Album Review | 2 Chainz – Rap or Go to the League

This album was released on March 1st this year. There didn’t really seem to be that much hype going into this project from what I saw. He didn’t really have a big lead single for it. Late last year he dropped that Hot Wings Are a Girl’s Best Friend EP, which was pretty bad. I was super disappointed to see that my least favorite track from it actually made it onto this album. However, I still think I’m gonna enjoy this album. I legitimately loved the previous album 2 Chainz dropped, and I would probably name it as one of my favorite Trap albums ever to be honest. That’s coming from someone who dislikes most Trap projects though. It’s not unusual for me to like a few Trap songs here and there, but I rarely enjoy a full project of Trap music. Hopefully this album is just as good if not better than Pretty Girls Like Trap Music. I’ve seen a lot of people talking highly of it, so I’m expecting this to be good.

1. Forgiven featuring Marsha Ambrosius produced by Dem Jointz

I’m gonna be honest; I’m REALLY not in the mood to listen to new music or write right now. I’m gonna force myself to listen to this shit now though because it’s been sitting in my iTunes library for over a week. Hopefully my lack of enthusiasm doesn’t negatively affect my thoughts on the album. Oh shit. Okay, this beat from Dem Jointz is awesome. Marsha Ambrosius sounds really good on the hook too. Woah. GodDAMN. This production is fire. Damn. This is so fucking good. OOOOOH. Bruh, Dem Jointz. Wow. This beat is amazing. The first verse from 2 Chainz was pretty good. This is so much better than I was expecting it to be. This is one of the best songs I’ve heard in a long time. The two verses from 2 Chainz weren’t amazing or anything, but they were good. The uncredited vocals from Francis & the Lights on the outro were cool. I fuckin’ love this song. This shit is dope af.

2. Threat 2 Society produced by 9th Wonder

Man, the production on this project is absolutely stellar so far. This is that classic 9th Wonder sound that I love. 2 Chainz is rapping really well over it too. I mean, neither of the verses are amazing or anything, but they’re pretty good. The hook is okay I guess. I’m not crazy about it honestly. It works though. I like the lines in the first verse where he says there’s yellow tape and white chalk when he’s on the beat. This song doesn’t blow me away like the previous one did, but I definitely enjoyed it. The best aspect of it is the production from 9th Wonder. It’s a dope song.

3. Money in the Way produced by Buddah Bless & Jabz

Once again, the production is top notch. I love how celebratory this beat sounds. The first verse from 2 Chainz isn’t anything special, but he sounded pretty good. Same goes for the hook. Nothing about it really stands out that much. It’s cool though. The second verse was alright. His flow got pretty old after a while. He ended the verse with more lines about yellow tape and chalk lines. I guess it’s not that unusual. However, if I hear one more mention of yellow tape and chalk I’ll start questioning 2 Chainz. Anyway, this is definitely my least favorite song so far, but I did enjoy it to some extent. A featured artist probably would’ve made things more interesting, but the song is cool. It’s above average for me. I don’t love it, but it’s entertaining enough to not be deleted from my iTunes library. I fuck with it.

4. Statute of Limitations produced by 30 Roc

Ehhh… This beat is kinda shitty to be honest. The first verse from 2 Chainz didn’t really do much for me. The hook is nothing special. The second verse was kinda cool, but it was only 8 bars. Honestly, there’s not a single aspect of this song that I really like. I’m not feelin’ the production from 30 Roc, and 2 Chainz didn’t really impress me on this track. This song kinda sucks honestly… It’s easily the worst song on the album so far. I don’t know if I would use the word “wack” to describe it, but it’s definitely not good. It’s mediocre to me.

5. High Top Versace featuring Young Thug produced by ATL Jacob

The hook from Young Thug on this track is super average. The verse from 2 Chainz was kinda cool. I liked his flow. None of the lyrics were that interesting though. The beat’s okay I guess. Young Thug’s verse was pretty terrible. The Street Fighter reference was kinda cool, and I’m glad he switched up his delivery from the hook. Other than that it was really bad though. I’m not gonna be listening to this song again in the future. I think it’s a step up from the previous track, but it’s still not entertaining enough to warrant repeat listens. I wasn’t impressed by Young Thug’s feature, and I don’t really care for the production. 2 Chainz’s performance was decent. This is an okay song I guess. Just not for me.

