5 Reasons 2 Chainz Wins On His Solo Debut, "Based On A T.R.U. Story"
"Tru" or false? Two years ago, you thought 2 Chainz would have one of the most anticipated albums of 2012.
With all due respect to the-artist-formerly-known-as-Tity-Boi's favorite ad-lib…FAAAAAAALSE! In fact, if you'd told us two years ago that we'd be sitting here bumping 2 Chainz' solo debut, Based On A T.R.U. Story, as hard as we are right now, we probably would have told you that you were crazy. If we're being honest here, we thought we'd crown Papoose the "King of New York" before we'd ever give our complete and total attention to one of the guys from Playaz Circle. And yet, here we are! We're bumping 2 Chainz solo debut super hard and enjoying every second of it.
Well, almost every second of it. You see, there were such high hopes for B.O.A.T.S. after all the guest verses 2 Chainz dropped in the last 24 months that it was impossible for him to jump over the bar that was set for him in the months leading up to his album's release. So, B.O.A.T.S. isn't exactly a classic rap album. But, for the most part, we think 2 Chainz did a pretty solid job delivering an album that, as the whole, is plenty enjoyable. It's packed with solid beats, ridiculous rhymes, and, for lack of a better word, lots and lots of swag. It's clear 2 Chainz has found what works for him over the course of the last two years—and he uses it to his advantage on B.O.A.T.S.
To show you exactly what we mean, we put together a list of the 5 Reasons 2 Chainz Wins On His Solo Debut, Based On A T.R.U. Story. If you haven't pressed play on it yet, this is why you should. Truuuuuuu!
Reason #1: 2 Chainz doesn't try to get too deep or take things too seriously on the album.
In the long run, this could hurt 2 Chainz. Artists with staying power are able to give a little bit of themselves to their listeners. But, for now, we're glad that 2 Chainz didn't take himself too seriously on his debut. If you've heard him rap in the past on other peoples' stuff, you're not going to be thrown for a loop when you listen to his album. He talks about money, strippers, clothes, cars, more strippers, and…well, you probably get the point. Again, this formula won't work forever. But, we can't blame 2 Chainz for continuing to use the formula that's worked for him thus far.
Reason #2: 2 Chainz doesn't pack the album with guest appearances.
We'd imagine that there are plenty of artists out there who owe 2 Chainz a favor. So, he very easily could have gone ahead and called them all in to get a ton of guest appearances on his album. He didn't do that. Sure, Lil Wayne appears on a track, as does Drake, Kanye West, and Nicki Minaj. But, 2 Chainz doesn't let anyone steal the show and he also allows his own stuff to breathe by limiting the guest appearances elsewhere. In doing so, he proves that he can shine on his own when he has to.
Reason #3: 2 Chainz sounds really confident on every single song on the album.
We mentioned the word "swag" in the intro to this list. And, we hated doing it. It's become the most generic word in rap. But, really, there's no better word to describe the way 2 Chainz is rapping right now. Even if you're not a fan, you can't deny that the guy is rapping these days like he really believes that every single thing he says is the hottest rhyme ever. That confidence shines through on every song. Just go listen to "I'm Different" and try to tell us otherwise.
Reason #4: 2 Chainz drops plenty of funny #What2ChainzWouldSay lines on the album.
Remember that silly #What2ChainzWouldSay hashtag that popped up on Twitter a few months ago and had everyone putting together their own 2 Chainz lines? 2 Chainz apparently didn't take that to heart, because he has plenty of funny lines scattered throughout the album that follow the rhyme pattern that everyone clowned when the #What2ChainzWouldSay hashtag was popping off. And, you know what? We love them all.
Reason #5: 2 Chainz leaves himself room to grow as an artist on the album.
Unfortunately, when most highly-anticipated debut albums drop, they're disappointing. A lot of times new artists produce such great stuff at the beginnings of their careers that they simply can't match it on their first full-length projects. But, on his debut, 2 Chainz simply keeps the momentum going by dropping an album that, if nothing else, is consistent with what we've come to know and love about 2 Chainz. Is it a classic? No way. But, did we listen to it and say, "We got all excited for this?" No way. Instead, we more or less got what we expected from B.O.A.T.S. and we're excited to see which direction 2 Chainz takes his career in next. In our book, that's a win.