by 2 Chainz


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Don't get it twisted G.O.A.T.-style because those initials on the cover stand for "Based on a T.R.U. Story, a reference to the rapper's debut album, but "best of all time" isn't a bad guess after all because 2 Chainz's sophomore release is one serious step up. That's "serious" as in "significant" since the "METIME" on the cover references to 2 Chainz desire that this album feel like a vacation, and with the greatest hook here being a duet with Fergie that goes "Let's make a sex tape and put it Netflix," the concept of vacation-on-wax (or mp3) is at the very center of the rapper's comfort zone. Even so, the album is full of surprises, starting with Fergie's undeniably awesome stoner reference (even the snobbiest weed head should respect "You smoke that Bobby Brown, we on that Shabba Ranks"), and spanning all the way to the rebirth of rapper Mase, who drops a poignant look back at his troubled career during the somewhat sane stunner "Beautiful Pain" ("Call me a hypocrite, backstabber, you name it I done heard it/The way they speak of me you think I'm already murdered"). Like Jay-Z's "99 Problems," "Feds Watching" is a great number inspired by a police traffic stop ("I pray to the lord and ask for forgiveness/If he popped my trunk I can get a life sentence") but this time with Pharrell on the funky production and soulful hook, then there's the Mannie Fresh production "Black Unicorn," which features grand, elegant strings, and the last thing you'd expect on a 2 Chainz album: beat poetry. Still, these ambitious moments are just icing on the cake since the base of the album is the solid, silly, and trend-setting club tracks that fans expect, all of them delivered effortlessly and overflowing with simple street wit. Highlight "36" rumbles the trunk and makes a hook out herb measurements ("36, that's how many ounces in a briiiiiiiiiiick") while "Where U Been?" is heartbreak 2 Chainz and Mike Will Made-It style with betrayal lyrics going ghetto ("Bought a new crib just to f*ck you in") over hypnotic, pounding production. 2 Chainz is still a punch-line rapper at heart, but B.O.A.T.S. II adds some Bootsy Collins charisma and ambitious ringleader style to his discography. Pick the sequel over the original and get ready for some stinky, dank, and fun me time. [A clean version was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/10/2013
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602537507221
catalogNumber: 001906802

Album Credits

Performance Credits

2 Chainz   Primary Artist
DJ Toomp   Keyboards
DJ Jaycee   scratching
Chimere Scott   Background Vocals
Markeith Black   Guitar
Wayne Blazed   Vocals
Betty Idol   Vocals
Nakesha Ward   Vocals
Jeanette Epps   Vocals

Technical Credits

Derek Allen   Engineer
Vernon Bullock   Composer
DJ Toomp   Producer,Engineer
Mannie Fresh   Producer
P. Williams   Composer
Pharrell Williams   Producer
Sean C.   Producer
Mason Betha   Composer
Allen Parks   Management
Erica Novich   Music Business Affairs
Diplo   Producer
Wonder Arillo   Producer,Additional Production
DJ Montay   Producer
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League   Producer
Big Korey   Producer
Marz   Producer
Elements   Additional Production
DaHonorable C.N.O.T.E.   Producer
Finis "KY" White   Engineer,Vocal Mixing
D Rich   Producer
Antoinette Trotman   Music Business Affairs
Nicholas Warwar   Composer
Streetrunner   Producer
Jonz   Producer
Mike Larson   Engineer
Jeremy Stevenson   Engineer
Lynn Gonzalez   Music Business Affairs
DJA   Programming,Additional Production
Vol S. Davis   Music Business Affairs
Ian Allen   Music Business Affairs
Christopher Gholson   Composer,Producer
Theo Sedlmayr   Legal Counsel
Lisa Donini   Legal Counsel
Lloyd Polite   Composer
P-Nasty   Producer
Mike WiLL Made It   Producer
Vincent Venditto   Composer,Additional Production
Dismas Matheka   Management
Charlie Jabaley   Management
Kenneth Bartolomei   Composer
Tauheed Epps   Executive Producer
Jack "Suthernfolk" Brown   Engineer,Guitar Producer
Tommy Brown   Producer
Paul Lane   Package Production
Jenna Pinch   Cover Photo
David "D. Leeks" Leeks   Management
Bishop Henry W. White   Scriptwriter
Brian Stanley   Engineer

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