#1 Edited by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4308 posts) -

You know what, Based On A TRU Story by 2 Chainz is the greatest album of the year.    
  

   
  
Ok no its not but 2 Chainz is probably my favourite rapper that I first heard of in 2012 because his music is stupid fun.  There, I said it.  This is the kind of music that just makes me want to go insane and wave my arms and shit.  I like 2 Chainz.  He doesnt have thought provoking lyrics but I think theyre hilarious.  Hes different and hes likable.  Other rappers talk about the same stuff that he talks about (money, women, etc.) but something about the way 2 Chainz brings himself together is just amazing.   
 
Honestly, once you accept that youre listening to bad music it becomes so much more likeable for some strange reason.  I could just be an insanely pretentious "hip hop head" and bash this album but I embraced the amazing ratchetness that is this album.   
 
I give this album 34300 chains out of 24093 dollar bills.   
 
**EDIT** 
Forgot to add the part where I got into his music through that Drake song where I was listening to it and I turned up the volume just loud to mock the song but something about that clicked with me.  
#2 Posted by BraveToaster (12589 posts) -

2 Chainz has been around for a while. Some of his songs/feature are decent, but he raps like he has a wad of spit in his mouth.

#3 Posted by Getz (3031 posts) -

I'm not impressed, can't see the appeal.

#4 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4308 posts) -
@BraveToaster: Thats true, I found out about him this year though.  Im not gonna look up his older stuff where he was in that group and stuff.   I figured that his delivery has to do with southern slang.
 
@Getz: you just have to embrace the stupidity but I can see where youre coming from.  It took a while for him to grow on me.  
#5 Posted by TheVeteran13 (1210 posts) -

In a year where both El-P and Aesop Rock have new albums I'm very inclined to disagree with your statement.

#6 Posted by Chaser324 (6589 posts) -

What the hell are Drake and Kanye doing throwing down rhymes for this hack? Is there some sort of hidden genius here that I'm not picking up on because to me it seems like this is pretty bad. The lyrics, beats, and delivery all seem sub-par.

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#7 Edited by smitty86 (698 posts) -

Just off the top: Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music & Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions trump that. But I get it, the statement was more for shock value than truth. He gained my respect as a rapper when he stole the show on "Mercy." Still, he will always be remembered first as Titi Boi first to me.

#8 Posted by SmasheControllers (2550 posts) -

Just had an Ad for it on Spotify and man I couldn't believe it. Reminds me that all modern rappers are really bad.

#9 Edited by beepmachine (618 posts) -

@SmasheControllers: Nah you just gotta look a little harder.

In terms of rap, Lupe Fiasco has Food & Liquor II out in September, and Tyler the Creator is supposed to release an album too (I don't really "get" his stuff but it's definitely more interesting than this guy). But hey man, it's all subjective so play that shit loud!

#10 Posted by Intro (1207 posts) -

@Getz said:

I'm not impressed, can't see the appeal.

#11 Edited by NegativeCero (3005 posts) -

I've only heard him featuring on a Big KRIT song which I thought did alright on. Other than that, this is my first exposure to him. Can't say I'm a fan.

#12 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4308 posts) -
@Chaser324: I found it really weird that Kanye signed him to his label.  The same label with him, Common and John Legend.  Its a weird world.   
 
@TheVeteran13: I agree with yours because I said that its not the best rap album of 2012.  Didnt the Ab Soul album come out this year?  I would say that and the Rone album are definitely better as all around projects.  I just like the silliness of his music.   
 
@smitty86: Did Habits and Contraditions really come out this year?  Man, Ive been bumping that shit for so long that I thought it came out a while back.   
 
@dennisthemennis: Oh shit, you just reminded me.  Im really looking forward to F&L II.  Im really impressed with all 3 of the tracks he dropped so far.  I dont really like Tyler the Creator and OF in general.  I feel like their flow has a 90s feel to it but I really cant get behind the lyrics.  If youre rapping like that, I want to hear really good lyrics.  
#13 Posted by blindisaac (141 posts) -

I love 2 Chainz. Not everything I listen to has to be profound and critically acclaimed. I love how he believes he isnt human.

