On his fourth studio album, ‘Pretty Girls Like Trap Music,’ southern rapper 2 Chainz delivers just that – trap music.
2 Chainz isn’t the deepest rapper in the game…understatement. Nonetheless, he’s had his moments. On Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, he’s consistent more often than not. It’s no masterpiece, but it’s worthwhile, particularly for southern rap enthusiasts.
Guitar-infused trap opener “Saturday Night” kicks things off in electrifying fashion. 2 Chainz raps with his signature, humorous, sometimes ridiculous delivery. He says nothing profound, but he’s on his game. “Riverdale Rd” follows up solidly, finding 2 Chainz backed by sordid, malicious production work. Ultimately, the production is perfect fuel for the fire. He keeps things simple – sometimes, downright stupid.
“Good Drank” gives the rapper his first of many star-studded collaborations, featuring the mush-mouthed Gucci Mane and the ubiquitous Quavo. The results are satisfactory. Gucci Mane shines on his lethargic verse, while Quavo adds some serious swagger to the hook. 2 Chainz, is true to himself. On “4 AM,” Travis Scott assists, featuring a unique sound matching the idiosyncratic MC. Like “Good Drank,” it’s goes off without a hitch. Throughout, 2 Chainz thinks with his pants. Shocking, right?
“Door Swangin” isn’t ‘anything to write home about,’ but decent. “Realize,” featuring Nicki Minaj is intriguing. It perfectly suits Minaj, who sings the hook and raps the second verse. The next couple of collaborations are good, but not next level. “Poor Fool” brings on Swae Lee (Rae Sremmurd), who sounds comfortable with Mike WiLL Made-It on the boards. Drake appears on “Big Amount,” another production tailor-made to the sensibilities of the featured guest.
“It’s a Vibe”
2 Chainz strikes gold on “It’s a Vibe,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz, and Jhené Aiko. Depth is nonexistent, but the vibe is real. Ty Dolla $ign and Trey Songz amplify sexual intent, while 2 Chainz focuses on money, sex, and hustling. Aiko sounds as sensual as ever in her sweet, ‘cool-as-a-cucumber’ voice.
“Rolls Royce B***h” is a flex track. We learn that, “The doors go dat way, the doors go dat way.” On “Sleep When U Die,” 2 Chainz is so high that the only time he’s worried about sleeping is when he dies. “Trap Check” is closer to the quality of “It’s a Vibe,” packing undisputable punch.
“Blue Cheese” featuring Migos is lethargic and luxurious in sound and vibes. It’s respectable, but NOT the second coming. “OG Kush Diet” is well-produced, but 2 Chainz doesn’t offer anything he hasn’t offered before. “Bailan” featuring Pharrell, is plum dumb, but the album ends on a high note with “Burglar Bars” featuring Monica. Ultimately, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music is neither transcendent nor a classic, but it’s an enjoyably, dumb southern rap album.
If you’d like to enjoy the full-fledged analysis of the album, check out the 2 Chainz, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music | Album Review on The Musical Hype, published on June 21, 2017.
Gems: “Good Drank,” “4 AM,” “It’s a Vibe,” “Trap Check” & “Burglar Bars”