Release Date: Mar 1, 2019
Record label: Def Jam Recordings
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When 2 Chainz transformed his hoop dreams at Alabama State University into a rap career, there were only two options: become a successful rapper, or return to a street life that awaited him. It's a stark reality for many young men from inner city communities, and one that fuelled his fifth studio album, Rap or Go to the League. After announcing the album with a million dollar blimp at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, 2 Chainz surprised fans once more by saying the upcoming album would also be executive produced by none other than LeBron ….
Tauheed Epps' commercial career as 2 Chainz started with a joke: "Cut the top off, call it Amber Rose" he declared at the start of Based on a T.R.U. Story. As far as rap similes go, it's not bad, but there was a significant risk as far as establishing legitimacy as an M.C. Even with hip-hop heads knowing of Tity Boi from associations with Ludacris and Playaz Circle, 2 Chainz stood to be seen as nothing more than a punchline prince: someone who could be an ace in the hole for features but whose ability to carry a full album might be in doubt.
Appearing on other people's tracks, the Georgia rapper's turned the guest verse into a fine art. Now he's finally made the solo album worthy of his supreme talent For the best part of a decade, 2 Chainz has been obliterating guest verses with an admirable consistency. Whenever the Georgia rapper pops up on a track, you know it's going to be worth your time, with 2 Chainz providing endless cartoonish, quotable lines (my personal favourite: "Got a bottle of cologne that cost more than your rent") that are by equal parts hysterical and heartfelt.
Somewhere in the last couple of years, 2 Chainz realized his too-cool-for-school and latchkey demeanor had overshadowed his superior mic skills and he began to take action. 2017's Pretty Girls Love Trap Music became his signature project via playlist-ready jams and a heightened visibility thanks to the Atlanta rap vet's association with non-Hip Hop publications. His latest offering, the oft-disjointed Rap or Go to the League, pads his discography with a bevy of new stage-ready material but won't be the reason for his come-up all the same.
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