#14 Edited by SarjuTheRapper (279 posts) -

kendrick lamar is probably gonna drop some game changing shit october 2nd. if it dont get delayed; aftermath has a poor track record with that kinda thing.

#15 Posted by Vinny_Says (5714 posts) -

I'd rather listen to that upcoming ASAP Mob album for my simple minded rap music. At least they can get some good beats on their songs. Something about 2 chainz just makes him come off as a boring lame-wad who will appear on garbage like bees in the trap. Also if you want some bad rap check out Flatbush Zombies:

#16 Posted by Demoskinos (14886 posts) -

Only thing I've heard him on was the track he did with Kreayshawn.

#17 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4308 posts) -
@Vinny_Says: Honestly, 2 Chainz is a hoe when it comes to those features.  I wouldve agreed about the beats if I didnt like that kind of trashy rap but I just got so accustomed to trap beats this year.  I havent really gotten into ASAP Mob and even Rocky himself.  Sure, he has those songs where you can mellow out to but I would rather go all out if I want to hear something stupid.   And Flatbush Zombies are fantastic.  
 
Like Riff Raff 
  
I feel like Im losing brain cells after listening to all this type of music.  I need help.  
#18 Posted by sissylion (679 posts) -

Man, 2 Chainz is the worst.

#19 Posted by beepmachine (618 posts) -

@the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG: Yeah I think Around My Way is my favourite Lupe song thus far actually. Sick beat and his wordplay is better than ever. I'm not a big OF fan either, but I like that they stand out and are totally different from anything else, and I love that they will say anything. I think Yonkers is a fucking kick ass song though, and the music video is amazing. I think when Tyler grows up a bit he could be amazing.

#20 Posted by david3cm (635 posts) -

The best thing about 2 Chainz is that he used to go by Titi Boi, which is the best rep moniker there ever was.

#21 Posted by AjayRaz (12431 posts) -

this shit is dumb. i don't think it's very good. although i kind of have a soft spot for dumb rap/hiphop in my heart. although that spot is mostly filled by Lil B, i have some sort of liking to music that kills my brain cells the more i listen to it. not for long, thankfully since it also gets boring really fast.

if anything, that one song reminded me of how much i don't like Drake. he could be reading a death threat to me and his voice would make me fall asleep

#22 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4308 posts) -
@dennisthemennis: His wordplay is pretty insane.  Some of those entendres in The Cool, holy shit.  I personally like Bad Bitch because of how his conversationalist flow is really outside of the box.  But he did really great on the TROY beat.  Although I dont like their music, I really like the crew.  Theyre young, stupid, immature and funny.  What more could you want?  Yeah Yonkers has a really great feel to it.  And I agree, Tyler is a pretty young dude.  
#23 Posted by Meltac (2002 posts) -

I liked him better when he called himself Tity Boi

#24 Posted by thedj93 (1237 posts) -

@AjayRaz: woop woop swag

this songs not even that dumb forreal

#25 Posted by AjayRaz (12431 posts) -
#26 Posted by thedj93 (1237 posts) -

@AjayRaz: BITCH IM BESS DRESSD

ok

#27 Posted by SpecDotSign (166 posts) -

@dennisthemennis said:

@SmasheControllers: Nah you just gotta look a little harder.

In terms of rap, Lupe Fiasco has Food & Liquor II out in September, and Tyler the Creator is supposed to release an album too (I don't really "get" his stuff but it's definitely more interesting than this guy). But hey man, it's all subjective so play that shit loud!

Nas' album is pretty legit. But you're right, Lupe's album is gonna destroy anything "hip hop" related this year. In my opinion he is the best mainstream hip hop artist out that gets NO LOVE.

#28 Posted by SpecDotSign (166 posts) -

@thedj93: Oh snap?! Lil' B the #basedgawd himself? lmaooo. he sucks though.