6. Whip featuring Travis Scott produced by WondaGurl & Mike Dean

The production on this track is pretty cool. It’s definitely not the best instrumental on the project so far, but it’s better than the previous few tracks. I actually really like the hook from Travis Scott. He sounds good. The first verse from 2 Chainz is nothing special. His flow on the second verse seemed kinda shaky to me to be honest. It wasn’t terrible though. Travis Scott doesn’t have a verse, which is probably for the best. It still kinda sounds like something that could’ve been on one of his albums. I’ve never been a fan of Travis Scott, but I liked his performance on this song a lot. To be honest, I’m more impressed by him than I am by 2 Chainz on this track. 2 Chainz really didn’t add much to the song for me. I like it though. It’s definitely not one of my favorites on the album, but it’s pretty good. I fuck with this track.

7. NCAA produced by C-Note

This beat is hard as hell. 2 Chainz’s flow on this first verse is pretty underwhelming. The way he ended it was absolutely hilarious though. He says “playin’ with the clit like a guitar,” and then you hear a guitar solo. I actually like the hook on this track too. This shit is hard. His flow on the second verse is a little more interesting. I think this is one of the better songs on the album. Nothing about it really stands out as being amazing. It’s a pretty well done track though. The production is dope, and the verses are decent. This shit is dope.

8. Mama I Hit a Lick featuring Kendrick Lamar produced by Pharrell Williams

WOOOOH. This beat from Pharrell is amazing. I really like this hook from Kendrick too. The first verse from 2 Chainz wasn’t really anything special. That Mannie Fresh line was kinda cool, but other than that nothing about it stood out to me. Kendrick’s verse was cool. I mean, it’s nowhere near as amazing as we’ve come to expect from him, but it was solid. I like how he kept switching up his voice. It’s not really that impressive lyrically though. His flow wasn’t that impressive either. This is a good song. I wanted to be blown away by this track, and that’s just not what happened. It was cool though. It’s definitely one of the better songs on the album. I like it. It’s dope.

9. Rule the World featuring Ariana Grande produced by Cardiak, Paul Cabbin, Rob Holladay & Hitmaka

I’m not really into Ariana Grande’s music like that, so I really wasn’t looking forward to this track. I don’t think she’s a bad artist. I just don’t really like Pop music, so she doesn’t make music for me. I can’t lie though; she sang her ass off on this track. However, this isn’t really the kinda thing I see myself returning to. The production’s decent, but neither of the verses from 2 Chainz really did anything for me. I just don’t care for the content personally. It’s pretty much just him rapping about how much he loves his wife, which is cool I guess. It’s just not for me. This song is fine. Nothing about it really stands out as being bad. It’s just okay to me though.

10. Girl’s Best Friend featuring Ty$ produced by Cardo & Dez Wright

This song fucking sucks. It was one of the last songs I reviewed last year. It’s just a super bland, uninteresting song. 2 Chainz’s first verse was boring as hell. I don’t care for the production, and I wasn’t impressed by the hook from Ty$ either. The second verse has some of the laziest writing I’ve encountered in a long ass time. When I originally reviewed the song I thought it was performed by Ty$, but it’s actually 2 Chainz singing. Honestly, I really should’ve known that it wasn’t Ty$ because the singing isn’t that good. The verse is terrible though. That’s definitely the worst verse on the album so far. I think this was a terrible choice for a single. This shit is wack to me.

11. 2 Dollar Bill featuring Lil Wayne & E-40 produced by DJ Mustard, Terrace Martin & Anthony Evans

This beat is just as dull as any other DJ Mustard beat. Actually, that’s a bit harsh. It’s slightly better than the average Mustard beat. It’s still not good though. The hook is nothing special. It reminds me of I’m Different, only instead of saying “I’m different” over and over again he says “I’m rare.” The first verse from 2 Chainz is nothing special. That Mr. Clean line was kinda cool I guess. Lil Wayne killed it to be honest. His flow was dope as hell. That line about how he’s rare like a cop that’s fair was great. E-40’s verse was cool too. 2 Chainz easily had the worst verse. Wayne is the best part of this song. E-40 did his thing too, but aside from that nothing about this track impresses me. The Wayne feature ALMOST makes this song worth returning to. However, as a whole, I’m not really into this song. It’s decent though. It’s definitely not bad.

