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Chief Keef Offers Little Substance on “Rehab”


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Chief Keef • “F*ck Rehab” • Glory Gang / Interscope Single Release Date: March 13, 2014

51sWsU0kKtL._SL500_AA280_Chief Keef – that’s that MC that I don’t like… just keeping it one hunna… Maybe that’s too harsh or an unfair statement to make, but Chief Keef failed to impress on his 2012 debut LP Finally Rich. Few would deny the potency of “I Don’t Like” from Finally Rich (I was onboard), while some may be even more generous and give the MC a nod for “Love Sosa” or the incredibly irresponsible “Hate Being Sober”. Still, the album as a whole was lacking in quality material.  Additionally, it was an epic fail as far as commercial aspirations – ole boy didn’t make money of ironically title album itself! Yes, Chief is a young dude (a teenager) and surely development and progression will hopefully develop him into a well-rounded MC.  However at this point, in the present, Chief is so-so at best.  Some might even say he sucks, but we won’t take the criticism to that level.  Latest single “F*ck Rehab” certainly doesn’t find Chief upping the ante where depth of lyrics or themes is concerned, that’s for sure.

Chief Keef2-20121023-78F*ck Rehab” sort of piggybacks on Keef’s better songs, namely “I Don’t Like” and “Hate Being Sober” with its unapologetic sentiment.  This unapologetic approach is a strong suit and isn’t where the skepticism lies. The problem is, this five-minute plus track isn’t nearly as good or catchy as the MC’s “aces in the hole”.  Sure, Keef at least has basis for “F*ck Rehab” given the alcoholic indulgence of “Hate Being Sober”, but the rhymes again lack, well, substance, despite their approval of substance abuse.  The hook, much like the title just lays it all out there: “F*ck rehab! Oh no no no…” As they say in AA, “the first step is admitting that you have a problem” and apparently, the rebellious, rambunctious MC doesn’t think he does.

Throughout the track, the references to Keef’s dope usage are prevalent.  “B*tch I be smoking dope what you mean?” Chief Keef-20121023-77Keef raps on the opening line of his verse.  He truly throws up double birds to the notion of entering rehab later within the verse: “Let me get them hitters, I’m counting out the cut, getting loud now / and that ain’t even registered, they come and clean the sh*t up like pronto / I could be on the block running round shooting sh*t up like Rambo / but the judge gonna lock me up for smoking a little dope.”  An assisting Big Glo only encourages bad habits, rapping about “uppers” and being “numb” from using them.  Adding to the irresponsibility is reference to violence, specifically resorting to guns: “Sosa’ll buck, we might just go shoot up a club / that sh*t ain’t gon’ cost but a dub / my lawyer gon’ give me some plug.”  SMH!

Ultimately, “F*ck Rehab” is as much an open book as Chief Keef has proven to be so far into his career.  He doesn’t care ultimately.  And if he doesn’t care enough to deliver songs with some true lyrical substance behind the tough-nosed attitude, why should we, the hip-hop fans give a [bleep]? I’ll admit, I don’t care for “F*ck Rehab” as a song nor as a message.  Additionally, I’ll admit I had no desire to like it even prior to listening.  Call it biased, but the title itself gives you all you need to know and the song offers little beyond that.  Ultimately, “F*ck Rehab” isn’t too hot.

Verdict: ★½

Review: 2 Chainz, ‘B.O.A.T.S. II: #Me Time’


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2 Chainz Does Dumb Surprisingly Well on B.O.A.T.S. II

2 Chainz⎪ B.O.A.T.S. II: #Me Time⎪Def Jam⎪⎪US Release Date: September 10

2 Chainz-ZNV-000958Let’s get one thing straight from the get-go… 2 Chainz is crazy! Like totally cray cray.  Honestly, B.O.A.T.S. II: #Me Time should be a disaster (add a profanity of choice in front of ‘disaster’). Somehow though, through all of Tauheed Epps’ stupidity, he puts together a dumb, but fun rap album.  Yeah, maybe there isn’t one single cut that supplants the brilliantly, naughty “Birthday Song” which I still jam out to on my iPod, but there is plenty of songs that lack substance that give the listener, um, a guilty pleasure.  2 CHAINZ!

The fun starts with “Fork”, in which 2 Chainz “…had a dream that rap wouldn’t work / woke up on the block, had to hit it with the fork / skrrr, skrrr, skrrr, skrrr, skrrr: hit it with the fork… rap don’t work, records ain’t bein’ sold…so much money on me, it won’t even fold….” Yeah something like that. What is he talking about? Good question! Well, sounds like drugs, rap albums not selling, and having more money than he’ll ever need.  If that’s not enough, he elaborates on his excesses, maybe best epitomized by a lyric like “I drink red b**ches, I don’t drink Red Bulls…” Alrighty then, heck of a way to start 2 Chainz by hitting it with the fork.

2 Chainz-ZNV-001216On “36”, the king of dumb educates us listeners on the hook: “36 / that’s how many ounces in a brick / 36, 36, 36, 36…” So if you had no idea about the wait of drug paraphernalia, 2 Chainz has schooled you over the course of one minute and a half.  Feel lifted?  Then after all the drugs, the “Feds Watching”, featuring and produced by Pharrell Williams.  2 Chainz begins his first verse with bragging about material things (“Dreads hang on designer everything…”), then goes on to the strip club (“This that category 5 when I walk up in the strip club…”), and throws in some drugs for good measure (“Backing soda marketing , I’m getting it ain’t I? Obviously…”). He caps all of his higher level thinking with a simple, summative hook: “I’mma be fresh as hell if the Feds watching….” So basically, even if 2 Chainz gets caught, he’s going to be ‘fresh to death’ I’m assuming? I don’t know about all that, but the track is killer.

