2 Chainz, formerly known as Tity Boi, has had quite the interesting come up in the last few months. Although I am still somewhat skeptical, his verse on Mercy put him on my roadmap of artists to follow. He has already worked with Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, Drake and Curren$y, just to name a few. The College Park native certainly has a unique flow that is raw, unfiltered and full of bravado. At times he delivers flawlessly and at others can come off as almost obnoxious. However, the more you listen, you can’t help but nod your head and feel way cooler than you probably are. When I first heard this in my crappy headphones, I was far from impressed. I am currently on my fifth consecutive listen, turned all the way up on these Bose speakers, with a heavy head nod going. In his verse, Kanye West, who also assisted on the beat, matches the rawness of Deuce, but with the grace and confidence that only he can pull off.
The rise of this kind of coarse, hard-hitting hip-hop is interestingly parallel to that of electronic trap music. A combination of the two styles could be explosive and today’s release of the TNGHT EP further confirms the convergence of the genres. Birthday Song is the second single off 2 Chainz’s upcoming album, Based on a T.R.U. Story, due out on August 14th, and the explicit version can be purchased on iTunes. Don’t listen to this unless you can slap it on full blast.