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on August 17, 2012
2 CHAINZZZZ!!! Reigning from Atlanta, Georgia, Tauheed Epps aka Tity Boi has been putting in work over the past decade. Some people might be unaware that 2 Chainz is actually one half of the group Playaz Circle, a group that tasted a brief success with their street hit "Duffle Bag Boy" feat. Lil Wayne coming 5 years ago. So needless to say 2 Chainz has been around a lot longer than some people may think. The year 2012 has been a very productive year for the former DTP artist, being the hot collaborator for many of todays hottest artists, appearing on practically everybodies songs as well as releasing a large mass of mixtapes he finally dropped his major label debut Based on A T.R.U. story. When I listen to 2 Chainz my expectations of him as a rapper are pretty low. I would never expect high calibur lyricsm, or thought provoking storylines when he raps, however there is one thing that 2 Chainz does have that many other MC's lack, and that is charisma. 2 Chainz is a grown man at the age of 36, so whenever he speaks it feels authentic and it never sounds like he is trying to impress anybody. The only probably is 2 Chainz (to me anyways)doesn't really have anything interesting to say. His music is defined as Trap Muzik, a southern style of Hip Hop that relies on hard hitting bass and aggressive snares. This type of music is nothing new, however on this album it is a much more glossy and defined trap sound with a mix of pop and soul samples.
Based On A T.R.U. Story is an album compiled of radio singles, which is not a problem for its commercial purposes, but as an album this album doesn't express who 2 Chainz is as a person which is a real problem. All I got out of 2 Chainz is mainly drugs, women, money and violent activities which is what horribly stereotypes the genre of Hip Hop. Again, I do not hold 2 Chainz to a high standard, what I expected from him is pretty much what I recieved, so I wasn't surprised with how extremely derivative this album was compared to just about 70-80% of other southern hip hop artists. But what I do like about this album is that it does completely what its supposed to do and its not getting attached to words such as classic or album of the year because its not that kind of album, and its not trying to be. My personal favorites of the album is "No Lie" feat. Drake a great catchy song thanks to hook man Drizzy. "Birthday Song" feat. Kanye West, a pretty lengthy song with a nice hard beat with a repetitive hook but fun lyrics. The song with the best productions are probably "Stop Me Now" featuring his Playaz Circle half with a great soulful sample. The rest of the album is filled with the same chauvunistic crap that I hate about hip hop of today. However, Hip Hop doesn't always have to be super deep, or super lyrical, this album is fun and thats perfectly fine. If you like southern trap music with car bumping productions and catchy repetitive hooks than this album is perfect for you. As for me, this album is what it is and I cannot discredit 2 Chainz for his hardwork to getting where he is at , and if this is his art than good for him, but I probably will not look forward to another 2 Chainz album from here on out.