2 Chainz enlisted the assistance of Chicago producer, Million $ Mano, for this Weeknd-sampling affair. Utilizing The Weeknd’s “The Birds, Pt. 1”, Mano creates a somber backdrop for 2 Chainz’ ever misogynist lyrics, as Abel heeds an unknown woman not to “fall in love with a nigga like me.” Though they don’t make the likeliest of pairings, both Weeknd and Tity work far better in execution due to the fact that both of them are, at the core, repulsive human beings. Though 2 Chainz never quite admits to this on the song, the fact that he chose such a self-loathing sample to identify with proves that 2 Chainz is more self-aware than his critics would have you believe.
My favorite 2 Chainz track from last year (thanks, Mike Will) has been given a music video, which looks like it was directed by Jordan Towers but was not. I buy da pussy, you payin’ for it/PUT YO HEAD THROUGH DA HEADBAWD
2 Chainz (feat. Bun B & Big K.R.I.T.) - Pimps (Mixtape, 2011)
never knew a video for this existed. Goddamn, that fucking sax/hook. No, this will not become a 2 Chainz appreciation blog. Yes, K.R.I.T. needs to stop this pimp shit. Yes, this is one of the best Bun verses in recent memory.
Big K.R.I.T. (feat. 8Ball & MJG & 2 Chainz) - Money On The Floor (Cinematic Music Group/Def Jam, 2011)
I’ve never met Big K.R.I.T. (and my interview with him never happened), but judging him based on interviews and his musical persona alone, dude has gotta be the most kind-hearted rapper I’ve ever seen. Which is why songs like this strip club joint just don’t work for him. I can’t believe Krit’s in the strip jawnt throwing out hundreds in the air; I’m half expecting him to take his jacket off and cover up some poor girl he presumes to be underage, while asking her what she’s doing out so late and where her parents are. I’m not trying to say Krit’s a lame, but look at that dude. Look how warm his smile is (pause). If I saw someone that looked like him in the strip club, I’d probably just fucking run. There’s no reason that man should ever be around some poor girls shaking their titties in public. Dude’s probably going to burn down the club in the name of the Lord. Not saying he’d do that, again, but that’s what would be going through my mind. I wouldn’t even finish my drink. That shit ain’t natural.
8Ball, MJG, and 2 Chainz more than likely live in the strip club though, and that’s why this song works so damn well. K.R.I.T., no matter how awkward his verse is, lays the groundworks for this song with a hypnotic beat, paying tribute to Screw classic, 25 Lighters (the original featuring Lil Keke and Fat Pat). 8Ball manages to be the rapper who picks up the ball (no pun intended?) and runs with it, his husky voice taking the beat to new lengths. MJG is the first to really mention the 25 Lighters theme though, and PIMP TIGHT follows up his big partner’s verse with an intricately laced ode to pole-dancing.
2 Chainz is the standout though, continuing what must be his best year ever with an entire verse built around the number 25. It’s pretty appropriate considering his original moniker probably came from all the nights he spent in the strip club. What the hell is that dude holding though? Everytime I see 2 Chainz, I just get more confused
Tity 2 Necklace’s latest release comes out amidst this recent influx of mixtapes. As far as I’m concerned, Rocky and 2 Chainz are the only thing from the last couple days I have any desire I listen to, as the rest of the mixtapes are split between rappers from the 90s and rappers who wish they were. I haven’t heard the full project yet, but if the first six tracks are any indication, this mixtape exceeds expectations.
Did TUHHH CHAAAAAAAAYYYYYYNZ finally figure out that he wasn’t going to be successful with a name presumably derived from a woman’s breasts? I think Motorboater would’ve been a more respectable name than Tity Boi, and I still wouldn’t listen to an artist named that unless he was infatuated with speedboats and jet-skis.
Regardless of his idenity’s origins, it seems with the name change (I know he’s been referring to himself as 2 Chainz for well over a year but it’s never been his official moniker) has come a slightly new attitude and fresh approach. Though this song is called Riot, it’s the same drug-addled flow Tity’s been riding since last year Codeine Cowboy, though with more focus and a better sense of what he wants to accomplish. How 2 Chainz intends on inciting a riot with this song is pretty unclear - from the sound of his voice, 2 Chainz has drank himself into a codeine-infused coma, and DJ Spinz’ instrumental, while ominous, is more likely to make you light up a blunt than an establishment. There are shades of an aggressive snarl here though, and unlike many of Chainz’ past songs where lifelessness tended to be a problem, I can feel him coming to life (or slowly losing his life) here.
One thing I noticed on this song, is 2 Chainz’ severe case of Bobby Brown-jaw in that second verse. Dude sounds like he needs to stick his face in the sink for a good half hour in order to get his heart to start beating again. That’s something we tend to mark for around these parts, so let’s just hope that’s a stylistic choice.
2 Titties’ Tru REALigion (complete with very ugly cover-art) drops November 1st, and I’m looking forward to it.