Where U Been” keeps things consistently ‘materialistic’, featuring the assist from Cap.1.  Simply, 2 Chainz has been balling “getting money, where the f**k you been?”.  Oh and to add a little more oomph to his brashness, he throws in the ‘tasteful’ punch “bought a new crib just to f**k you in.”  Seems extreme to me, but he is 2 Chainz. Oh an as for Cap.1’s contributions, perhaps the lyric “My b**ch she’s so pretty that’s my Pocahontas…” takes the cake.  Next, my boy brings in Drake and Lil Wayne for the superstar collaboration “I Do It”.  Simplicity remains key, particularly given 2 Chainz’s opening ‘salvo’: “Hang up on a b**ch, call it crucified”.  Still, he has his moments.  Drake may have the best line, when he alludes to Lil Wayne near the end of the second verse: “Man I just hear this sh*t and think about what Tunechi will tell you / he might call up Patricia, she ‘bout to call up Melissa…” Oh and in case you’re wondering, yes Lil Wayne talks about sex on his verse… shocker.  The Outro is a nice contrast though.

2 Chainz-RWP-011385Used 2” keeps the absurdity alive and well, evidenced by the ridiculous hook which seems to reference recording the naughty and uploading it to youtube as looking for a baby mama… SMH.  Repetition is 2 Chainz’s best friend here, or his worst enemy with the clumsy lines he chooses to repeat.  He ‘redeems’ himself on the it’s-so-ridiculously-stupid-it’s-good “Netflix” which pairs him with Fergie… what a combo, phew! Where do you even start? 2 Chainz references weed, sex tapes, the paparazzi, high end fashion, and uninspired rappers all in the matter of his first verse.  On her verse, Fergie lifts from “Birthday Song” (“When I die, bury me inside the liquor store…”), as well as dropping the obligatory weed reference, blowing wads of money, and “b**ches copying” her.  And then there’s that hook… “I know you had the time of your life…you know I’m gettin’ money, ten, twenty, thirty, forty, Ill be countin’ this sh*t all night…” Geez Louise!

Extra” is one that annoys me.  Yeah, yeah, I know 2 Chainz is no Nas, but 2 Chainz’s pop-rap here is a bit questionable, even for him.  The most shameful line from Chainz? “I just had a threesome for three weeks in a row / Last name Chainz, first name Two…” WTF? Rich Homie Quan guests on the third verse.  On “U Da Realest”, Chainz states “I’m like a quarterback, hand it off / drop the work in the pot, watch it cannonball / I done seen ‘em ball, I done seen ‘em fall / rest in peace to my n***a, you da realest, dawg…”  Somewhere in there there seems to be some substance… well besides what’s in that pot he references.   But of course, he ruins a good moment too, like “Rest in my piece to all my n***as, they died while they was servin’ / rest in peace to all the soldiers that died in the service / I died in her…” I. Have. No. Words…that I’m going to publish here…

2 Chainz-RWP-011380Then comes “Beautiful Pain”, which features Lloyd and Mase.  2 Chainz doesn’t take himself seriously, but Lloyd refines things on a fine hook (“Oh I feel so fly / came so far, but I still wanna fly…see what this beautiful pain, provide / baby look into my eyes…”) And of course, Mase keeps things classy.  Overall, “Beautiful Pain” stands out.  T-Pain joins the boatload of collaborators on “So We Can Live”, drenched in autotune as always.  2 Chainz has plenty of ‘interesting’ moments, whether it’s his illegal activities (“Mama don’t work, heater don’t work / Police pulled me over and said he seen weed on my shirt / I pray to the lord and ask for forgiveness / If he popped my trunk I can get a life sentence…”), playing copycat (“Simon says, monkey see money do / I wore the shirt, you wore the same shirt too…”) or being the sh*t (“appetite for destruction, and I don’t need a menu / so far ahead of y’all n***as, I can see you in my rearview…”) . There it is, I suppose.

He’s hella clumsy on “Mainstream Ratchet”, but isn’t that understandable? Proceed with caution folks! I mean, anything with the word ratchet in it…  “And that’s ratchet huh? Her a$$ so big it look like she trying to walk backwards bruh…”  “Black Unicorn” contrasts, opening with an lovely spoken word performance by Sunni PattersonChrisette Michele handles the hook as classy and nuanced as always.  And as for Chainz, he’s not too shabby himself.  Ol’ boy gets himself together on “Outroduction”, presenting himself much more thoughtfully and candidly.  There are “two sides to a book” after all.

Classic or total bust? Neither, but B.O.A.T.S. II: #Me Time is actually a much better album than I envisioned it to be.  It’s hard to call an effort with so many references to sex, drugs, and irresponsibility a masterpiece, but I’ll give it to 2 Chainz, he certainly has some highlights here.  If you’re a fan of more intellectual rap though, this is not your cup of tea. But if you don’t mind going ‘stupid’ like a lot, well then, this album is your new jam.

Favorites: “36”; “Feds Watching”; “I Do It”; “Netflix”; “Beautiful Pain” 

Verdict: ✰✰✰✰

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