#29 Posted by AjayRaz (12431 posts) -

@thedj93: still one of the best songs i've heard in my entire life. the last minute or so is some of the most philosophical and wise shit that i've ever been graced with.

#30 Posted by thedj93 (1237 posts) -

@SpecDotSign said:

Nas' album is pretty legit. But you're right, Lupe's album is gonna destroy anything "hip hop" related this year. In my opinion he is the best mainstream hip hop artist out that gets NO LOVE.

i think it'll come down between Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, Mad City and Lupe Fiasco's Food/Liquor 2. in fact, im willing to bet that if they both come out on schedule they'll be competing in one way or another. probably only between fan boys and shit but who knows.

i have a feeling lupe may have an ace up his sleeve. kendrick's album on the other hand is something of a known quantity. it's probably going to explore many of the same themes as section 80 (dissecting hedonism in a way that speaks to his generation). i hope food and liquor 2 marks a comeback for lupe cause lasers was a little low-impact.

also, this

#31 Posted by jonnyboy (2920 posts) -

The fact that this could be genuinely considered the best rap album of 2012 is the most depressing statement of the music industry today.

#32 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7098 posts) -

OJT-bro, I love you and all but...I don't see what's good about 2 Chainz.

#33 Posted by thedj93 (1237 posts) -

@jonnyboy said:

The fact that this could be genuinely considered the best rap album of 2012 is the most depressing statement of the music industry today.

it's not all bad

#34 Posted by Little_Socrates (5677 posts) -

@jonnyboy said:

The fact that this could be genuinely considered the best rap album of 2012 is the most depressing statement of the music industry today.

That's because it can't be. Regardless of my opinion that 2 Chainz is one of the worst, no one is very seriously saying that it is or could be. My only exposure to him is his verse on "Mercy", which takes a song I don't like and throws it into the dirt to be stomped on like a bad, bad joke.

My money's with Azealia Banks stealing the show.

#35 Posted by Vinny_Says (5714 posts) -

@thedj93 said:

@SpecDotSign said:

Nas' album is pretty legit. But you're right, Lupe's album is gonna destroy anything "hip hop" related this year. In my opinion he is the best mainstream hip hop artist out that gets NO LOVE.

i think it'll come down between Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, Mad City and Lupe Fiasco's Food/Liquor 2. in fact, im willing to bet that if they both come out on schedule they'll be competing in one way or another. probably only between fan boys and shit but who knows.

i have a feeling lupe may have an ace up his sleeve. kendrick's album on the other hand is something of a known quantity. it's probably going to explore many of the same themes as section 80 (dissecting hedonism in a way that speaks to his generation). i hope food and liquor 2 marks a comeback for lupe cause lasers was a little low-impact.

also, this

Lupe will probably just fuck up again like he did with lasers; I really hope he was joking when he said 97% of today's rap is garbage. Kendrick pretty much has the freedom to do whatever he wants but he might also fall into the same trap that every rapper seems to these days (really wanting to be played on the radio 26 times a day).

But honestly, I doubt either album will "destroy" Killer Mike's R.A.P. music.

#36 Posted by thedj93 (1237 posts) -

on an unrelated note, feel free to stream mf doom's new album dropping on monday here

#37 Posted by jonnyboy (2920 posts) -

@thedj93: Nice, the associated track 'anywhere but here' sounds like a dark De La Soul joint. Like it.

#38 Posted by SpecDotSign (166 posts) -

@Vinny_Says said:

@thedj93 said:

@SpecDotSign said:

Nas' album is pretty legit. But you're right, Lupe's album is gonna destroy anything "hip hop" related this year. In my opinion he is the best mainstream hip hop artist out that gets NO LOVE.

i think it'll come down between Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, Mad City and Lupe Fiasco's Food/Liquor 2. in fact, im willing to bet that if they both come out on schedule they'll be competing in one way or another. probably only between fan boys and shit but who knows.

i have a feeling lupe may have an ace up his sleeve. kendrick's album on the other hand is something of a known quantity. it's probably going to explore many of the same themes as section 80 (dissecting hedonism in a way that speaks to his generation). i hope food and liquor 2 marks a comeback for lupe cause lasers was a little low-impact.

also, this

Lupe will probably just fuck up again like he did with lasers; I really hope he was joking when he said 97% of today's rap is garbage. Kendrick pretty much has the freedom to do whatever he wants but he might also fall into the same trap that every rapper seems to these days (really wanting to be played on the radio 26 times a day).