12. I Said Me produced by 30 Roc & Datboisqueeze

Ehhh… I’m not a fan of the way this song starts. It samples a rendition of My Favorite Things. The actual beat on this song is cool. It flips the same sample as Dead Presidents by Jay-Z. I’d rather just listen to that song to be honest. This beat is still good though. I’m not really crazy about the hook from 2 Chainz. The first verse isn’t that good to me either.

I get tipsy eatin’ red pussy

Um… Why is it red? Is… Is he trying to say what I think he is? I hope not. That line is fucking disgusting if it’s about what I think it’s about. The second verse was a little better. The way they chopped up the My Favorite Things sample and jammed it into the end of the song is really jarring. It’s discordant as hell. This is one of the only songs without features that has three verses. I’m not sure who that was talking on the outro, but I could’ve done without that shit. Overall, this song really isn’t good to me. I actually think it’s one of the worst songs on the album to be honest. I really didn’t like that My Favorite Things sample, and I would’ve preferred a more original beat. Like I said, there’s no reason for me to listen to this over Dead Presidents. I don’t think this is bad, but it’s far from good in my opinion. This is mediocre to me.

13. I’m Not Crazy, Life Is featuring Kodak Black & Chance the Rapper produced by FKi 1st & Mike Dean

This track definitely has one of the worst song titles I’ve seen all year. One of the first things 2 Chainz says on this track is “I feel like good ass weed can solve any problem; for real.” He’s right. I mean… I know for a fact that that’s objectively not true, but… I believe it anyway. Lol. The production on this track is average to me. Maybe slightly above average. The first verse from 2 Chainz was kinda good. Chance the Rapper’s verse was pretty average for him. That said, it’s still the best verse in the song. The autotuned hook from 2 Chainz sucks to be honest. The final verse from Kodak was really bad, especially when he started rapping with autotune in the final half. I just hate his accent. He raps like he has an oversized tongue. It sounds like his mouth is full of mud. The uncredited vocals from Joi can’t save the song. I wouldn’t call this bad, but just like with the previous track it’s nowhere near good. I do like how the production kinda changed up during Joi’s bridge though. However, as a whole I think this is one of the weaker songs on the album. It’s mediocre to me.

14. Sam produced by B Clark

This beat is pretty solid. This is kind of a weird note to end the album on. It’s a track about 2 Chainz’s disdain for taxes. He’s rapping about Uncle Sam. After the first recital of the hook, 2 Chainz asks the age old question, “what are taxes, for real, though?” The second verse is only 8 bars long. It’s nothing special. Man… This song kinda sucks to be honest. That shit he said during the outro was stupid as hell.

You make over five hundred thousand a year
Sam want thirty-seven percent of that
Which is almost forty percent
Which is almost fifty percent

He’s really trying to say that thirty-seven percent is almost fifty percent. As someone who isn’t really that obsessed with money, it’s hard for me to care when rich people complain about paying taxes. I don’t like this song at all. Once again, I feel like calling it “wack” is a little harsh. Then again, there’s not a single aspect of this track that I actually like. It’s mediocre to me.

This is actually a lot worse than I was expecting it to be. It’s a major step down from Pretty Girls Like Trap Music in my opinion. I think it’s okay overall, but I don’t understand people saying it’s his best album. His previous album was far more consistent to me. I thought this project was gonna be really great after hearing that first track. That was a really excellent way to start the album off. Unfortunately he just couldn’t keep that momentum going. There aren’t that many bad songs on this album, but there are a lot of average ones. It’s not as hard hitting as PGLTM, and it’s nowhere near as silly as BOATS. It’s just kinda stale to me to be honest. His next album is supposed to be produced by Statik Selektah, so that should be interesting. Hopefully he actually has something interesting to say on that project. I don’t think that was the case for this album. It’s decent. I was expecting more though.

Favorite Song: Forgiven
Least Favorite Song: Girl’s Best Friend


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Grade: C

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