of those tracks that’s sonically unbearable. It’s just ridiculously boring. This song is wack af to me.

Track 9: It’s A Vibe Feat. Ty$, Trey Songz & Jhené Aiko (Prod. Murda Beatz & G Koop)

It's A Vibe

Huh. Do people still care about Trey Songz? I feel like I haven’t heard his name in forever. Oh wait didn’t he drop an album at the end of last year? Lmao. My bad; I forgot… Can Jhené Aiko sing? I mean, can she ACTUALLY sing? She sounds good on actual songs—she sang her fuckin’ ass off on Pink Toes—but I’ll never forget her performance at the 2014 BET Awards. She sounded fucking awful. John Legend knew she was fuckin’ up, so he had to hop in and sing her own song better than her. It was really hard to watch, but that’s neither here nor there. This song is starting now. Oh shit. Goddamn. This beat is fucking fantastic. Man. This is great. The hook’s not bad I guess. Ty$ did his thing on the first verse. Trey Songz is singing his motherfuckin’ ass off right now, but these lyrics were a bit much for me.

Your pussy drippin’, gushin’, drippin’ down your thighs / It’s a vibe; get high / Diggin’ deep while I’m lookin’ in your eyes.

Ugh… 2 Chainz’s verse was cool. I liked his flow, and that line about the weed in the ziplock bag being loud and clear was pretty nice. The structure of this song is pretty interesting. There’s not really an actual hook. I mean, there kinda is, but it’s only recited once at the beginning of the song. It’s more of an intro than an actual hook. After that it’s just one verse from each artist performing on the song, and then it ends. Well, I don’t know if I’d call Jhené Aiko’s contribution a “verse.” She pretty much just said “that’s a vibe” for thirty seconds. I didn’t mind her feature, but it didn’t add anything for me. This is one of the best songs on the album sonically. The production is super smooth, 2 Chainz’s verse was dope, and all the features sounded pretty good. I fuck with this track. This is dope to me.

Track 10: Rolls Royce Bitch (Prod. C-Note)

Oh lord. This beat is so dope. Hmm… I don’t know what it is about this song, but it just sounds really happy. Not in a bad way tho. It’s the kinda song that just makes you happy whenever you hear it. Well, I don’t know if it’ll have that effect on y’all, but I’m loving this shit. The first verse was dope. This hook is nice too. Man… This might actually be my favorite song on the album. I’m serious. This shit is just really… I don’t know. I don’t know how to describe it. I feel like I’m sitting on the beach on a sunny day drinking a piña colada. That’s what the beat sounds like. I love the bassline that comes in when the second verse starts. I could see a remix of this song with Chance The Rapper & Snoop Dogg & the Migos too. I could see Lil Yachty on this track too, but not in a good way. Anyway, as you can tell, I really fuck with this song. This shit is dope af to me.

Track 11: Sleep When U Die (Prod. Buddah Bless)

Okay, just based off what I’ve heard so far, I think it’s safe to say this is 2 Chainz’s best work. This album is legitimately great to me. Thank God. Hopefully he doesn’t fuck this shit up before I write my final thoughts. Anyway, this track is starting now. This beat is really dope. Those distorted vocals that come in during the hook actually sound pretty cool. He’s rapping about workin’ his fuckin’ ass off. The first verse was cool. This beat is so fuckin’ hard. The second verse was nice. The song just ended. This is a good song. It’s typical 2 Chainz song, except more polished. Just like with track 5, there’s really not much to say about it. It’s a good song tho. I fuck with this.

Track 12: Trap Check (Prod. Buddah Bless)

Holy fucking shit… This beat is fucking incredible. This is what I think Earl Sweatshirt would rap over if he became a Trap artist. It sounds really dark. I see a lot of people saying it’s a perfect beat for 21 Savage. I could see him on this song, but I wouldn’t like it. I think 21 Savage’s delivery is a good idea on paper, but his execution sounds just a bit too lethargic for me. 2 Chainz’s flow actually kinda sounds like 21 Savage’s flow. His voice is just far less monotone, so it’s not as boring. I’m kinda shocked by how good this album is. The flow he used for that second verse was really cool. I really like this shit. That second verse was great. The way the beat switched up at the end was kinda weird at first, but it was cool. This is dope af to me.