But honestly, I doubt either album will "destroy" Killer Mike's R.A.P. music.

I really liked Lasers. Despite all the crap his record label put him through, I think he did a great job. I trust Lupe lyrically. And I haven't heard any of Killer Mike's new stuff so I'll check that out. I have no idea who Kendrick Lamar is. I'm into conscious hip hop and spoken word stuff, Is KL any of that? If so, I'll have to give him a listen.

#39 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (1215 posts) -

@TheVeteran13 said:

In a year where both El-P and Aesop Rock have new albums I'm very inclined to disagree with your statement.

#40 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (1215 posts) -

@SpecDotSign said:

@dennisthemennis said:

@SmasheControllers: Nah you just gotta look a little harder.

In terms of rap, Lupe Fiasco has Food & Liquor II out in September, and Tyler the Creator is supposed to release an album too (I don't really "get" his stuff but it's definitely more interesting than this guy). But hey man, it's all subjective so play that shit loud!

Nas' album is pretty legit. But you're right, Lupe's album is gonna destroy anything "hip hop" related this year. In my opinion he is the best mainstream hip hop artist out that gets NO LOVE.

Maybe he gets "no love" for releasing that shit storm Lasers. You can't spoil us with something great like The Cool and just expect us to embrace that crap.

#41 Posted by Vinny_Says (5714 posts) -

@SpecDotSign said:

@Vinny_Says said:

@thedj93 said:

@SpecDotSign said:

Nas' album is pretty legit. But you're right, Lupe's album is gonna destroy anything "hip hop" related this year. In my opinion he is the best mainstream hip hop artist out that gets NO LOVE.

i think it'll come down between Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, Mad City and Lupe Fiasco's Food/Liquor 2. in fact, im willing to bet that if they both come out on schedule they'll be competing in one way or another. probably only between fan boys and shit but who knows.

i have a feeling lupe may have an ace up his sleeve. kendrick's album on the other hand is something of a known quantity. it's probably going to explore many of the same themes as section 80 (dissecting hedonism in a way that speaks to his generation). i hope food and liquor 2 marks a comeback for lupe cause lasers was a little low-impact.

also, this

Lupe will probably just fuck up again like he did with lasers; I really hope he was joking when he said 97% of today's rap is garbage. Kendrick pretty much has the freedom to do whatever he wants but he might also fall into the same trap that every rapper seems to these days (really wanting to be played on the radio 26 times a day).

But honestly, I doubt either album will "destroy" Killer Mike's R.A.P. music.

I really liked Lasers. Despite all the crap his record label put him through, I think he did a great job. I trust Lupe lyrically. And I haven't heard any of Killer Mike's new stuff so I'll check that out. I have no idea who Kendrick Lamar is. I'm into conscious hip hop and spoken word stuff, Is KL any of that? If so, I'll have to give him a listen.

There's some conscious stuff in his catalogue. A mix of mainstream beats, a good message and strong lyrics/wordplay is how I would describe him.

#42 Posted by damnboyadvance (4060 posts) -

I'm listening to No Lie right now. Love that song. I don't care how bad or untalented people think hip hop is. It's one of the funnest genres to listen to.

#43 Posted by billyhoush (1192 posts) -

It's a good album to throw on while at the gym.

#44 Posted by WMWA (1162 posts) -

I always get kinda self conscious when I type the whole 2 CHAAAAIIINZ thing. Like, is there a certain amount of A's and I's I should use? Was it a Z or an S on the end? These are things I need to know.

On a more serious note, I just can't get into 2 Chainz. He's been ruining mad Kanye songs for me lately. =\