Track 13: Blue Cheese Feat. Migos (Prod. K. Swisha)

This beat is cool. The hook from Quavo isn’t bad. 2 Chainz’s verse was dope. Offset’s verse was great. Oh thank God. For a second I was worried that Takeoff wouldn’t have a verse. He’s goin’ in now tho. He definitely had the best verse in my opinion. Quavo didn’t have a verse, which is probably for the best. This song definitely isn’t as impressive to me as a lot of the others, but I still enjoyed it. They went for a smooth vibe; I would’ve preferred if they all went in over something harder, like on the previous song. I still think this is good tho. It’s just far from being a favorite of mine.

Track 14: OG Kush Diet (Prod. FKi & iLL Wayno)

Goddamn… This beat is so fucking dope. His flow on the intro was great, and I love this hook too. Man… He’s rappin’ his ass off on this shit. He killed that second verse. His flow on the first verse was really cool. Wow. This is definitely another one of my favorites. Woooah… The beat just switched up. OH MY GOD. BRUUH. This is fucking incredible. It just transformed into a fucking Reggae beat. This is so fucking awesome. Jesus. Okay, yeah. Lmao. This shit is fucking phenomenal. He killed this shit. I definitely fuck with this shit. This is dope af.

Track 15: Bailan Feat. Pharrell Williams (Prod. Pharrell Williams)

The production on this album is really good. This beat is real nice, and Pharrell sang his fucking ass off on the hook. This is another song that makes me feel like I’m at the beach. Man this is a really good album for the summer. I fucking love this beat, and the hook is fantastic too. The first verse from 2 Chainz was nothing special. It was only like 8 bars. Oh no… Please don’t tell me this is just gonna be a super Poppy track meant for the radio. Please tell me he actually raps for real on this song… I mean, even if he only spits 8 more bars, I’m enjoying it. I just hope he takes this track seriously. Oh. Thank God. Lmao. He’s rapping for real now. The subject matter isn’t really the kinda thing I’d typically listen to, but his flow was nice. This is another fantastic song. I definitely fuck with this. It’s dope af to me.

Track 16: Burglar Bars Feat. Monica (Prod. M16, Wonder Arillo & Mike Dean)

Woah… This song starts with a message from fucking Farrakhan of all people…

As I met 2 Chainz a few minutes ago… As I gazed into his face, I felt that I was in the presence of royalty. There’s a certain power presence that he gives off.

Now Monica is singing on the intro. Wow. This production sounds very lush and extravagant. This isn’t a Trap song… Oh… Holy shit… He’s doing it. He’s rapping for real on this track. Holy fuck. I’ve been waiting to see what he can really do like this forever. I’m so happy right now lmao. God I’m such a dork. He’s fucking spittin’ his ass off right now tho.

I did everything except a fucking song with Jay / But I murdered every song I fucking did with Ye / See my verses are better, and my subject is realer / See my mom was an addict, and my dad was the dealer / And their son is that nigga / I’m no black activist / I’m a black millionaire / Give you my black ass to kiss.

This is fucking awesome… Man… I can’t believe how great this song is. Fuuuck. I didn’t think I’d have trouble picking a favorite song from a 2 Chainz album. This is phenomenal tho. I definitely fuck with this shit. It’s dope af.

Final Thoughts:

Wow… Uh… What the fuck just happened? Did 2 Chainz just drop one of the best commercial albums of the year? Did that really just happen? Jesus… I can’t believe how good this album is. I didn’t expect to love a 2 Chainz album like this. Shit, I didn’t even expect to love ANY Trap album like this. This album is exceptional tho… 2 Chainz put his ASS into this project. I was really caught off guard by this one, especially after all those underwhelming mixtapes. The production is so much better on this album. It never feels generic or bland, aside from the older songs that originally appeared on the aforementioned mixtapes; the production is varied, and 2 Chainz flows over it very well. This is just more proof that when 2 Chainz really puts his mind to it, he can make legitimately great music. I love this album. It’s dope.

Favorite Song: OG Kush Diet

Least Favorite Song: Big Amount

Verdict:

B+

80-89

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